Postman Matt's first-class delivery with winning goal
PUBLISHED: 12:07 02 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 06 May 2010
POSTMAN Matt Langston made a first-class delivery and became an overnight legend when he scored the winning goal for his part-time football team when they faced Leeds United in the FA Cup on Sunday. The Histon FC player, who has been a St Albans postman
POSTMAN Matt Langston made a first-class delivery and became an overnight legend when he scored the winning goal for his part-time football team when they faced Leeds United in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The Histon FC player, who has been a St Albans postman for more than four years, scored a winning header in the second-round draw of the competition which was billed as his club's biggest ever game.
His goal, which came after a corner kick, sent League One giants Leeds United crashing out of the competition which they won in 1972.
Matt, aged 27, used to be a professional footballer for Watford FC and arrived at Histon after stints at Barnet, Stevenage and Cambridge.
He is now in his third season with the Blue Square League side and lives in Kings Langley with his wife and two sons, who watch him play every week.
Matt said the weekend's match played in front of a home crowd was, "like a dream come true".
Leeds United were crowned top of the old First Division in 1992 and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League as recently as 2001.
So the 1 - 0 win was a huge accomplishment for South Cambridgeshire side Histon, a town with a population of about 4,000 compared to their rival's stadium capacity of more than 40,000.
Since the match Matt has become something of a celebrity, featuring in many of the national newspapers and appearing on most of the major sports TV and radio shows.
He is now looking forward to facing Championship side Swansea City in the third-round FA Cup tie in January - the first in his club's history.
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