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Matheson: Norwich Badge Doesn't Mean Anything to Me Anymore
Friday, 5th Feb 2021 10:41

Town new boy Luke Matheson has come clean about being a Norwich ‘supporter’ and admitted he is anything but a fervent fan of the Canaries.

There is a connection with the Blues’ bitter rivals from across the county border but the 18-year-old Wolves loanee was keen to set the record straight ahead of a possible debut in tomorrow’s home clash with Blackpool.

Right-back Matheson said: “Basically, my dad is from Norfolk. He was born and raised over there so obviously he grew up as a Norwich fan.

“Me, being his little boy, I’ve always looked up to him in terms of everything he has ever done, whether it’s in football or outside of football.

“It’s the little things, like the way he treats his wife – my mum – and with him being a Norwich fan I just wanted to be like him.

“But ever since my own football career has kicked on – when I made my debut for Rochdale at the age of 15 – the whole Norwich fan thing deteriorated.

“Being 100 per cent genuine, I can’t remember the last time I turned my phone on to check a Norwich line-up or a Norwich score. The Norwich badge doesn’t mean anything to me anymore, as it once did when I was a young lad.

“That’s probably just because of my endeavours as a young boy in my own professional career.

“I’ve never even been to Carrow Road to watch a game. I’ve been there once and it was for a Meet the Players-type event where people could collect autographs. I was only five or six back then.

“I was never some superfan who used to drive back and forth from Manchester to watch games.

“To be honest, it was even a stroke of luck that I got there for the players’ event because we were staying with my grandparents for a few days and that was how we caught wind of it and thought it would be a good day out.”

Matheson, whose only senior football this season came in an EFL Trophy game for Wolves U21s when they lost 4-0 at Oldham in September, pointed to the Town crest on his track suit and stressed: “I’m happy to be here. This badge means something to me now because I wear it on the front of my shirt.

“And I want to give 100 per cent effort every single week in every single training session and game. I’m thankful for the opportunity I have been given here.”

The exuberant right-back, whose off-the-pitch demeanour mirrors that for which he is renowned as a player, added: “I never had a Grant Holt duvet cover. My dad is really over the moon for me. I phoned him up and said ‘Dad, I’ve got a loan move. Guess where!’.

“His first guess was Rochdale and his second was Tranmere because my mum and her family are from there. When I said Ipswich he just laughed and said he was over the moon for me.

“His actual words were ‘That’s a great move for you, Luke. They’re pushing for promotion this year so it will be a different experience from what it was at Rochdale, where you were fighting against relegation’.

“I’m his son at the end of the day and I’m sure he’d say this himself – blood comes before any fanship.”

Asked if he was from a football family the youngster continued: “I come from an athletic family. My dad was a 400 metre hurdler and a field hockey player, and my mum played netball.

“It was always football for me. I started with a group called Little Sports and I love every single sport. When I was about six or seven me and my sister, who is two years younger than me, went along there.

“It was like a day camp and I think my parents just wanted a break. The people there picked up on the fact that I was decent at football and then I went to play for their Sunday League team, FC Sports.

“My manager there was a scout for Rochdale and when I was seven he sent me along there. The rest, I suppose, is history.”

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BartonBluee added 10:58 - Feb 5
Hopefully his enthusiasm and will to do well rubs off on some of the other players. It is refreshing to hear a player say they are grateful for the opportunity to be at our club. It seems a lot of players nowadays are incredibly entitled as if clubs owe them something.

Anything I've seen of Luke, playing for Rochdale has been positive, especially for such a young lad. He has a goal in him, especially when he scored against Man United in the cup, so fingers crossed he can add to the hopeful revival of this season.


breedalot added 11:01 - Feb 5
His actual words were (laced with sarcasm) ‘That’s a great move for you, Luke. They’re pushing for promotion this year so it will be a different experience from what it was at Rochdale, where you were fighting against relegation’. lol

chrisswailes added 11:52 - Feb 5
Lovely words - you were an absolute BEAST for me on FM Luke - genuinely very excited to have you here!

PackwoodBlue added 12:22 - Feb 5
Very refreshing. Sounds like a genuine lad with bags of enthusiasm. Wishing him the best of luck at ITFC.

sticklegs added 12:29 - Feb 5
I wouldn't be fussed if he admitted being an avid Norwich fan, at least he supports his local team (as most of us do!) and isn't a sad glory hunter Chelsea/Man Utd supporter. As long as he plays well for us, that's all that really matters. Clive Woods was Norwich born and bred, but he didn't do too badly playing for Ipswich all those years ago.

SamWhiteUK added 12:29 - Feb 5
I like him already. What a great kid!

im_marcacus added 12:44 - Feb 5

“It’s the little things, like the way he treats his sister – my mum – and with him being a Norwich fan..”


ArnieM added 12:50 - Feb 5
Luke, just chill ok . Do your stuff here in the Blue shirt and I guarantee you, you will be a hero amongst Town fans, because you have narwich connections , as it'll be one in the eye for them, because they wont want you to be a hero here ...... over to you son"


grumpyoldman added 14:11 - Feb 5
Sticklegs he lived in Manchester probably why he started at Rochdale, his father is from Norfolk, so didn’t support his local team.

happybeingblue added 17:11 - Feb 5
good luck to you young luke and your dad :)

CrockerITFC added 17:45 - Feb 5
I agree with chrisswailes incredible FM signing!

NITFC added 18:20 - Feb 5
I've seen him play once. When we played Rochdale away last season. He stood out in that game. With yet more bad news about KVY, hopefully he will get plenty of starts and give us that much needed energy down the right side

Good luck Luke

istanblue added 19:32 - Feb 5
Called it. As I said before no true NCFC fan would play for us and vice versa.

Bergholt_Blue added 10:08 - Feb 6
He's family are Norwich fans getover it

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