Matthew Thomas Davies (born 7 February 1995) is an Australian-born Malaysian professional football player who plays as a right back for Pahang in the Malaysia Super League. He started his professional career with Perth Glory at 18 years old. After playing for two seasons at Perth Glory Davies went on to Pahang in 2015 in the Malaysia Super League, after his first season Davies was given Captaincy for Pahang at just 21 years old, making him the youngest captain ever for Pahang and the first half Malaysian to become captain in the Malaysia Super League. Davies has also made several appearances for the Malaysian national team, he was given his first international debut with caretaker coach Ong Kim Swee against Saudi Arabia during the World Cup qualifiers in September 2015 at 20 years old. Davies also featured for Malaysia at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore back in June 2015.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Davies grew up as an Australian and played football from a young age. His mother is from Sabah, Malaysia and his father is from Adelaide, Australia. His parents encouraged him to play all sports.
Davies moved to Malaysia when he was 20 years old due to his impatient nature in search of International football. "I left Australia because I’m impatient in nature … I wanted playing time and I knew I wasn’t going to get much by staying in Australia," he said. "The opportunity to play international football for the country my mother was born in was too good to refuse. There are not many A-League regulars in the Socceroos."
Davies started his career with A.I.S in 2010. He captained the squad and was awarded player of the year and voted players player during his 2011/2012 NYL season with the AIS. Previously to this he was a product of the National Training Centre (NTC) programs in Western Australia.
Davies signed for Perth Glory FC and played in the National Youth League for Perth Glory FC Youth. In 2013-2014 season, Matthew was promoted to Perth Glory FC squad after signing a 2-year contract with the club. He went on to make his senior debut against Melbourne City FC on 27 October 2013. He spent 2 years with Perth Glory FC accumulating 16 senior appearances.
In April 2015, Davies signed with Malaysia Super League team, Pahang FC during the April transfer window. He was signed as a local player based on his Malaysian heritage
In February 2016, Davies became Captain of the Malaysia Super League team, Pahang FC shortly after the season had started. He is the youngest player ever to be given captaincy for Pahang FC at just 21 years old and the first half-Malaysian to be given the honour in the Malaysia Super League, as he is half Australian and Malaysian.
Davies was selected for the U19 Young Socceroos squad to represent Australia at the COTIF Tournament in L'Alcúdia, Spain from the 12th to the 21st of August in 2013.
An Australian by birth, he chose to represent Malaysia at national level. He was eligible by virtue of his mother who was born in Malaysian state of Sabah. He made his international debut for Malaysia's under-23 team at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games playing 4 out of 5 Group games. Malaysia Finished third in their group and were unsuccessful in qualifying for the semifinal.
Davies has been called up for national team duty on multiple occasions. He debuted for the Malaysia national team on 8 September in a World Cup Qualifying game against Saudi Arabia in a 2-1 loss. He's since made numerous appearances for the Malaysian national team including representing Malaysia at the 2016 AFF Championship. FAM Football Awards
Best Young Players:2015/16
Malaysia U-23Southeast Asian Games
Silver Medal: 2017