Matty Burrows

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Matty Burrows
Personal information
Full name Matthew Burrows
Date of birth (1985-10-15) 15 October 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Dundela
2008 Loughgall (loan)
2008–2012 Glentoran 49 (16)
2012 Glenavon 9 (3)
2013 Ards 14 (1)
2014–2015 Harland & Wolff Welders 9 (1)
2015– Dundela 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Matthew "Matty" Burrows is a professional football player from Northern Ireland who plays for Dundela in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League.

Burrows is probably best known for scoring a jumping backheel volley goal against Portadown to seal victory for Glentoran in injury-time of a match on 5 October 2010.[1] The "astonishing goal" came from the back of Burrows' heel from 16 yards out in mid-air.[2][3] The goal received international acclaim,[4] with millions viewing the goal on YouTube, and football programmes around the world broadcasting the goal to audiences unfamiliar with the Irish league.[5] The goal drew comparisons with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with The Sun claiming that the two would be "proud to score a goal like that".[6]

The goal was shortlisted for the 2010 FIFA Puskás Award, which honours the player judged to have scored the "most beautiful" goal of the year.[7] However, Burrows lost out at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony on 10 January 2011 to Bayern Munich and Turkey midfielder Hamit Altıntop, for his volleyed goal in Turkey's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game against Kazakhstan on 3 September 2010.

In January 2012, he asked to go out on loan. After no club would meet his entire salary costs, he asked to be released from Glentoran. This request was granted and he agreed terms and signed for Glenavon until the end of the season.[8]


  1. ^ "Glentoran 1–0 Portadown BURROWS GOAL". YouTube. GlentoranTV. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Glentoran 1–0 Portadown". BBC Sport. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Burrows wonder strike sinks Ports". BBC Sport. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Bell, Jack (7 October 2010). "Goal of the Year?". New York Times Blog. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Holt, Chris (8 October 2010). "Video: Matty Burrows' Glentoran goal gets 1m views on YouTube". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Matt finish beats Messi magic". The Sun. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Matty Burrows' goal on shortlist for FIFA award". BBC. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Transfer deadline day news". Glentoran FC. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2012. [permanent dead link]

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