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Matty Ball

Name: Matthew Ball
Born: 26 March 1993, Welwyn Garden City (ENG)
Height: 5.10 ft (1.80 m)
Weight: 10.10 st (68 kg)
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 6 Under-21 Caps, Under-19, Under-17.
Club Honours:

Club Career:
Teams ........... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- -League-
Norwich City .....10/11-11/12 ..2010 Youth .0(0)/ 0
Macclesfield Town 11/12 ..... Mar-12 .Loan .0(0)/ 0
Stevenage........ 12/13-13/14 Jul-12 .Free .1(1)/ 0
Farnborough ..... 12/13 ..... Feb-13 .Loan .7(-)/ 1 (Conference South)
Boreham Wood .... 13/14 ..... Aug-13 .Loan 21(-)/ 4 (Conference South)
Farnborough ..... 13/14 ..... Jan-14 .Loan 18(-)/ 3 (Conference South)
Farnborough ..... 14/15 ..... Aug-14 .Free 10(-)/ 2 (Conference South)
Wealdstone....... 14/15-15/16 Oct-14 .Free ........ (Conference South)
Albuquerque Sol.. 2015 ...... May-15 .Loan ........ (US PDL)
St Albans City .. 16/17- date Jun-16 (National League South)

Matthew Ball was first signed by Norwich City as a twelve year-old, working his way through the ranks to earn a place on the bench for the Canaries' 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace in October 2010. He earned his first professional contract in May 2011, the same month as he made his Northern Ireland Under-21 debut, adding to the youth caps he had previously won. In the summer of 2011 he showed particularly impressive form at the Milk Cup, scoring twice in three games, as Northern Ireland finished runners-up.

Ball was released by Norwich at the end of the 2011/12 season and subsequently joined Stevenage, where his father Tim had played during the 1980s, on a three-year-contract after a successful trial. He spent loan spells with non-league sides Farnborough and Boreham Wood. After his Stevenage contract was cancelled at the end of the 2013/14 season he joined Farnborough on a permanent deal.

Ball's younger brother Dominic was also capped at various levels by Northern Ireland before electing to play for England.

Flown the Nest

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
31-05-2011 Faroe Islands A D 0-0 ECQ sub
06-09-2011 Denmark...... H L 0-3 ECQ sub
15-08-2012 Hungary...... A L 2-3 FR
07-09-2012 FYR Macedonia H L 1-3 ECQ sub
10-09-2012 Denmark...... A L 0-3 ECQ
14-08-2013 Denmark...... H L 1-4 FR. sub

Summary: 2(4)/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 5.