“The only pair of hands you want to be safer than your goalkeeper’s is your doctor’s. I’m helping Football Saving Lives because I believe in helping those doctors talk to patients.”

“HIV is a dangerous and still-spreading disease.”

When we told Matt that one in four of those with HIV don’t know they’re infected, he realised there were thousands of people who didn’t know they needed to see a doctor, and might be infecting others in the meantime. He agreed to help get this message out, so that patients can get the treatment they need from the doctors they need.

Matt is a goalkeeping legend at Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he spent his entire playing career.

Matt retired from injury in 2010, but he’s already making a name for himself as a football pundit with an eye for how the game works on the ground. Born and raised in the West Midlands, he’s joined Football Saving Lives, based at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital, acting as an ambassador for the HIV awareness campaign. Matt made 87 appearances for Wolves, first appearing in their first team in 2002, and though troubled by injuries he was onboard for promotion to the Premiership not once but twice. He’s now part of Saving Lives’ premier All-Star 11 – and we’re very proud to have him.

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