He spent three-and-a-half years working for the club as first team physio and then with the academy, before his condition worsened
MANSFIELD TOWN’S physio Matt Salmon has died at the age of just 25 following a five-year battle with lung cancer.
Salmon announced his retirement from the League Two club on Wednesday after recently being told that doctor’s could do no more to save him.
He spent three-and-a-half years working for the club as first team physio and then with the academy, before his condition worsened.
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The club were informed that he died peacefully, surrounded by his family.
Chairman and owner John Radford said: “We are terribly sad to receive this news. Matt was a true credit to himself and his family.
“He will be remembered by everyone at Mansfield Town for his enthusiasm and the second-to-none quality of care in the treatment and rehabilitation of players.
“But above all that, he was a thoroughly decent person and we will miss him.
“We offer our sincere condolences to Matt’s family at this very sad time.”
Manager Steve Evans added: “It would be fair to say that this is a real sad day for everyone connected with Mansfield Town Football Club.
“As soon as I heard the news, it dampened by heart and my thoughts immediately go to Matt’s family.
“They have lost a wonderful husband, son and brother and we, his football family, have not only lost an outstanding professional, but a true friend.”
Academy manager John Dempster said: “Matt has been taken from his family and friends far too soon, but the foundations he has laid at the academy will live on for years to come, along with the wonderful memories we have of him.
“On behalf of all the academy staff, I can say that we were all grateful to work with him on a daily basis and our thoughts are with his family and friends, who he was so proud of.
“Rest in peace, Matt.”
Salmon, who married last year and completed a new course of medication in February, said upon retiring on Wednesday: “It has been an incredibly difficult decision to resign from my dream job at the age of 25.
“But unfortunately I have reached a stage where I am not able to give our players the level of care they deserve.
“That is something I have strived to do since I joined the club and made a minimum requirement for all medical staff who I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
“I have immensely enjoyed every single moment since joining Mansfield Town three-and-half years ago.
“Every single member of playing and coaching staff have been incredibly supportive of my situation and have always given me the opportunity to do the job that I love.
“I have worked alongside and for some incredibly talented medical staff, coaching staff and managerial staff since 2014.
“And every single one of them has played a role in shaping me to become the physio that I have become today.
“Personally and professionally I would like to thank all the staff working with the academy – every single one of them have provided support on so many levels and I will never forget the things you have done for me.”