Matt Paterson is a Scottish striker who was born in Dunfermline on 18th October 1989. Paterson began his career with Bournemouth, but moved to Southampton at a young age. The forward made his Saints debut on 30th September 2008. Paterson showed some early promise, but was sent off for a reckless challenge against Manchester United in the FA Cup on 4th January 2009. On 3rd March, the Scot scored his first ever goal for the club, in a 3-0 win at Ipswich.
Paterson made a good start to 2009/10, scoring in the opening day draw against Millwall. He struggled for form after that match however, and was soon replaced by new signings Rickie Lambert and David Connolly. On 22nd January Paterson moved to Southend, signing a two and a half year contract, in a deal which saw Lee Barnard move in the opposite direction. He made his debut on 23rd January against Wycombe, and scored his first goal for The Shrimpers on 20th February against MK Dons. The Scottish front man only bagged one other goal that season however, and struggled to replicate the form of the man he had replaced, Barnard. The final day of the season saw Southend visit Paterson's old side Southampton. Unfortunately the day didn't go to plan, as the striker missed a golden opportunity to show his old employers what they were missing.
Paterson scored twice in Southend's Carling Cup victory over Bristol City at the beginning of the 2010/11 season. His only other goals for Southend that season came against Barnet in the Football League Trophy. On February 9th he was loaned to Stockport, who were struggling at the foot of the League 2 table. Paterson scored three goals for Stockport, but it wasn't enough to keep them up. He returned to Southend in early May after picking up an injury for The Hatters.
On 9th August 2011 Paterson joined Hamilton Academical on loan for six months.