Matt Somner

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Matt Somner
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Somner playing for Walton Casuals in 2008
Personal information
Full name Matthew James Somner[1]
Date of birth (1982-12-08) 8 December 1982 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Isleworth, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kingstonian
Number 28
Youth career
Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Brentford 84 (1)
2004–2005 Cambridge United (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Cambridge United 16 (0)
2005 Bristol Rovers 1 (0)
2005–2006 Aldershot Town 31 (3)
2006–2008 Notts County 54 (1)
2008–2011 Mansfield Town 64 (2)
2010–2011 Altrincham (loan) 9 (0)
2011 Forest Green Rovers 16 (1)
2011–2012 Lewes 45 (2)
2012– Kingstonian
2015 Walton Casuals 2 (0)
2016 Walton & Hersham
National team
2003 Wales U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:40, 9 April 2013 (UTC).

Matthew James "Matt" Somner (born 8 December 1982) is a footballer who plays for Walton & Hersham. A utility player, Somner can play in numerous position across both defence and midfield.

Career[edit]

Born in Isleworth, London,[1] Somner began his career with local club Brentford, situated just 2 km from his native Isleworth. His professional debut came on 1 May 2001, in a 6–0 defeat to Swansea City. During his time at Griffin Park, he was called into the Wales-U21 squad to play Italy-U21s in 2003. The game finished disastrously for Wales as they lost 8–1.[2]

Somner spent four seasons at Brentford, where he played in 93 games, before his contract was cancelled my mutual consent on 31 January 2005.[3] He joined League Two side Cambridge United two days later, having had a loan spell at the club in December 2004.[4] He was offered a new contract at the end of the season, though turned it down and instead joined Bristol Rovers on non-contract terms.[5] He made only one appearance before signing for Conference National side Aldershot Town on 19 August 2005.[6]

His contract not renewed at Aldershot, Somner joined Notts County in 2006, playing in 62 games over two seasons.[7]

Somner was released by Notts County in 2008, and signed for Mansfield Town on 1 August 2008.[8] He joined Altrincham on loan in November 2010.[9]

On 31 January 2011, Somner signed for Forest Green Rovers after being released by Mansfield.[10] He made his debut for Forest Green on 5 February 2011 in a home win against Hayes & Yeading United.[11] Somner revealed on his Twitter page ahead of Rovers final game of the season that he would not be offered a new contract by the club. He would go on to score for Forest Green in their last game of the season against Tamworth.[12][13]

Somner signed for Lewes in July 2011.[14] He then joined Kingstonian in the summer of 2012.[15] After a lengthy spell at Kingsmeadow, which included taking the captain's armband, he dropped to the Isthmian Division One South for the 2014/15 season, joining Walton Casuals.[16] Managing just two appearances for the Stags, he left at the end of August and took a short break from football. However, he returned to the league in late February, joining rivals Walton & Hersham.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 388. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Italy crush Wales U21s". BBC Sport. 5 September 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Brentford cancel Somner contract". BBC Sport. 31 January 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Somner completes Cambridge move". BBC Sport. 2 February 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pirates recruit non-contract pair". BBC Sport. 5 August 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Somner completes Aldershot move". BBC Sport. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Magpies snap up four new players". BBC Sport. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mansfield sign former Notts trio". BBC Sport. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Altrincham sign Matt Somner on loan from Mansfield Town". BBC Sport. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Forest Green Rovers sign midfielder". Forest Green Rovers Football Club. 31 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Forest Green Rovers 1–0 Hayes & Yeading United". BBC Sport. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tamworth 2–1 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tamworth 2–1 Forest Green". Sport Glos. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Matt Somner joins the Rooks". Lewes FC. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Kingstonian skipper rues a season of under-performance in the chase for the Ryman Premier League play-offs". Surrey Comet. 9 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Matt Somner joins the Stags - Walton Casuals FC". Walton Casuals FC. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  17. ^ "Saturday's Transfer List - The Ryman Isthmian Football League". www.isthmian.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 

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