Matthew Briggs Documentary: A Journey of Discovery
In the final episode we follow Matthew during his time with the Guyana national squad during the Concacaf Gold Cup in the US.
As part of Adam Leventhal’s ‘Tales From…’ series, the documentary, released in episodes over the coming weeks, features interviews and insight from some of those who played a part in Matthew's career.
In 2007 Matthew Briggs, aged 16 years and 65 days, became the youngest player to play in the Premier League when he made his debut for Fulham against Middlesbrough. It's a record that he held until the penultimate match of the 2018/19 season.
At that point he was regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the game - wanted by clubs like Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
His career started young, but didn’t continue on the upward curve. Further appearances in the Premier League, in European competition, for England’s Under-21 side followed but before long he was slipping down the divisions and eventually into Non-League football, where he finds himself now.
On a journey of discovery, by speaking to his former teammates, managers and friends in the game - we aim to find out the reasons why so much promise can soon evaporate.
Too much money too soon, bad decisions on the pitch and off it, the wrong advice, lack of mentors and role models, mental health issues, family crises and many more themes are discussed.
In this episode Matthew starts his journey of discovery by looking back at his premiership debut in 2007 as a 16 year old, and talks for the first time about losing his youngest premier league record to Fulham’s Harvey Elliott and the first-hand advice he would give to him.
Episode 2 of Matthew’s journey of discovery, includes interviews with Andros Townsend, Liam Rosenior and Ray Lewington and hears Matthew discuss the challenges of growing up without a father figure, the pressure of supporting his family and the pain of losing his grandmother.
Episode 3 of Matthew’s journey of discovery, includes interviews with Lawrie Sanchez, Ray Lewington, Andrew Townsend and Liam Rosenoir and discusses whether young players get too much too soon and if there is a support system in place to manage this.
Episode 4 of Matthew’s journey of discovery, features his trip to TalkSport, where he speaks to Jim White and Simon Jordan about his journey so far.
Episode 5 of Matthew’s journey of discovery, hears Matthew talking to former Fulham teammate and captain Danny Murphy about mental health issues within football.
Episode 6 of Matthew’s journey of discovery, hears Matthew talking about qualifying for the Guyana National squad for the Concacaf Gold cup.
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