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Matt JANSEN

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282 league appearance with 83 goals, with majority of these games and goals in the top-flight and transfer fees totally over £5,000,000; Matt is one of the most high profile signings in Chorley FC’s history.

He started his career with his home town club Carlisle United, and his skilful displays soon had bigger clubs keeping an eye on his progress.  Toward the end of his second season as a pro he was sold to Crystal Palace for £1m, choosing The Eagles over Manchester United as he didn’t want to be sat on the bench.

After just 31 appearances for the Selhurst Park club he was transferred onto Blackburn Rovers for £4.1m, where he became good friends with Garry Flitcroft and enjoyed the best times of his playing days.

After a near-fatal motorcycle crash in Rome in the summer of 2002, a summer that would have been spent with the England side at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea had he not been struck by a stomach illness, Jansen struggled to regain his fitness and spent spells with Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers, Wrexham before teaming up with Flitty at Leigh and then here at Chorley.

In the summer of 2015, following Flitcroft’s decision to step down, Matt was appointed first team manager.  His playing appearances have become fewer as the season's have passed, but Matt is still registered in case of emergency.

FORMER CLUBS: Carlisle United, Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers, Wrexham, Leigh Genesis

International Honours: England; Under 21 (6 caps)

*** RETIRED FROM PLAYING!

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