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.
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.
||Matthew Thomas Hamshaw
|DATE OF BIRTH
||1 January 1982 (age 30)
|PLACE OF BIRTH
||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
||11 st 6lb (72.56kg)
|POSITION: CENTRAL / LEFT MIDFIELD