Matt Crowell

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Matt Crowell
Personal information
Full name Matthew Thomas Crowell
Date of birth (1984-07-03) 3 July 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Bridgend, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Maitland FC
Youth career
000–2000 Swansea City
2000–2002 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Southampton 0 (0)
2003–2008 Wrexham 93 (4)
2008–2009 Northwich Victoria 56 (5)
2009 Altrincham 5 (1)
2009–2010 Central Coast Mariners 13 (0)
2010 Altrincham 9 (0)
2010 Farnborough 2 (0)
2011 Port Talbot Town 4 (0)
2011–2012 CD Ourense 20 (0)
2012–2013 Port Talbot Town 24 (1)
2013–2015 Central Coast Mariners Academy 44 (2)
2016– Maitland FC 4 (1)
National team
2001 Wales U17 2 (0)
2002 Wales U19 3 (0)
2003–2005 Wales U21 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:13, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Matthew Thomas Crowell (born 3 July 1984) is a Welsh footballer who is currently playing for NSW Premier League side Central Coast Mariners Academy.

Club career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Born in Bridgend, Crowell grew up in Coychurch. As a teenager he was part of the youth system at Swansea City before being persuaded to follow Swansea youth coach Malcolm Elias to Southampton at the age of 16 in 2000.[1] Swansea took the case to the Football League appeals committee seeking compensation of £1.5 million. The committee later ordered Southampton to make an immediate payment of £100,000 to Swansea, as well as a further £100,000 when Crowell had made 10, 20, 30 and 40 appearances in the future and 20% of any future transfer fee that the club received for Crowell. Swansea chairman Neil McClure later stated "£500,000 is significantly more than Southampton ever offered at any stage and that must be regarded as satisfactory"[2] However, Crowell never made a first team appearance at Southampton and was released in 2003.

Wrexham[edit]

After spending time on trial with Bristol Rovers,[3] Crowell later joined Wrexham, having impressed in a trial spell,[4] and made his professional debut for the club on 9 August 2003 as a substitute in place of Steve Thomas during a 0–0 draw with Chesterfield. In his third season at the Racecourse Ground he made six appearances in the clubs Football League Trophy victory, beating Southend United 2–0 in the final. However, he later found himself plagued with injuries in his later years at the Racecourse Ground and, after playing on a six-month contract with the Welsh side in an attempt to show his fitness,[5] he was released in January 2008 having made over 100 appearances for the club.

Non-league[edit]

In January 2008, Crowell signed for Northwich Victoria on non-contract terms.[6] In July 2009, Crowell left Northwich. He attended a trial with NSW Premier League side Sydney Olympic,[3] but later returned to Britain to sign for Altrincham on a short term contract, stating that "It was hard at Northwich last season with the club's difficulties but I am pleased to join Altrincham".

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

In September 2009, Crowell joined A-League team Central Coast Mariners on a one-year deal until the end of the 2009–10 season.[7] He made 13 appearances for the club before returning to England.

Return to Non-league[edit]

He then rejoined Altrincham before in December 2010 Farnborough announced that he had joined them, apparently on non-contract terms.[8] He left the club after only two appearances.

Port Talbot Town[edit]

In May 2011, Crowell had a two-week trial with China's Chengdu Blades before he joined Welsh Premier League club Port Talbot Town in July 2011 after a trial.[9] He played all of the club's league games prior to his next move.

CD Ourense[edit]

He signed a full-time contract with Spanish club CD Ourense in September 2011 where he made 20 appearances for the club.[10]

Return to Port Talbot Town[edit]

In July 2012 Crowell returned to Wales and his former club Port Talbot Town ahead of the 2012/13 Welsh Premier League season. Crowell's first goal in his second spell at the club came in a 5–0 win away at Aberystwyth FC where he scored a penalty.

Central Coast Mariners Academy[edit]

In March 2013 Crowell signed for the Central Coast Mariners Academy, feeder seed for Central Coast Mariners FC of the A-League who he had a previous stint in the 2009/10 season.

International career[edit]

A former captain of the Wales under-15 side,[2] Crowell later went on to represent Wales at under-17 and under-19 levels. He has also played numerous times for the Wales U21 side and has also scored a screamer with his left foot for the side, against Azerbaijan U21 in 2004.[11]

Post career[edit]

Since moving to play in NSW Premier League with the Mariners Academy, Matthew has embarked on a career in the 5-a-side football industry and is now working within the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence at the world class Soccer5s complex. Through his role Matthew has been giving back to the community through his highly regarded 'Juniors at the Mariners C.O.E.' program and he has also been working with the local football association to deliver high end development programs at the state of the art facility at the Mariners Centre of Excellence. Matthew is a highly regarded football personality on the Central Coast. Matthew has stated that he has finally achieved a career high working with Dave Bloom at Soccer5s.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 September 2010.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wrexham 2003–04 15 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 18 1
2004–05 28 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 35 0
2005–06 29 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 3
2006–07 15 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 19 1
2007–08 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Subtotal 93 4 2 0 3 0 9 1 107 5
Northwich Victoria 2007–08 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
2008–09 41 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 4
Subtotal 56 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 56 5
Altrincham 2009–10 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Central Coast Mariners 2009–10 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Altrincham 2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 169 10 2 0 3 0 9 1 183 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles out of Swans youth job". Daily Mirror. 1 August 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Swans get Crowell compensation". BBC Sport. 26 September 2000. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Departed players and staff 2009–10". Altrincham F.C. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Four in race to replace Ferguson". Liverpool Daily Post. 25 November 2003. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Crowell is ready to seize chance". BBC Sport. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Three is the magic number for Dino". Northwich Guardian. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Farnborough Football Club". Farnboroughfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  9. ^ [2] Archived 31 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "WelshPrem news from Welsh Premier League - Welsh Premier League". Welshpremier.com. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Azerbaijan U21 0–1 Wales U21". BBC Sport. 3 September 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 

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