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Local keeper’s British call-up

 
Created on 09/03/2011 @ 14:53
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Former Guilsfield goalkeeper Matthew Shortt (right) has been called up to the British Combined Forces football side to play Holland and France next month.
 
The 28 year-old has established himself as the Royal Navy’s stopper but has now been drafted into the Combined Forces side for the Kentish Cup which will be held in France from April 4.
 
“It’s a huge honour and I’m chuffed to bits,” said the Physical Training Instructor. “It’s a 15-man squad selected from the Army, Navy and RAF and the highest level anyone can play in the services. This is the oldest competition in Europe and recognised by UEFA and FIFA.”
 
And friends and family will have the opportunity to see Matt in action on March 23 when his Royal Navy side plays the RAF at Shrewsbury Town’s ground. Admission is free with a 7.30pm kick off.
 
Currently serving on the HMS Ark Royal, Matt has been a part of the Royal Navy football team for nine years and can boast to having played at the home of football itself – Wembley Stadium. His side plays their home matches at Portsmouth’s Fratton Park and he has played against the likes of Newcastle United Old Boys which included Peter Beardsley (left) and Steve Stone in their ranks.
 
In preparation for the RAF match, the Navy side has spent three days preparing at Bisham Abbey and beat London AFA 3-0 in a warm-up.
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