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Matthew Upson




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Upson joined Arsenal in a £2million transfer from Luton in May 1997, but due to the high profile centre backs that the Gunners had to choose from during their title winning 1997/98 season, and from suffering injury problems, Upson only managed to make five appearances – sadly not enough to earn himself a winner’s medal.

On suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in 1999, he was ruled out of the game for a year, and only managed a couple of appearances for Arsenal the following year, in between loan spells for Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace in 2000 and 2001.

The 2001/02 season was Upson’s last in a red shirt of the London club, and this time he managed 14 league appearances, enough to earn himself a Premier League winner’s medal come the time in May.

Unfortunately though, on suffering a broken leg in February, he was ruled out for the rest of that season as the Gunners went on to win the double.  

After recovering from his broken leg, he joined Reading on a three-month loan deal. It was during this spell that he appeared 15 times, managing to score his first professional career goal, in our 3–1 defeat at Cambridge United in the League Cup.

His impact in Alan Pardew’s back four was more than notable, winning nine out of 14 league games, losing only twice to Norwich and Preston.

After the loan spell ended, he swapped the Arsenal shirt for the blue of Birmingham City in a £1million deal. Again injury was to be the bane of his career, suffering with more leg difficulties that would rule him out for another season.

He stayed with Birmingham to work on his fitness levels ahead of moving to West Ham in 2007 in a £6million deal.

He made 131 appearances, where he was given the honour of captaining the Hammers, but when they were relegated from the Premier League in 2011, new manager Sam Allardyce announced that Upson would be leaving the club and that his contract would not be renewed.

A deal with Stoke followed where he made a handful of appearances before moving to Brighton and then Leicester, where in February 2015 he made his long awaited debut, aged 35.