Matthew Dimbylow

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BLP sources Matthew Dimbylow (born 12 December 1970) is an English footballer who plays in defence for the England Cerebral Palsy National Team and the Great Britain Paralympic Football team.[1] On his debut for England he was made captain.


Dimbylow played semi-professional football in the 1990s for English Universities, Kidderminster Harriers and Bromsgrove football teams before developing Parkinson's disease at the age of 36 after brain trauma from a clash of heads during a football match.[2][3]

He was honoured to represent the Great Britain at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics, as part of the seven-a-side team for athletes with cerebral palsy, or acquired brain trauma.[2] The British team finished in seventh position in the event.[4] He was also part of the British team that won medals at successive Paralympic World Cups – bronze in 2010 and silver in 2012.[3]

Charity work

Dimbylow was asked to be an Ambassador for the charity Caudwell Children on his return from the Beijing Paralympics in September 2008, with his special focus on the charities Enable Sport Programme.[5] As part of this, he will be looking to identify possible Paralympians of the future, and to provide them with the equipment to enable them to become future Paralympians. He has been joined as an ambassador by Lee Pearson, the nine-times Paralympic gold medallist and the actress Elizabeth Hurley.[6]

He will shortly be launching a campaign to help the Paralympians raise vital funding for 2012 - Be Kind To.[7] He hope that the nation will get behind the project and support him and the other athletes as they strive to compete at Sochi 2012.

Dimbylow charity Dream It Believe It Achieve was investigated by the Charity Commission in 2017 off the back of a Mirror article published February 2014.[8][9]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Abernethy, Laura (15 January 2018). "Man diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at 36 after whiplash caused by heading football led to brain trauma". The Mirror. Retrieved 16 April 2019. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Matt Dimbylow". National Football Museum. Retrieved 16 April 2019. 
  4. "Matthew Oudagouda Dimbylow - Football". English Federation Of Disability Sport. Archived on 7 October 2011. Template:Citation error. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  7. "Template:Citation error". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009. 
  8. Doohan, Steve (20 February 2014). "Paralympian's charity which charges £10 for scratchcards spends almost 74% of its income on fundraising". The Mirror. Retrieved 16 April 2019. 
  9. Weakley, Kirsty (20 October 2017). "Commission inquiry into Paralympian’s charity that spent 6 per cent on cause". Civil Society. Retrieved 16 April 2019. 

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