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What A Load Of Cobblers

Tom Reed

What A Load Of Cobblers
62 minJUN 15
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Sometimes it's the players that are there for a fleeting moment that live long in the memory and that is the case with Matthew Rush at NTFC.

Matthew came in on loan for a short period in 96/97 and created a big impact with his skilful ball-carrying performances. So much so that Rush has been mentioned in dispatches as one of the best loanees the club has had, contributing to the season which saw the Cobblers beat Swansea at Wembley.

Matthew Rush isn't your standard footballer, in fact he barely watched football as a kid but excelled at the sport earning himself a place at West Ham United. Rush talks about the family atmosphere at Upton Park under Billy Bonds and how he broke into the first team, scoring an excellent volley V Ipswich.

Rush is always frank and he talks about tension with Harry Redknapp and having to leave the club he loved for a new direction at Norwich.

Sadly that move saw a major injury from which he had to learn to walk again but he fought back to fitness with a loan move to the Cobblers.

Sadly Rush's career was curtailed by injury and he retrained as a teacher, thrown in the deep end in an inner city school.

Sport obviously runs in a certain part of the Rush genes however as his daughter is a successful tennis player and Matthew talks about moving to Barcelona to help with her on the court training.

This is a considered talk about a career that went from the Premier League to Division 4 in the space of a year, a career well lived but also a sense of what could have been?

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