Two years ago Matty Burrows was scoring goals for Dundela — today he’s a global goalscoring sensation.
The 24-year-old Glentoran striker’s amazing goal against Portadown on Tuesday night — a phenomenal back-heeled volley from 16 yards out — hit the Internet on Wednesday morning and since then, the Glens’ online video site, GlentoranTV has received more than a million hits.
Type ‘Matty Burrows’ into twitter and literally thousands of mentions of the young Bangor-man pop up, from all over the globe in dozens of different languages.
Media outlets all across the world have been clambering to show the goal and suddenly, forget Messi, Rooney or Ronaldo ... Burrows is the footballing name on everyone’s lips.
While it must be hard to stay grounded when your profile has rocketed to such an extent, the striker, who came off the bench to score that winner in the 92nd minute, is remaining unequivocally modest.
“I have been really surprised by the amount of people who have been talking about it and contacting me,” he said.
“I got a lot of texts that night from people I know who were at the match and the boys were giving me a bit of stick too, but the next day it all went a wee bit crazy.
“I got loads of messages and people were phoning me up saying that thousands and thousands of people had seen it on the internet and that all these newspapers and TV stations all over the world were putting it on their sites.
“It’s incredible really and I couldn’t believe it when someone told me that it had gone up to over a million hits.”
While proud that his name is being mentioned among some of the game’s greatest players, Burrows is also pleased he has played a role in catapulting the local game onto the world stage.
“It’s not often that Irish League football gets a mention on such a scale so I am happy that I have been able to give Glentoran, and our league a bit of a lift,” he said.
“Hopefully people can pay a bit more attention to it because we the players know the standard is a lot better than some people think it is.”
Now Burrows is hoping the goal will help him gain a starting place in the first team for tomorrow’s Carling Premiership game with Glenavon at the Oval but, as he said, that is up to boss Scott Young.
“Daryl Fordyce is in my position at the minute and he is the league’s top goalscorer so it will be hard to shift him,” he added. “Hopefully I will have at least given the manager a headache.”