Matthew Spring

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Matthew Spring
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Personal information
Full name Matthew John Spring[1]
Date of birth (1979-11-17) 17 November 1979 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Harlow, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hemel Hempstead Town
Youth career
000?–1997 Luton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Luton Town 250 (26)
2004–2005 Leeds United 13 (1)
2005–2007 Watford 45 (8)
2007–2009 Luton Town 58 (10)
2008–2009 Sheffield United (loan) 11 (1)
2009–2010 Charlton Athletic 25 (2)
2010–2012 Leyton Orient 80 (6)
2012–2014 Wycombe Wanderers 30 (0)
2014–2015 St Neots Town 37 (0)
2015– Hemel Hempstead Town 31 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:55, 27 April 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Matthew John "Matt" Spring (born 17 November 1979, in Harlow, Essex) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League South club Hemel Hempstead Town. He has previously played for Luton Town, Leeds United, Watford, Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic, Leyton Orient, Wycombe Wanderers and St Neots Town.

Career[edit]

Luton Town[edit]

Spring started his career at Luton Town, making his debut as a half-time substitute in a 3–0 defeat to Bristol City on 27 September 1997.[2] He went on to make 12 further appearances in the 1997–98 season.[2] Spring established himself as a first-team regular in the 1998–99 season, making 54 appearances, scoring three goals.[3] In the 2000–01 season, he made 51 appearances, scoring four goals,[4] as Luton were relegated to the Third Division for the first time in 33 years.[5] Luton bounced straight back in the 2001–02 season, finishing runners-up and were promoted back to the Second Division, with Spring making 43 appearances, scoring six goals.[6] Spring was beset by injuries during the latter half of the 2003–04 season, causing him to miss the last three months of the season, restricting him to 30 appearances, scoring one goal.[7] Spring's contract was due to expire at the end of the season and he looked set to leave Luton, with Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Leeds United both interested in securing his services.[8] In total he made 289 appearances for Luton, scoring 30 goals.[9]

Leeds United[edit]

After leaving Luton, Spring was on the verge of joining Nottingham Forest and linking back up with former Luton manager Joe Kinnear until Leeds made a late bid to sign him.[10] He was signed by newly appointed Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell on a Bosman transfer, as he re-modelled his newly relegated side.[10] Spring described the turn of events as "a bit of a shock because I was lined up to go to Forest and I was pleased with that. Then a couple of days later Leeds came in with an offer. I had a decision to make but as soon as I saw Elland Road and thought about the atmosphere of 35,000 fans at every home game my mind was made up."[10] 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.[11]

Watford[edit]

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 for a transfer fee of £150,000.[12] 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.[13] As Boothroyd's side flew high in the Championship, Spring, a regular in the side, scored seven further goals from central midfield by the end of January.[14] 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 over Crystal Palace in the first leg of the semi-final.[15] Spring played in the 3–0 Championship play-off final win over Leeds United at the Millennium Stadium, with Watford earning promotion to the Premiership.[16]

During Watford's Premiership campaign, Spring's first team opportunities were limited after falling down the pecking order behind new signing Damien Francis and Al Bangura at Vicarage Road. As a result, he made only nine appearances for the club during the first half of the 2006–07 season.[17]

Luton Town[edit]

On 18 January 2007, after struggling to establish himself in the first team at Watford, Spring rejoined Luton on a two-and-a-half year contract for a transfer fee of £200,000 (rising to £300,000).[18] His first game since returning to the club came on 30 January in the 1–0 away defeat to Coventry City.[19] At the end of the season, Luton were relegated to League One after two seasons in the Championship,[20] with Spring making 14 appearances, scoring one goal.[17] During the 2007–08 season, Spring made 54 appearances, scoring 12 goals,[21] as Luton were relegated again to League Two.[22]

On 31 July 2008, Spring joined Championship club Sheffield United on a season-long loan deal, with a view to a permanent move.[23] He made his debut for the club on 13 August in the first round of the League Cup, a 3–1 victory at home over Port Vale.[24] Injuries initially hampered his time at Bramall Lane, but by October, he began to feature regularly for the first team, scoring his first goal for the club on 25 November, a 3–1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.[25]

On 9 January 2009, Spring was released from his loan deal with Sheffield United to allow him to seek a permanent move elsewhere, as agreed before the loan commenced.[26]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 9 January 2009, Spring joined Championship Charlton Athletic from Luton on an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee.[27] He scored his first goal for the club on 17 January, a 4–1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.[28] He scored his second goal just ten days later in a 1–0 win over rivals Crystal Palace in only his third game for his new employers.[29] Spring finished the 2008–09 season making 13 appearances, scoring two goals,[30] as Charlton were relegated to League One.[31]

Spring failed to score in 15 appearances for Charlton during the 2009–10 season.[32] Charlton chose not to offer Spring a new contract and so he left the club at the end of the season.[33]

Leyton Orient[edit]

On 30 June 2010, Spring signed a two-year contract with League One club Leyton Orient.[34] He made his debut for the club on 7 August, a 2–1 defeat away to Yeovil Town.[35] Spring scored his first goal for Leyton Orient in a 3–2 defeat away to Notts County.[36] He finished the 2010–11 season making 50 appearances, scoring two goals.[37]

During the 2011–12 season, Spring scored his first goal on 12 November 2011, a 3–0 win over Bromley in the FA Cup.[38] He scored his first league goal of the season on 31 December, a 1–0 win over his former employers and League One leaders Charlton.[39] He finished the season making 45 appearances, scoring five goals.[40] Spring was not offered a new contract by Leyton Orient and left the club at the end of the season.[41]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

On 2 July 2012, it was announced that Spring had signed a two-year contract with Wycombe Wanderers.[42] He arrived as one of five new signings after a transfer embargo was lifted from the club.[42] Spring made his debut for the club on 11 August, a 1–0 away defeat to former club Watford.[43] His first and only goal for Wycombe during the 2012–13 season came on 3 November, a 4–1 away defeat to Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup.[44] Spring ended the season making 29 appearances for Wycombe.[43]

Spring made only eight appearances for Wycombe during the 2013–14 season, failing to score in any of them.[45] He was among a number of players released at the end of the season having fallen out of favour with Gareth Ainsworth.[46]

St Neots Town[edit]

Following his release by Wycombe Wanderers, Spring signed for ambitious Southern Football League Premier Division club St Neots Town on 7 August 2014.[47]

After a re-shuffle of the coaching staff early in the 2014–15 season, Spring was appointed player/joint assistant manager.[48]

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.[49]

Hemel Hempstead Town[edit]

After his release from St Neots Town, Spring moved up a division to sign with National League South club Hemel Hempstead Town in June 2015.[50]

Rivalry[edit]

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.[51]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 April 2016.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Luton Town 1997–98[2] Second Division 12 0 1 0 13 0
1998–99[3] Second Division 45 3 2 0 7 0 54 3
1999–2000[52] Second Division 45 6 5 2 1 0 1[a] 0 52 8
2000–01[4] Second Division 41 4 5 0 4 0 1[a] 0 51 4
2001–02[6] Third Division 42 6 1 0 43 6
2002–03[53] Second Division 41 6 2 1 2 1 1[a] 0 46 8
2003–04[7] Second Division 24 1 3 0 2 0 1[a] 0 30 1
Total 250 26 19 3 16 1 4 0 289 30
Leeds United 2004–05[11] Championship 13 1 0 0 2 0 15 1
Watford 2005–06[14] Championship 39 8 2 0 3[b] 1 44 9
2006–07[17] Premier League 6 0 3 0 9 0
Total 45 8 0 0 5 0 3 1 53 9
Luton Town 2006–07[17] Championship 14 1 14 1
2007–08[21] League One 44 9 5 0 4 2 1[a] 1 54 12
Total 58 10 5 0 4 2 1 1 68 13
Sheffield United (loan) 2008–09[30] Championship 11 1 2 0 13 1
Charlton Athletic 2008–09[30] Championship 13 2 13 2
2009–10[32] League One 12 0 1 0 2[a] 0 15 0
Total 25 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 28 2
Leyton Orient 2010–11[37] League One 39 2 7 0 2 0 2[a] 0 50 2
2011–12[40] League One 41 4 2 1 2 0 0 0 45 5
Total 80 6 9 1 4 0 2 0 95 7
Wycombe Wanderers 2012–13[43] League Two 25 0 1 1 1 0 2[a] 0 29 1
2013–14[45] League Two 5 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 8 0
Total 30 0 2 1 2 0 3 0 37 1
St Neots Town 2014–15[54] SL Premier Division 37 0 2 0 8[c] 1 47 1
Hemel Hempstead Town 2015–16[55] National League South 31 5 31 5
Career total 580 59 37 5 36 3 23 3 676 70
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances in Southern League Premier Division play-offs, four appearances and one goal in FA Trophy, one appearance in Hunts Senior Cup, one appearance in Southern League Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Luton Town

Watford

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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