Matt Thorburn (MPT)

Stockport Cosmos Coach

Matt Thorburn

Personal Profile

I’m 33 years of age. I’m a father to 3 wonderful kids, Jacob, Imogen and Freddie and partner to Julie, all of whom can be seen most weekends on the sideline at a Cosmos game and are my biggest supporters.

I’ve worked for William Hill Bookmakers since 2009…. not bad considering it was just a temporary job till I found something else.

I started playing football from the age of 4 and have played for many junior football teams, Reddish St Marys, Reddish Vulcans, County Juniors, Reddish Villa to name a few. After playing in net for Stockport Vikings for one season at the age of 16, I gave up football for 5 years before joining Hazel Grove. An opportunity to play outfield with Revival FC was taken, but it wasn’t long before I went back to Hazel Grove as an outfield player under the guidance of John Hudson who’s now manager at Poynton FC. It was at the end of this season and with help from John that I set up my own club and the rest as they say is history. 

Guilty pleasures:

  • Gabrielle 
  • Geordie Shore
  • Coronation Street

Bad Habits:

  • Biting my nails 
  • Voice breaking on a Sunday morning 
  • Snoring


  • Non League Football 
  • My Mobile Phone 
  • Crisps 

Cosmos Coach Mini Interview

Who is your favourite football player of all time?

Kevin Francis  Stockport County Legend…… Zinedine Zidane – made the game look so easy and everything was at his pace.

What made you start football coaching?

Always been a football fanatic not only playing. I used to love manager football games when I was a kid and used to love listening to the tactical breakdown and analysis pundits gave before, during and after the games. Was always that kid at school whose exercise book was filled at the back full of football dream teams and at the age of 24 decided to go into football management and create my own team Edgeley Villa FC and have never looked back since.

What’s the best thing about being a Stockport Cosmos Coach?

The best thing about being a Stockport Cosmos coach is the professionalism of the club for a Sunday League team and the real feeling of being a family. Everyone seems to have a keen interest in every side, not only their own.