Frank Cyril Matthews was born on August 15th, 1892 in Willoughby on the Wolds. As far as he is known he received no trial at Trent Bridge before the First World War and his bowling was only noticed during the war, when he appeared in Army cricket for Northumberland Fusiliers. He had a trial at Trent Bridge in September, 1919 and accepted a post on the ground staff for 1920.

His first-class debut came on July 17th 1920 against Hampshire at Southampton. He appeared in 5 matches for the county that year, but his bowling action was very ungainly.

In 1921 and 1922 he played in some county games and in the latter year took 37 wickets at a cost of 18.02 runs each.

In 1924 he had one good match against Kent at Canterbury when he took 8 for 33 in the 1st innings and 10 for 72 in the match, but this match accounted for more than a quarter of his wickets in 1924.

He left the Trent Bridge staff at the close of 1928 and took an engagement with a league club.

He died on January 11th 1961.