WFFC Advent Calendar: 17 – Matt Waldron

Some players seem like they have been around forever, and Matt Waldron is certainly one of those, having made his debut for Leyton Pennant over 11 years ago.

He made his debut as a youngster on the 4th of September 2001 – a 2-0 win over Hungerford Town. That season, he made 40 appearances in a highly successful Colin Richards side.

He started the 2002-3 season with Pennant under Danny Honeyball, but moved onto Enfield to link up with Terry Back.

He had spells with Harlow Town, amongst others, before returning to Forest at the start of the 2006-7 season, again linking up with Back and Honeyball.

He played 41 games that season, and formed one of the strongest defences in the league with Ryan Oliva, Liam Baptiste and/or Danny Honeyball. He was also awarded the “Club Man of the Season” title at the end of that campaign.

Honeyball left for Arlesey in the early phases of the 2007-8 season, and Waldron moved on not too long after. He made 9 appearances in the 2007-8 season, scoring his first goal for the club in the 3-1 defeat to Beckenham Town.

Between then and his return in March 2012, he had spells at various clubs including Waltham Abbey, Ware, Sawbridgeworth Town, Brimsdown Rovers and Cheshunt, where he was Assistant Manager.

Upon his return, he took up the vacant Assistant Manager post, and made 7 appearances at the end of last season.

He has been an almost ever-present (when not suspended) this season, and has been made first team coach. So far this season, he has made 18 appearances bringing his grand total to 126.

Waldron is not known to be a goal-scoring centre back, but he did get his second goal for the club in the League Cup against Grays Athletic, where he found the back of the net with an incredible free kick from just inside the Grays half.

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