Dominic Matteo has played alongside some of English football’s biggest names he has also played at some of Europe’s finest stadia. Here, Matteo charts the ups and downs of a career that began when he was spotted as a 10-year-old playing for his local boys’ team by then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. He went on to spend 15 years at Anfield, six of which were in the first-team where his team-mates included Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, David James and Michael Owen.
Matteo then moved to Leeds United, a club who then seemed to be on the cusp of great things as David O’Leary’s swashbuckling young side cut a swathe through the cream of Europe. Eighteen months after Matteo had been signed, Leeds had risen to the top of the Premier League only for the dream to quickly turn sour. Matteo was at Elland Road throughout the rise and fall that culminated in relegation, so has a unique insight into one of the most spectacular collapses in English football. He was the club captain as Leeds slid out of the Premier League and has strong views on just where it all went so badly wrong. Matteo went on to join Blackburn Rovers and then Stoke City before a serious back injury, which still troubles him today, brought a premature end to his career.
Liverpool Echo, 17th November 2012
Matteo… talks candidly about his off-field antics
His well written autobiography is a cut above the normal fare… It seems to have a refreshingly honest edge to it.
Independent on Sunday, 7th November 2011
Dominic Matteo: Gambling away millions
Scottish Mail on Sunday, 23rd October 2011
[the book] chronicles a colourful life as a high-class professional footballer playing hard on and off the pitch.