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Matt Salmon Trophy: Mansfield Town and Notts County pay tribute to late physio

28 September 2017

On Saturday lunchtime, Mansfield Town host Notts County in a battle for local pride, and a battle for three points. But that's not the only thing on offer for the victors of the Sky Bet League Two clash.

The winner of the weekend fixture will be presented with the inaugural Matt Salmon Trophy, organised in honour of the former physiotherapist, who passed away in May, aged 25, following a long battle with cancer.

Matt began his career working in Notts County's medical department where he gained valuable work experience, before crossing over to the Stags and spending three-and-a-half years as their Academy physio up until his untimely passing.

“Matt was an incredible person, the type to do anything for anyone” - Carolyn Radford

Matt's wife and family have been invited to the match as special guests to mark the occasion, and father Andy said his son would have been humbled.

“We are so very proud that this fixture has been named in Matt’s memory. The response from his colleagues, friends and fans at Mansfield Town and Notts County, and the entire football family immediately after his death, provided us all with enormous support and for that we are very grateful.

“To dedicate this match to Matt and to present this impressive trophy named after him shows how both clubs really care for their wider club families and community.

“For both clubs to play for a trophy in his name would bring a wry smile to his face although he would try and hide it behind his professionalism and focus on caring for the players.

“To return to the club for this fixture will be very emotional and we wish both clubs good luck.”

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