Matthew Tipton - Player Profile


Full Name:Matthew John Tipton
Born:June 29th, 1980 (Bangor)
Position:Forward
Signed:May 13th, 2014
First Manager:Glenn Ferguson
Left Club:March 24th, 2016
Career Stats: 69 appearances, 28 goals
Full Debut: August 2nd, 2014 - Cliftonville 0 - 0 Ballymena United (Charity Shield - Final)
First Goal: August 23rd, 2014 - Dungannon Swifts 0 - 3 Ballymena United (League - NIFL Premiership)
Also Played For:Bury, Dundalk, Linfield, Oldham Athletic, Portadown

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2015-2016  NIFL Premiership 18 (4) 9 0.41 1 1 27.3% 13.6% 59.1%
 2014-2015  NIFL Premiership 43 (4) 19 0.40 2 0 44.7% 14.9% 40.4%
61 (8) 28 0.41

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Jan 30th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Ballinamallard United 2 - 4
 Dec 5th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 4
 Dec 1st, 2015 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Larne 3 - 2
 Nov 28th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 3
 Nov 21st, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 1 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Jan 30th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Ballinamallard United 2 - 4
 Nov 28th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 3
 Oct 10th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 2 - 3
 Sep 26th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 1
 Sep 12th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 6 - 1

Well travelled veteran Welsh striker Matthew Tipton’s last stop of a stellar professional football career was with Ballymena United for two years, of which he was top goalscorer during the 2014/2015 campaign before retiring in April 2016.

Born in Bangor (Wales), ‘Tippy’ started his career as an apprentice with Oldham Athletic where he made his professional debut in December 1997, after over 100 appearances with the Silkmen he moved to Macclesfield Town in February 2002. He had also earned caps at Under-21 level for Wales during his time with Oldham. Macclesfield proved to the most prolific time of his career in the Football League as he went onto enjoyed three separate spells at Moss Rose between 2002 and 2010. There were short spells at Mansfield (2005) and Bury (2005-2007) as well as a spell in non-league football with Hyde United and Droylsden.

Following release from his third spell at Macclesfield Town, Matthew made his first venture into Irish football with League of Ireland side Dundalk in July 2010. Ronnie McFall persuaded the Welsh forward to join Portadown in December 2010 on an 18 month contract and enjoyed a rich vein of form in front of goal at Shamrock Park which lead to another move for the now 32-year-old – to David Jeffrey’s League Champions, Linfield.

Two seasons at Windsor Park did not go to plan for Matthew due to injuries and the dominance of rivals Cliftonville, which also meant the end of Jeffrey’s 17-year- tenure. Following his release from Windsor Park, Glenn Ferguson moved very quickly to snap up the veteran goal-getter in May 2014 initially on a one year deal with Tipton declaring ‘the negotiations took only a matter of minutes – I knew speaking to Glenn (Ferguson), Ballymena was the club for me’. The move proved a master-stroke; Tipton finished top goalscorer with 19 goals in all competitions and picked up a League Cup final runners-up medal following the defeat to Cliftonville in January 2015.

His second season was plagued by niggling injuries which cost Tipton a place in the victorious County Antrim Shield final team, following frank discussions with new United boss David Jeffrey, his contract was mutually terminated in March 2016 with Matthew eventually declaring his retirement a few months later after 28 goals in 69 appearances for the Braidmen.

Following the closure of his playing career, Matthew moved into coaching in May 2016 – joining Barry Gray’s staff at recently relegated Warrenpoint Town. In November 2016, he was elevated to the position of first-team manager with Gray’s blessing with his first match of his managerial tenure ironically coming against Ballymena United in the NI League Cup quarter-final.

Last updated: 5 March 2017

 Goals Scored
Aug 23rd, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 3 - 0 (7')
Aug 23rd, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 3 - 0 (50')
Aug 25th, 2014 League Cup  (H)  vs. Newington YC 3 - 0 (69')
Sep 27th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 2 (36')
Oct 7th, 2014 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ballyclare Com. 3 - 1 (57')
Oct 7th, 2014 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ballyclare Com. 3 - 1 (37') p
Oct 7th, 2014 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ballyclare Com. 3 - 1 (78') p
Nov 15th, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 2 (48')
Nov 15th, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 2 (63')
Dec 6th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Linfield 2 - 3 (71') p
Dec 16th, 2014 League Cup  (A)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 3 - 2 (59')
Dec 26th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 4 - 3 (55')
Dec 26th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 4 - 3 (83')
Jan 10th, 2015 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Crumlin Star 4 - 0 (5') p
Jan 17th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 5 - 5 (4')
Jan 17th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 5 - 5 (84')
Feb 28th, 2015 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. HW Welders 3 - 2 (85')
Mar 28th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 3 - 1 (90')
Apr 7th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 1 (37')
Sep 5th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 3 - 1 (38')
Sep 12th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 6 - 1 (28') p
Sep 12th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 6 - 1 (86') p
Sep 12th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 6 - 1 (45') p
Sep 26th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 1 (34')
Oct 10th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 2 - 3 (45')
Nov 28th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 3 (48')
Nov 28th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 3 (63')
Jan 30th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 2 - 4 (46')

 Hat-Tricks
Oct 7th, 2014 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ballyclare Com. 3 - 1 (3 goals)
Sep 12th, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 6 - 1 (3 goals)