football firsts

Mid­dles­brough winger Al­bert Adomah talks us through his football mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First team you watched live? I didn’t re­ally like go­ing to matches when I was young! I love football, but I’d much rather be play­ing than watch­ing. QPR were my lo­cal team grow­ing up, but I didn’t go and watch football that much be­cause I al­ways played as of­ten as I pos­si­bly could. I first went to Lof­tus Road when I was about 14 with a few mates I used to play park football with. First football hero? Les Fer­di­nand was a huge hero of mine. I used to play as a striker when I played park football and I loved scor­ing goals. He scored loads of goals, so I think that’s why I looked up to him back then. Paul Fur­long was also play­ing at QPR when I was grow­ing up, so when I got to play at Bar­net with him that was a bit of a weird mo­ment for me. He was com­ing to the end of his ca­reer and I was just start­ing out. I was se­ri­ously starstruck. First pair of boots? A pair of black Um­bro boots with white trim­ming that my dad bought me when I was ten years old. I re­mem­ber putting them on for the first time and they were so heavy that I didn’t think I could run in them. They had re­ally long old-school laces too; I could wrap them around the boots about eight times! First kit? It was a Manch­ester United shirt when I was 14. They were such a big club and, even though my lo­cal side was QPR, it was just such an iconic shirt. I can’t re­mem­ber who got it for me, but it turned out to be a cool kit to have in the end. First pro­fes­sional game? It was for Bar­net against Here­ford. None of my fam­ily were there be­cause it was quite a long way to go, but it was still in­cred­i­bly spe­cial. I’d been play­ing for Har­row Bor­ough in the Isthmian League while I was at col­lege, and then Bar­net were in­ter­ested and I couldn’t say no. I’d just signed my first pro­fes­sional con­tract and I couldn’t wait to play my first game. We played at Here­ford un­der the lights. It was 0-0 at half-time and early in the sec­ond half the ball just fell to me in the box and I slot­ted it home. It was a bit of a tap-in re­ally, but it was nice to get one on my de­but. I was on top of the world, and we won with a late goal, which was just the ic­ing on the cake. First red card? Amaz­ingly it was only last year, against Charl­ton. I was al­ready on a yel­low and it was re­ally late in the game, maybe with about ten min­utes left. I went in for a 50-50 and ini­tially the ref­eree gave it our way, but then he had a word with his as­sis­tant and changed his mind. Af­ter that he had to book me again, so I was off. I was sur­prised, es­pe­cially be­cause I thought the ref­eree had given us the free­kick and then changed it to the wrong de­ci­sion. It was pretty an­noy­ing. I got fined too, so I was pretty un­happy with the whole thing.

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