Goalkeeper Matt Glennon joined the Tigers in June 2001 for a £50,000 fee, after completing an impressive loan spell at Carlisle the previous season. Signed to compete with Paul Musselwhite for the keeper’s jersey, Glennon was Brian Little’s first choice until Christmas 2001, when errors crept into his game and affeted his confidence – tales about his drinking explouts may have also affected the decision to bring Musselwhite back to the first eleven. Glennon was restored to first choice when Jan Molby took over in April 2002, but by September the Dane had also wearied of the young goalkeeper and negotiated Glennon’s exit back to Carlisle, a deal completed by Peter Taylor when he took over the managerial reins. Glennon was undoubtedly in possession of goalkeeping talent, and had extreme confidence in himself, but didn’t seem to quite have the requisite attitude to fully deliver on those positive characteristics – a shame.
Matthew William Glennon was born in Stockport and came into the professional game via Bolton Wanderers’ academy. He never made the first team for the Trotters, making his senior debut on loan at Bristol Rovers in September 2000 and following that up with an impressive loan spell at Carlisle United, showing form that attracted the upwardly mobile Tigers.
Glennon joined Carlisle United in October 2002 and was the Cumbrians’ first choice keeper for three seasons – the second of which ended in relegation out of the Football League, the third of which ended in winning the Conference National league and returning to the senior leagues. Glennon headed to Scotland in the 2005 close season but half-season spells at Falkirk and St Johnstone were not a success – although he did attain the distinction of being a goalscoring goalkeeper when he went up for a corner late on in a March 2006 2-2 draw against Ross County. He returned to England in 2006, signing for Huddersfield Town. Glennon settled at the Terriers for three seasons, chosen as first choice keeper for two and half of them. Leaving Huddesrfield in 2010, Glennon had a short spell at Bradford City before playing for his home town club Stockport County for a season and a half – playing for a second time in a team relegated out of the Football League in 2011. In 2012 he left Stockport and drifted into the non-league scene, spending one season at Chester and winning a Conference North league winners’ medal, then four years at Halifax where he made 150 league appearances and again attained promotion out of the Conference North in 2013. Glennon stopped playing in 2016, save for single games helping out Scarborough Athletic and local side Emley. He then retrained as a barber and, along with his wife, owned barbering and hairdressing businesses in the Emley and Huddersfield area.
In 2005, while Carlisle were in the Conference, Glennon played twice for the England C non-league representative side.
Date/Place of Birth: 8 October 1978, Stockport
Hull City First Game: 11 August 2001, Exeter City A (League Division 3), 22 years, 307 days old
Hull City Final Game: 17 September 2002, Macclesfield Town H (League Division 3), 23 years, 344 days old
Bolton Wanderers (1996-2001), Port Vale (1999, loan), Stockport County (2000, loan), Bristol Rovers (2000, loan), Carlisle United (2000-2001, loan), Hull City (2001-2002), Carlisle United (2002-2005), Falkirk (2005), St Johnstone (2005-2006), Huddersfield Town (2006-2010), Bradford City (2010), Stockport County (2010-2012), Chester (2012), Halifax Town (2012-2016), Buxton (2016, loan), Scarborough Athletic (2016), AFC Emley (2017)
Hull City Record
Career: 42 apps, 0 goalsMatt Glennon
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