Getting to know the gaffer of Springfield Football Club

Springfield Football Club has a long and proud history of providing football in the community.


CommunityAd Exclusive - Getting to know the gaffer of Springfield FCFounded in 1935, the FA Charter Standard Club provides football for ages from 6 years up to their Veterans Over 45s and all ages in between. Run entirely by volunteers, Matt Cardy is the First Team Manager of the Springfield Football Club Seniors and we had the pleasure of speaking to him to find out more about this incredible club.


To readers who might not know, what is your footballing background and current role with Springfield FC? 

I am the current first-team manager of Springfield FC. Alongside, my long-term assistant, Dan Blewett, we have managed together for 6 seasons. Before joining Springfield FC last February we managed Southend-based side Wakebury FC for nearly 5 years.


How would you assess your overall season and who would you say have been your best players this campaign? 

Our aim this season was to provide the club with much-needed stability whilst planning and putting things in place for longer-terms aims. We’re currently sitting in a healthy mid-table position in the Essex Olympian Premier Division with 2 games to play. In terms of standout players, Harry Kateley has 18 goals this season and has had a very good season along with Angelo Louis and Elliott Khupe who have been very consistent.


What would you say have been the club’s proudest moments since you have been involved? 

Last season when Dan and I took over the team had only won 2 league games. We managed to turn it around quickly only losing 2 out of the 13 games remaining, including a 9-match unbeaten run. This was a remarkable achievement for everyone involved at the club.

“Football clubs are all about young people and providing opportunities to enjoy football in any way, shape or form.

Are you currently looking for any players and if so, how can interested readers enquire to find out more?

Player recruitment is always an ongoing part of the role. In terms of the first team, we try to sign players we know, like and trust. We have a database of nearly 90 players that we recruit from. If anyone is interested in joining our club they should head to our club website as details of all managers are on there.


Springfield Football Club has a long and proud history of providing football in the community for nearly 90 years. As manager of the senior team, do you see first-hand just how important the club’s values and ethos’ are through the age groups and how do you pass this on to your players and continue the work at the senior level? 

The family feel the club has is one of the things that attracted me and Dan to the club. We enjoy building rapport with people and Springfield FC is full of outstanding people. On a match day, the support they receive is amazing. Seeing a range of ages on the sidelines showing their support is what the club is all about. We also enjoy training where we get to watch parts of the youth teams’ training. Football clubs are all about young people and providing opportunities to enjoy football in any way, shape or form.


What are your aims for Springfield Football Club in the short (1-2 seasons) and (4-5 seasons) long-term?

The club announced recently that the first team will be ground sharing with Heybridge Swifts FC. This is a massive indication of the ambition we have.

We plan as the first team to be competing at the higher reaches of the table and hopefully making some club history longer in terms of taking the club to semi-professional football.

Our current home ground is very close to having a new project agreed upon, so fingers crossed we can get that over the line and give Springfield FC even more to be proud of.


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