Born in Pontypridd and educated at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, Matthew represented Ponty Schools and Cilfynydd U16s - scoring 40 tries in 20 appearances - before joining up with his hometown club at Youth level.
Gaining a reputation as a clinical finisher of try scoring opportunities, Matthew proved to be a vital member of the Ponty Youth team who went unbeaten throughout the 1996/97 season, scoring 38 tries in 17 appearances, crowning their campaign by winning the Welsh Cup and being hailed as Rugby World magazine's "Team of the Year.".
After studying sports science at UWIC for three years- becoming the top try scorer for two successive seasons, Matthew joined up with Treorchy in the Welsh first division in 2001 claiming 14 tries in the process, and then moved on to Ebbw Vale, but playing most of his rugby on dual registration with Llanharan, where he once again put his name on the all-time scoring record table, with 13 tries in a half-season.
Representative honours had come Matthew's way with the Wales U16s, Wales Youth, Welsh Crawshays and Welsh Academicals select teams, and with his name still appearing regularly as a poacher of tries on the score sheets.
In the summer of 2003 Matthew took up the opportunity to rejoin Pontypridd in the newly formed semi professional premier division scoring 5 tries in his nine appearances, including a memorable 3 tries against Bridgend. Matthew left Ponty during the festive season of 2003, but during the summer of 2004 put in a great performance in the Paul Knight XV v Jason Leonard XV invitational game at Sardis Road, scoring 2 marvellous tries.
Matthew was called up as a trialist with Pontypridd prior to the commencement of the 2004/05 campaign, but for personal reasons, decided not to continue with his playing career and retired from Rugby.
Matthew is now a sport and adventure activity youth projects coordinator.