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Football 14Dec 2015

Skipper Smith makes history with football first

Skipper Smith makes history with football first

Former Hartpury student Matt Smith has made history with his side Bangkok Glass FC after being named their first ever foreign captain.

Centre-back Smith, who signed for the Thai Premier League side ahead of their 2014-15 season after moving from the Australian A-League, enjoyed a standout season ahead of being named the team’s first overseas captain in their near 40-year history.

Smith, who graduated from Hartpury with a Masters degree in Sports Business Management, won three league titles as well as being named in the PFA team of the year during his time with Brisbane Roar. The defender previously spent time with Palm Beach and Brisbane Strikers before signing with A-League side, Queensland Fury, in 2009.

After joining Brisbane Roar in 2010, Smith – originally from Chichester – went on to make three appearances for Australia’s national side before moving to the Thai side.

During his time with Hartpury he was an influential part of the football programme. Having won the BUSA National Championship, he was also selected to play as part of the Great Britain University side in the World University Games in Bangkok.

Director of elite sport at Hartpury, Tom Radcliffe, said: “Matt always stood out as an exceptional footballing talent at Hartpury and everyone involved with the football programme here keeps a close eye on his progress. It’s fantastic to see him making such great strides in Thailand.

“It’s always a proud moment when one of our graduates stands out in the professional game on the international stage, particularly when they are honoured with the captaincy of their club.” 

31 Aug 2016 Football

Hartpury heralds another sporting success as magician Mus signs for top Danish club

Hartpury strike sensation, Mustapha Bundu, has become the College’s latest top level professional footballer after signing for Danish Superliga side, AGF Aarhus.

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14 Jun 2016 Football

American adventure awaits for Hartpury scholars set to shine Stateside

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28 Apr 2016 Football

‘Hands’ off our trophy! Hartpury secure title for second consecutive year with ESFA showpiece success

Two quickfire goals on the stroke of half-time sent Hartpury Under-18s on their way to securing a second successive English Schools Football Association (ESFA) Boys Colleges Trophy title as they defeated Gateshead College 3-2.

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26 Apr 2016 Football

Talented Tyler and team brimming over with excitement as Hartpury look to hold on to trophy

Hartpury’s footballers will look to end their season in style on Wednesday when they face off against Gateshead College in the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Boys Colleges Trophy final.

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