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Stevenage Player Matt Godden

Matt Godden

Forward


Matt Godden
Date Of Birth:

29/07/1991

Place Of Birth:

Canterbury


Previous Club(s):

Ebbsfleet United
Tamworth (loan)
Dartford (loan)
Ebbsfleet United (loan)
Gainsborough Trinity (loan)
Ilkeston Town (loan)
Brigg Town (loan)
Scunthorpe United

Later Club(s):

Peterborough United (2018)


Apps: 80 (7) - Goals: 35

Debut: Crewe Alexandra (H, 1-2), 06/08/2016

Matt Godden was the first signing made by Stevenage gaffer Darren Sarll in summer 2016. With the Boro' defence having been tightened up towards the end of the 2015-6 campaign, goals had proved hard to come by at the other end. Godden's 30 goals for Ebbsfleet United that season made him an excellent candidate to resolve that.

A Kent man by birth, the striker started his footballing career up north with Scunthorpe United. He turned professional in 2009 and went on loan to Brigg Town - one of many loan moves he'd make while with the Iron. A second loan move to Ilkeston Town followed, before eventually making a Scunthorpe debut in September 2010 - against Manchester United of all teams!

In 2012, Godden went to Gainsborough Trinity for two separate loan stays. The first in March was for a month, while the second in August was for six, though it was cut short due to injury. In November, he then found himself turning out for Ebbsfleet United.

It was to be the Kent side that was to offer Godden a new permanent place to call home in May 2014 - and it was where he started building his reputation as a hotshot in front of goal. The 2015-6 season was arguably, to date, the pinnacle - his 30 goals powering Ebbsfleet to second place in Conference South. Sadly for Fleet, promotion was denied after a penalty defeat to Maidstone in the playoff final.

Boro' have a history of digging out goalscorers from lower leagues - Steve Morison and Barry Hayles, for example. With an eye for goal so keenly demonstrated at Stonebridge Road, Boro' fans hoped they had found their next scoring superstar, and it came to be. For Godden, it was the chance to go back into the League after his time at Scunthorpe - and hopefully to go back with a vengeance.

Matt Godden data for 2018-9
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