Matty Stevens

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Mathew Antony "Matty" Stevens (born 12 February 1998) is an English footballer and former amateur boxer. He plays as a forward for League Two club Forest Green Rovers.

Mathew Stevens
Personal information
Full name Mathew Antony Stevens
Date of birth (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Guildford, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Number 9
Youth career
Aldershot Town
Farnborough
2005–2014 Reading
2014 Barnet
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Barnet 11 (1)
2016–2019 Peterborough United 4 (0)
2016–2017Cambridge City (loan) 4 (1)
2017Sligo Rovers (loan) 10 (1)
2017–2018Kettering Town (loan) 44 (25)
2018Slough Town (loan) 9 (6)
2019– Forest Green Rovers 39 (6)
2021Stevenage (loan) 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:00, 24 May 2021 (UTC)

Boxing careerEdit

Stevens was born into a boxing family – grandfather Les Stevens was a professional boxer[2] who fought John Conteh in 1974.[3] Stevens, who fought out of Pinewood Starr ABC in Crowthorne and once sparred with Tim Witherspoon,[4] won four national titles during his brief career at youth level. In 2011, he won the ABAE Schools national title[5] and the GB Schoolboy 3 Nations title,[6] repeating the feat again in 2012.[7][8] Stevens was undefeated during his boxing career.

Football careerEdit

BarnetEdit

Stevens quit boxing aged 15, although while still fighting he was part of the youth teams at Aldershot Town,[9] Farnborough,[10] and Reading, where he scored 32 goals in the 2013–14 season at U-16 level.[11] Stevens joined Barnet in the summer of 2014 on a two-year scholarship. Impressive goal scoring form for the youth team early in the season saw him make his senior debut against Alfreton Town on 6 September 2014,[12] coming on as a substitute for Sam Togwell after 82 minutes,[13] becoming Barnet's youngest ever player aged 16 years and 204 days, a record previously held by Mauro Vilhete[12] (a record lost to Dwight Pascal in 2016). His first senior goal for the Bees came in the FA Trophy against Concord Rangers on 16 December 2014 – scoring a Panenka penalty – and also becoming Barnet's youngest ever goalscorer.[14] Stevens scored 57 goals in all competitions (including youth games) in the 2014–15 season – attracting interest from larger clubs, including Swansea City, who had a £250k offer for Stevens rejected in May 2015.[15] A bid was also received from Crystal Palace with both Manchester United and Manchester City sending scouts to watch him play.[16]

Stevens scored six times for the Bees in 2015–16 pre-season, and made his Football League debut when he came on as an 87th-minute substitute for Michael Gash against Leyton Orient on 8 August 2015.[17] Barnet transfer listed Stevens in January 2016 after he turned down two contract offers from the club.[18] Stevens scored his first league goal for the Bees against AFC Wimbledon on 20 January 2016.[19]

Peterborough UnitedEdit

Stevens signed for Peterborough United on 1 July 2016, signing a three-year deal.[20]

Stevens joined Cambridge City on loan in December 2016,[21] before joining Sligo Rovers on loan on 14 January 2017.[22] He scored three goals in twelve appearances for Sligo. Stevens joined Kettering Town on loan in August 2017 until the rest of the season, and finished as top scorer with 25 league goals.[23] Stevens also finished as top scorer for Posh in 2018-19 pre-season before joinining Slough Town on loan on 31 August 2018 until the New Year,[24] but was recalled in early December.[25]

He was transfer-listed by Peterborough United at the end of the 2018–19 season.[26]

Forest Green RoversEdit

Stevens joined Forest Green Rovers on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee in July 2019.[27] He scored his first goals for Forest Green when he scored twice in an EFL Trophy tie against Southampton U21 on 3 September 2019.[28] On 5 January 2021, Stevens joined Stevenage on loan until the end of the season.[29]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 1 May 2021
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
Barnet 2014–15 Conference Premier 1 0 1 0 --- 3[a] 2 5 2
2015–16 League Two 10 1 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 11 1
Barnet total 11 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 16 3
Peterborough United 2016–17[30] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 2 0
2017–18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Peterborough total 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Cambridge City (loan) 2016–17 Southern League Premier Division 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Sligo Rovers (loan) 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division 10 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 12 3
Kettering Town (loan) 2017–18 Southern League Premier Division 44 25 4 0 0 0 6[c] 5 54 30
Slough Town (loan) 2018–19 National League South 9 6 8 2 0 0 2[d] 3 19 11
Forest Green Rovers 2019–20[31] League Two 29 4 3 1 2 0 2[b] 2 36 7
2020–21[32] 10 2 1 0 1 0 4[b] 3 16 5
Forest Green Rovers Total 39 6 4 1 3 0 6 5 52 12
Stevenage (loan) 2020–21[32] League Two 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Career total 139 41 17 3 5 2 19 15 180 61
  1. ^ Two appearances and one goal in the FA Trophy, one appearance and one goal in the Herts Senior Cup
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in the EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Three appearances and four goals in Northamptonshire Senior Cup, two appearances and one goal in the Southern League Cup, one appearance in the Southern League playoffs
  4. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, two appearances and three goals in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Matty Stevens at Soccerbase
  2. ^ getreading Administrator (3 July 2012). "Stevens and Frankham set for tri-nations glory". getreading.
  3. ^ "BoxRec – Les Stevens". boxrec.com.
  4. ^ "Mathew Stevens". Twitter.
  5. ^ "Royal Navy Schools ABA Championships – Sunday 6 March – England Boxing". abae.co.uk.
  6. ^ "2011 GB Schoolboy 3 Nation Championships – England Boxing". abae.co.uk.
  7. ^ "2012 ABAE Schools Championship Finals – England Boxing". abae.co.uk.
  8. ^ "England bring home 20 Gold Medals from the GB School Boys Championship – Kids Boxing". kidsboxing.co.uk.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Mathew Stevens". Twitter.
  11. ^ "Barnet FC Youth Team Profiles". barnetfc.com. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Martin: "They keep going until the end"". barnetfc.com.
  13. ^ "BBC Sport – Barnet 2–1 Alfreton Town". BBC Sport.
  14. ^ "Young Bees knocked out of FA Trophy". Times Series.
  15. ^ "UPDATED: Barnet reject offer from Swansea City for Stevens". Times Series.
  16. ^ "Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in Barnet youngster Matt Stevens but neither club has made a bid". Times Series.
  17. ^ "BBC Sport – Leyton Orient 2–0 Barnet". BBC Sport.
  18. ^ "Allen suggests an agent could have turned Stevens' head". Times Series.
  19. ^ Barnet 1 – 2 AFC Wimbledon
  20. ^ Posh secure Stevens signing
  21. ^ Matt Stevens - Aylesbury United
  22. ^ Mathew Stevens signs
  23. ^ Loan Striker
  24. ^ Slough Town secure loan signing of Matty Stevens
  25. ^ "Posh Recall Stevens From Slough". Peterborough United. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  26. ^ "Peterborough United: Aaron Chapman among five transfer-listed as four released". BBC Sport. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  27. ^ SIGNING | FGR land heavy hitter Matty Stevens
  28. ^ "MATCH REPORT Forest Green Rovers 3 Southampton U21s 2". fgr.co.uk. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  29. ^ "Stevenage make triple swoop as Lines, Stevens and Norris join the club". Stevenage FC. 5 January 2021.
  30. ^ "Games played by Matty Stevens in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Games played by Matty Stevens in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Matty Stevens in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 March 2021.

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