Matt Hamshaw Becomes A Gladiator After Bantams Snub

After a promising trial at Bradford City fell through, former Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County,  Mansfield Town, Notts County and Macc Town play-maker Matt Hamshaw joined Matlock town yesterday (big thanks to the Gladiators forum for breaking the news HERE).  Having seen him at Macc, in L2, 18 months ago, they will be getting the sort of footballer who makes turnstiles click.

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His fantastic solo effort for the Owls in a 4-0 Worthington Cup quarter final over Watford (HERE), is just one in a series of goal of the season contenders for cultured winger and play maker who oozes quality. Hamshaw learned his trade and trickery from Chris Waddle and has traditionally been a right-winger or midfielder, but now 30, he is finding that he can thankfully do the first 5 yards in his head.   His set-piece delivery is exceptional and on his day he is worth the gate money on his own. He was an integral part of  a Macc side that were just 6 points off the play-offs prior to 7 player sales and an injury list that would overstretch Florence Nightingale in her prime.  Were it not for injury he would have made the England U20 side, having featured nationally at schoolboy levels and of course the championship with Wednesday.

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 The Gladiators are managed by Mark Atkins, former caretaker manager of Doncaster Rovers and Shrewsbury Town. The former midfielder spent a large proportion of his career at Blackburn and  Wolves before hanging up his boots at Harrogate managed and owned ex-Imp Simon Weaver and his dad Irving. The rumours over the summer suggested he was open to offers from local clubs, but Bradford’s trial  out-priced any Imps interest.  Now a family man he was relishing the chance of a rest and more time with his wife and daughter.  Matt has made a good living from the game, so a drop into the NPL Premier Division will give him the best of both worlds and prolong his career.
FULL NAME Matthew Thomas Hamshaw
DATE OF BIRTH 1 January 1982 (age 30)
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 6lb (72.56kg)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 85 (6)
2005–2006 Stockport County 43 (5)
2006–2008 Mansfield Town 94 (7)
2008–2010 Notts County 69 (3)
2010–2012 Macclesfield Town 75 (5)

Posted on September 15, 2012, in Non-League Zone, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Big drop down for a classy player. He was moved on at swfc only because of better players. I really liked his style. Will be a great assert for Matlock if you can keep him.

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