Luke Matheson

Joined Academy: Under-9s

First-Team Debut: 4th September 2018 vs Bury (H)

Matheson became Rochdale AFC’s youngster ever player when he came on as an early substitute in a Checkatrade Trophy tie at home to Bury.

The young full-back made history for Dale, scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round. Rochdale drew the game 1-1, eventually losing out on penalties to the Premier League giants.

He was aged just 15 years and 336 days at the time, and went on to win the Man of the Match award for his display.

In January 2019, Matheson made his EFL debut, coming on as a half-time substitute in Dale’s match against Fleetwood Town.

The full-back was a key member of Dale’s EFL North West Youth Alliance League winning side in 2017/18.