Goal-poacher extraordinaire Fryatt signed at the beginning of January 2011 to form a new strike partnership with fellow signing Aaron McLean, and Matty immediately delivered goals to Nigel Pearson’s Tigers side. The following season he featured in every League game and scored 16 goals for Pearson and his successor Nick Barmby. At the start of 2012/13 season Fryatt suffered a nasty achilles injury that saw him sidelined for seven months, practically the entire season. After a brief loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, Matty returned to the City fold in early 2014 to spearhead the march to the FA Cup Final, netting four goals including a vital equaliser in the semi-final against Sheffield United. He started the Final against Arsenal but his last contribution of real note was a late-season game at Old Trafford where substitute Fryatt scored a 25 yard screamer.
Born in Nuneaton, Fryatt entered the professional game at Walsall and quickly attracted the attention of loftier clubs with his goalscoring exploits. In January 2006 he moved to Leicester City where the goals continued to flow, despite the Foxes’ descent to the third tier. It was after a half season of poor form that Fryatt moved to Hull City, to be reunited with his former Leicester manager Pearson.
Following his release from City Fryatt moved to Nottingham Forest where he spent the remaining three years of his career. However further injuries denied Fryatt any kind of consistent first team place and in February 2018 he announced his retirement from the professional ranks. He scouted players for Cardiff after his playing days ended.
Fryatt was capped at under-19 level by England, scoring four goals in the 2005 European U19 Championship, but he failed to progress in further age groups.
Date/Place of Birth: 5 March 1986, Nuneaton
Hull City First Game: 3 January 2011, Portsmouth A (Championship), 24 years, 304 days old
Hull City Final Game: 17 May 2014, Arsenal N (FA Cup Final), 28 years, 73 days old
Walsall (2002-2006), Carlisle United (2003-2004, loan), Leicester City (2006-2011), Hull City (2011-2014), Sheffield Wednesday (2013, loan), Nottingham Forest (2014-2018)
Hull City Record
Career: 94 apps, 31 goalsMatty Fryatt
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|2011/12||39 (7)||16||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|2012/13||2 (2)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|2013/14||0 (10)||2||4 (2)||4||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|