Meadow Lane- home to the winners of this years Matt Salmon Trophy. Image Credit: geograph.org.uk

Notts County U-18s have beaten Mansfield Town U-18s to claim the Matt Salmon Trophy, a two-legged tie played in memory of Matt Salmon, who worked for both clubs before losing his battle with cancer aged just 25.

The home and away games were played over a two-week period, with the first hosted by Mansfield , resulting in a 3-0 win for Notts, as the trophy was presented to captain Tyreace Palmer.

In the return fixture, Notts produced another good display to win the game , this time scoring a stoppage time winner to ensure the Matt Salmon Trophy was retained, a shiny piece of silverware engraved by Charlie Foggs of Beeston.

The two clubs have turned these games into an annual mini-tournament, after Matt Salmon died in 2017, the rivals put aside their differences to honour a man who did so much work behind-the-scenes for both clubs.

Matt worked with Notts Countys’ youth teams whilst studying at university, before becoming the senior academy physiotherapist at Mansfield Town, and for a brief period he was acting head physio for The Stags’ first team.

Both clubs pay their respects each year with these games, going head-to-head for the chance to lift a trophy in his name, a fitting tribute that this year goes the way of the Magpies.

By Callum Jackson