TIPTON ALL SET
Tipton all set
CHAD website, 30 June 2005
MATTHEW Tipton shrugged off his shock departure from Macclesfield Town and began preparations to help shoot Mansfield Town to promotion.
The striker signed for Stags on his 25th birthday yesterday (Wednesday) after Mansfield beat off interest from other clubs, including a reportedly furious Bury who thought they had a deal clinched.
Tipton, club captain and a regular leading goalscorer at Macclesfield, had a new deal offered to him but, when the Silkmen lost in the Play-off semi-finals, manager Brian Horton changed his mind.
"The offer was suddenly withdrawn after our Play-offs exit," he said. "But that's football and there are no surprises these days.
"I did speak to Bury but that doesn't mean a thing. I spoke to a few clubs and never guaranteed them anything.
"At my age it is important time in my career and I feel I can push on by coming to Mansfield.
"I want to push for promotion. That's what the manager and chairman have told me they want here and that is the reason I came.
"I am an all-action player who will always give 100 per cent and, if you are doing that, the goals should follow."
Tipton has had three weeks off to recover from Macclesfield's Play-off adventure.
"It was a tough season last year and I gave myself three weeks of complete rest," he said.
"But I have been training at home. I went away for two weeks and then came back to sort out my move."
Tipton met his new team mates for the first time yesterday, including likely strike partners Richie Barker and Adam Birchall.
"Richie has done the business at this level for a long time," he said. "I don't know too much about Adam, though I have seen him play for the Welsh U21s and he looked sharp and lively.
"We had a good, hard session yesterday. It was nice to sign a contract on my birthday - though the running afterwards wasn't as nice!"
Matthew Tipton arrives at Field Mill
A Wet mid week morning saw the arrival of the Matthew Tipton on his twenty fifth birthday to Field Mill. The Welch international Under 21 and former Silkman was a prime target for many clubs in our division but Carlton Palmer and Mansfield Town FC secured his signature in a two year deal.
Certain areas of the media reported that Mansfield Town secured the deal by offering 'Silly Money' for the players services - Not True says the birthday boy Tipton:
"I came over to the club and spoke to Carlton and the Chairman and told them to sell Mansfield Town FC to me and I was very impressed with what they had to offer and I believed out of the clubs I spoke to that Mansfield have a real chance of promotion this year.
"Carlton Palmer showed that he believed in me and what I can do for the club and a move is always made easier if you know people who are there already. I met the lads for the first time this morning and they seem a great bunch. I know a couple of them already through playing against or with them over the years. Rhys and Gareth Jelleyman I have played with in the International under 21 squad.
"My ambition is to achieve promotion with a club this year and I wouldn't have come to Mansfield if I felt that promotion was not a real possibility and looking at the squad that Carlton has put together I believe that we could be looking at an automatic place this time around."
Just speaking to Matthew you get the feeling that this individual knows exactly what he wants out of the game and life in general and has confidence to burn. And, with the experience gleaned from his relative short career he has every reason to be confident. Playing since the age of sixteen he started his career at Oldham making his debut at the age of seventeen and having six years for the Lancashire club before moving onto the other MTFC, Macclesfield Town.
During his time at Oldham he made 8 International appearances before moving to the Silkmen where he netted 50 goals in three years an achievement which Tipton is rightly proud of:
"I started at Oldham and had six years there and made 8 International appearances for the Welch U21 squad before moving to Macclesfield where I had three good years and scored fifty goals. The most memorable of my games have been a couple of hard matches against Italy but all your games are memorable in one way or another" he told the official website.
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