Alan Mattey wore the colours of Lions with pride for a number of seasons before sadly passing away aged just 40, in 2006.
He made his debut for Maccabi London Lions (then called MALEX) on 6th September 1995 in a 0-0 draw with Kimpton Rovers in what was our first season playing on the English FA’s ‘football pyramid’, competing in the Herts County Senior League.
Alan thrived in the combative nature of non-Jewish Saturday football and was once described as having ‘the looks of Paolo Maldini, with the playing style of Vinny Jones’. His tough-tackling central midfield style was always paired with an infectious smile.
Memorably, his winning goal and Man-of-the-Match performance in the semi-final of the Peter Morrison Trophy at Armyfields was a key step on the way to the club clinching the national cup competition in 1996, when he picked up a winners’ medal.
He also represented Great Britain’s Over-35s at the World Maccabiah Games in 2001.
Both of Alan’s sons also play for Lions; Daniel played for a number of years in our youth teams before graduating to our men’s sides, and Jack still plays in Lions’ development team but recently made his 1st team debut.
The Mattey family have been incredible supporters of the club for a number of years, and are shirt sponsors for all 30+ Lions youth teams, and more recently have made a significant contribution to the new stand at Rowley Lane, which opened to the public for the first time in August 2015, almost exactly 20 years after Alan’s club debut.
This stand will always be a reminder of our missing friend, as THE ALAN MATTEY STAND graces Rowley Lane for years to come.