MATT GREEN NLP NON-LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
15 May 2013
Non-League Paper awards
Matt Green is the Non-League Paper Non-League Player of the Year. The award was accepted by Matt's brother Jake on Matt's behalf.
NLP Awards: Player of the Year - Matt Green from Mansfield Town #BSBP Champions #deserved
The next award of the afternoon is the @Our_Game Player of the Year...and the winner is..... @mansfieldtownfc striker Matt Green
Player of the year Green praises strike partner
This is Nottingham, May 18th, 2013
MATT Green admits the plaudits should go to strike partner Matt Rhead after the Mansfield Town frontman picked up the Our Game Player of the Year award at the 2013 National Game Awards.
The 26-year-old followed up the 30 goals he scored in 2011-12 with another 27 as the Stags won the Blue Square Bet Premier title - and promotion back to the Football League - by two points from Kidderminster Harriers.
And Green’s personal trophy cabinet also continues to overflow as he was awarded the Our Game Player of the Year award as voted for by the readers of the Non-League newspaper at Fulham’s Craven Cottage - which was brought in conjunction with Budweiser Club Futures.
But despite hogging the limelight with his goalscoring escapades, Green insists he and the Stags wouldn’t have much to shout about if it wasn’t for team-mate Rhead.
“It’s an honour to win such a prestigious award voted for by readers of The Non-League Paper,” said Green, who also bagged a goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup in a memorable campaign.
“I had a slow start to the season and was out of the side for a few weeks.
“I’ve got to thank one of my fellow forwards, Matt Rhead, because if he didn’t pass to me to tap one in and end my goal drought against Luton last November, I might not have got back in the team, let alone scored so many goals.
“It’s been a pleasure playing in such a quality team and the easy part has been finishing off the chances the other lads have created for me.”
Green was not on hand to collect his award in the capital, as the striker was on holiday in Thailand with singer girlfriend Geri Sumner, niece of pop legend Sting.
But having gone on trial with Championship side Birmingham City before jetting off, Green admits he has a tough decision to make when he returns.
“I feel I’ve grown up as a player and a person in the last few months,” he said. “Now I’m going to take some time out on holiday to think seriously about what lies ahead and leave my agent to see what offers are on the table.
“I’ve loved playing for Mansfield and the offer there to stay is wonderful. But if the chance arises to move up and prove myself, I’ve got to take it.”
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Stags Star Matt Ready For His Big Time Break
MAY 21, 2013
by STUART HAMMONDS
OUR GAME PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MATT GREEN - MANSFIELD TOWN
MATT GREEN has been causing waves in Non-League all season - so you can forgive him for choosing the gentle ripples of Krabi’s clear blue ocean over attending an awards lunch beside the choppy River Thames.
Especially when you consider that he has girlfriend Jeri Sumner, the niece of pop legend Sting, at his side on that Thai beach!
Jeri, 24, is a singer herself. And 26-year-old striker Green’s 57 goals in two prolific seasons have been music to Stags fans, celebrating a Football League return after a five-year absence.
Green followed up his 30 goals in 2011-12 with another 27 as Town won the Blue Square Bet Premier title by two points from Kidderminster.
Green also scored in the Stags titanic FA Cup third round clash with Premier League giants Liverpool, who won 2-1 thanks to Luis Suarez’s ‘handball’ goal.
The title win made it three promotions to League Two for Green, who also won Conference play-offs with Torquay and Oxford United.
Each time the former Cardiff youngster has returned to Non-League on long-term loan, but he is now ready for a proper crack at.
The Bath-born forward was on trial at Championship club Birmingham City before his holiday, and he said: “It’s an honour to win such a prestigious award voted for by the readers of The NLP.
“I had a slow start to the season and was out of the side for a few weeks. I’ve got to thank Matt Rhead. If he didn’t pass to me to tap one in and end my goal drought last November, I might not have got back in the team, let alone scored so many goals.
“It’s been a pleasure playing in such a quality team. The easy part has been finishing the chances the other lads have created for me.”
From left to right: Award sponsor Francis Duku, Matt Green’s brother Jake and personal trainer Loui Fazakerley.
On his future, Green added: “I feel I’ve grown up as a player and a person in the last few months.
“I’m going to take time to think about what lies ahead, and leave my agent to see what offers are on the table.
“I’ve loved playing for Mansfield and the offer to stay is wonderful. But if the chance arises to move up and prove myself, I have to take it.”
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