We have pulled off a massive coup with the news that we have today re-signed former striker Matt Huxley from Cadbury Heath. It will be a case of déjà vu for the striker, who spent ten seasons on Southampton’s books in the Dell days of Dave Jones, Glenn Hoddle and Stuart Gray before a serious injury ended his prospects of a full-time professional career.
The news of his wish to return was announced on Cadbury Heath’s website on Monday with some glowing tributes and well wishes “We have just been told that Matt Huxley has decided to join his old club Oldland in a bid to regain his match fitness and get regular football, this is huge disappointment for us all as he has been the star that shone brightest in our club for many years. His goals have been a huge part of our progress and we can have nothing but praise for a true striker who would stand up against anyone who has played at this level. Not only have we lost a fantastic striker but also a very genuine guy.” Club President Terry Mitchell added “Younger players could learn so much from Matt who just loves to play football and will always go through the pain barrier to play. He has also scored the best goal I have ever witnessed at Gillingham a few seasons ago where everyone in the ground applauded, you will be missed Matt we wish you good luck.”
Oldland Manager Scott Armstrong commented on the move "Matt is of course well known to the club, his son being involved with one of the junior sides here too. I have tried to freshen up the squad in recent weeks especially in view of the huge amount of games we have remaining and the interest in our players from other clubs so to have someone of his quality wanting to join us is a massive bonus. One of our players is the subject of a seven day notice of approach from a Southern League side but if he decides to stay then we do I'm sure have a good group capable of a strong end to the season."
The Bristolian, who won the 2014/15 Western League’s Golden Boot award for his 42 goals for Cadbury Heath, was with Oldland for a number of years before signing for Weston Super Mare on a two year contract, a brief spell at Yate Town and then settling just up the road from Oldland at Cadbury Heath. A prolific goal scorer for many years, we have looked back at his record for the period when Oldland first joined the Toolstation Western League, an impressive 142 goals in 146 games, he had already scored many goals in our quest for promotion from the Somerset Senior League in previous years. He left at the end of 2010/11 when Oldland finished second to Merthyr Town but were not promoted, something which lead to an exodus of players and a rebuilding exercise.
Season Games Goals
2007/08 36 38
2008/09 38 27
2009/10 36 31
2010/11 36 46
Total 146 142
We welcome back Matt, who will feature in Saturday’s home game against Wincanton Town.
Updated 12:45 - 24 Mar 2018 by Admin 1