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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Britain's Got Talent success won't affect Collabro's Matthew

Britain's Got Talent finalist Matthew Pagan may be heading for stardom but the man behind his old football team doesn’t think it will go to his head.

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Gordon Rae

Gordon Rae, who is the chairman of Stanwix FC, made the comments as he prepared to find out who Matthew, 20, would face in the competition’s final with his theatre music boyband Collabro.

Mr Rae has known the singer since he joined the club when he was “eight or nine-years-old” and has seen him progress from the junior to senior teams.

He most recently saw him at a fundraising gala at the Glebe in Stanwix.

Mr Rae said: “He worked behind the bar last Saturday at the gala day. He usually does a bit – him and his friends – they go up and do 30-minute sets.

“He does swing and things like that, he’s a bit of a young Michael Bublé.”

Mr Rae says has been very impressed when he has watched him on TV.

“He carries himself really well,” Mr Rae said.

However, he doesn’t think being in the limelight will go to Matthew’s head, adding: “He is a really sound lad, he is really well grounded.”

He was equally impressed when Matthew played as a striker for the football club’s teams. Most recently, he had been playing for Stanwix Redfern in a Sunday league competition.

Mr Rae said: “He has come from a junior into an adult team and really held his own.”

The final of Britain’s Got Talent will be broadcast live on ITV on Saturday, June 7.

Mr Rae added: “I wish him well. From what I can see Collabro is something that is totally new.”

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