Love him or hate him it’s time to celebrate the Wizard of Woy Woy, Sydney FC’s Matt Simon as he could make his 200th A-League appearance this week
Simon made his debut in January 2007, just shy of his 21st birthday, a 1-0 loss to rivals Newcastle Jets, that would become a fixture he would go on to dominate, he is the leading goal scorer in F3 Derby’s with seven. He has also been pretty successful appearing in three Grand Finals, two with the Central Coast (07-08 & 10-11) and one with Sydney FC (16-17) which is the first championship he has won.
His first goal didn’t come until the 2008-09 season, a header against the Jets, he went on to score 11 goals in the 2008-09 season and won the club’s Player of the Season award.
He scored 36 goals in four seasons, which earned him a move to K-League side Chunnam Dragons. However he only played six matches and returned to the Mariners for the 2013-14 season.
Simon left the club at the end of the 2014-15 season having made 151 appearances for the club. He signed with Sydney FC and scored a double in his first appearance back at Central Coast Stadium.
While his role is usually reserved for a brief cameo off the bench and usually features him getting under the skin of his opponents and conceding fouls, and yellow cards. Graham Arnold remains a fan, and he joins 21 other players in the 200 club. To commemorate this achievement we’ve dug up some stats about the Wizard of Woy Woy.
- Matt Simon has received the second most bookings without receiving a red card (37 yellow cards)
- Simon has started his past 28 matches on the bench, he hasn’t started a match since April 2016
- If Simon comes on off the bench this week he will set a new A-League record for most appearances as a substitute with 82. He is currently tied on 81 with former Newcastle and Western Sydney forward Labinot Haliti
- He has not scored in 34 A-League matches, his last goal came against Adelaide United in February 2016
- With that said he is Central Coast’s all-time leading goal scorer with 41 goals
Simon doesn’t turn 32 until January so he still has plenty left in the tank so don’t be surprised if we return in 50 rounds to celebrate his 250th appearance.