|Full name||Matthew John Spring|
|Date of birth||17 November 1979|
|Place of birth||Harlow, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2008–2009||→ Sheffield United (loan)||11||(1)|
|2014–2015||St Neots Town||36||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:08, 25 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Matthew John "Matt" Spring (born 17 November 1979, in Harlow, Essex) is an English central midfielder who most recently played for Southern Premier Division side St Neots Town. Prior to joining St Neots, Spring had been at Wycombe Wanderers.
Spring started his career at Luton, making his debut as a half-time substitute in a 3–0 loss to Bristol City on 27 September 1997. He went onto make 12 further appearances that season, and in the 1998–99 season established himself as a first-team regular. In total he made 289 appearances for the Hatters, scoring 30 goals.
Despite missing the last three months of the 2003–04 season through injury, Spring was signed by newly appointed Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell on a Bosman transfer, as he re-modelled his newly relegated side. Spring's first season in the Championship was an unhappy one, with a combination of injuries and personal problems restricting him to just 15 appearances and one goal against Ipswich Town.
As the 2005–06 season commenced Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd, who had worked with Spring when he was first team coach at Leeds, brought the midfielder to Vicarage Road to be part of his reshaped side. Spring scored on his debut, coming off the bench to put in a late third in a 3–1 victory over Burnley on 20 August 2005. As Boothroyd's side flew high in the Division, Spring, a regular in the side, scored 7 further goals from central midfield by January. However, he did not score again until Watford reached the play-offs in May, when he scored the third goal in the 3–0 victory against Crystal Palace in the first leg of the semi-final.
On 18 January 2007 Luton signed Spring back from Watford for a fee of £200,000 (rising to £300,000).
On 31 July 2008, Spring joined Sheffield United on a year-long loan deal, signalling the end of a disappointing second stint at Luton Town. He made his debut for the Blades in the first round of the League Cup, a home tie against Port Vale in August of that year. Injuries initially hampered his time at Bramall Lane but by October he began to feature regularly for the first team. He netted his first goal for the Blades at the end of November against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Spring's loan deal with The Blades was cut short and he was released at the start of January to seek a permanent move elsewhere following his lack of first team opportunities.
On 9 January 2009 he joined Charlton on an 18-month contract. He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on 17 January 2009, and then just ten days later he scored the winner against rivals Crystal Palace in his third game for his new employers. Charlton decided against renewing Spring's contract for the 2010/11 season.
On 2 July 2012, it was announced that Spring had signed a two-year contract with Wycombe Wanderers. He arrived as one of five new signings after a transfer embargo was lifted from the club. He was among a number of players released at the end of the 2013–2014 season having fallen out of favour with Gareth Ainsworth.
St Neots Town
After a re-shuffle of the coaching staff early in the 2014/15 season, Spring was appointed player/joint assistant manager.
Despite playing an important role in the St Neots Town side that made the Southern Premier Division play-off final, Spring was one of several players released by the club in 2015.
Spring is one of the few players to have played for both Luton and their arch-rivals Watford. On 10 September 2002 he scored a 30-yard goal in a 2–1 victory over Watford in the League Cup, the first meeting of the two sides for over three years.
Matthew grew up a fan of Everton FC. He attended The Broxbourne School in Hertfordshire, two years below Stephen Clemence, son of goalkeeping legend Ray Clemence, who also pursued a career in professional football, playing in midfield for Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City.
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Football League Trophy||Football League Play-Offs||Total|
|1997–98||Luton Town||Division 2||12||0||1||0||-||-||-||13||0|
|Luton Town Total||250||26||19||3||16||1||4||0||0||0||289||30|
|Leeds United Total||13||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||15||1|
|Luton Town Total||58||10||5||0||4||2||1||1||0||0||68||13|
|2008–09||Sheffield United (Loan)||Championship||11||1||-||2||0||-||-||13||1|
|Sheffield Utd Total||11||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||68||13|
|Charlton Athletic Total||25||2||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||28||2|
|2010–11||Leyton Orient||League One||39||2||7||0||2||0||2||0||-||50||2|
|Leyton Orient Total||80||6||9||1||4||0||2||0||0||0||95||7|
|2012–13||Wycombe Wanderers||League Two||25||0||1||1||1||0||2||0||-||29||1|
|2013–14||Wycombe Wanderers||League Two||5||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||-||8||0|
|Wycombe Wanderers Total||30||0||2||1||2||0||3||0||0||0||37||1|
- As of 7 August 2014.
- Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.
- "Leeds 1–1 Ipswich". BBC. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- "Gaffer looking for Spring goals". Sheffield United F.C. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- "Sheff Utd 3–1 Port Vale". bbc.co.uk. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- "Spring's goal consolation". Sheffield United F.C. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
- "Spring loan finished". Sheffield United F.C. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
- "Spring time at The Valley". cafc.co.uk. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Sheff Wed 4–1 Charlton". BBC. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- "Charlton 1–0 Crystal Palace". BBC. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- "O's snap up midfielder Spring". Leytonorient.com. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "Spring joins Chairboys". East London and West Essex Guardian. Newsquest. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- "Waddock snaps up Fab Five". wycombewanderers.co.uk. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- "Matthew Spring Career Stats". Soccerbase. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.