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Luke Matheson: Scoring against Man Utd but school in the morning

Written by on September 26, 2019

A month ago, 16-year-old Luke Matheson was collecting his GCSE results.

On Wednesday night, the Rochdale defender scored against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.

It was a memorable moment for the youngster but the celebrations could not last too long – he is back to school on Thursday morning for a psychology test.

“I struck it and it hit the roof of the net and my body just took over,” said Matheson.

“I sprinted to the Dale fans and did a knee slide. I thought I was going to go down the hill. It’s a special, special moment.

“I would have been at school today. I am going in tomorrow to make up for it when we have day off as I have a psychology test. I can’t wait for that. I don’t think I will sleep tonight.

“Rochdale and the school have been so supportive of me. I love learning; it is what I want to do.

“Football is not a guarantee. You never know what will happen. You could be the best player in the world but anything is possible. I want to have that back-up plan just in case.”

Many of Matheson’s friends are United fans, but he himself has a different allegiance.

“I’m a Norwich fan,” he said. “My dad’s from Norwich, he brought me up with Norwich all my life.

“Most of my best mates are United fans. I have not turned my phone on yet. I am dreading it.”

Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy was full of praise.

“Luke is an exceptional guy,” he said. “He is one player you would have no problems staying grounded and true to his family.

“His GCSE results were incredible and mirror his football. We ignore his age really. We treat him as a normal player.”

League One Rochdale may have gone on to lose the third-round game on penalties, but Matheson’s goal was his first in professional football and capped an incredible 12 months.


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