Brad­ford City cen­tre-for­ward James Han­son talks us through his football mem­o­ries

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First game you watched live? I went to Hud­der­s­field against Cardiff on a Fri­day night. When I was play­ing for Hud­der­s­field as a young­ster, I used to get free tick­ets so I used to go to the games and my dad Michael would come with me. I think the score was 2-2. At the time we had the likes of Mar­cus Stewart play­ing up front. First pair of boots? A pair of Di­ado­ras. When I was younger I found them re­ally com­fort­able so I wore them up un­til some bet­ter ones like the Adi­das Preda­tors came out, and then I got those.

I didn’t re­ally tend to try and copy what my idols were wear­ing, I just went with the com­fi­est boot I could find and what­ever my mum and dad would buy me. First kit? A Leeds United kit, which prob­a­bly sounds a bit daft now, but it was be­fore I was play­ing for Hud­der­s­field as a kid.

I pre­tended that I sup­ported Leeds be­cause they were play­ing in the Premier League, so I got their kit – which ob­vi­ously doesn’t look good now I play for Brad­ford! First pro­fes­sional game? The first game of the 2009-10 sea­son for Brad­ford against Notts County, when Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son was there.

I was on the bench most of the game and we were 4-0 down, so I came on and made my de­but. The fi­nal score was 5-0, so not a great day. First goal? It was a weird sce­nario be­cause I was on the bench for the first four games of the sea­son and we didn’t score a sin­gle goal, so the gaffer at the time, Stu­art McCall, gave all the lads on the bench a chance away at Chel­tenham.

In­cred­i­bly, when you con­sider we hadn’t scored for four games, it was 3-3 at half-time and ended up 5-4 to us.

My first goal came from a cor­ner rou­tine we had been prac­tic­ing in train­ing, where I would come off the keeper and try to get a run off my man run­ning to­wards the front post and I just headed into the top cor­ner.

That was the ex­act goal we’d prac­ticed, so it worked quite well. First red card? I’ve only ever had one red card in my pro­fes­sional ca­reer and it got re­scinded.

Four sea­sons ago we were play­ing against Ox­ford and, off the ball, their guy thought that I’d el­bowed him but I never did. He over­re­acted and the ref­eree ended up send­ing us both off.

It was a bit silly as we were 4-0 up at the time and the guy must have just lost his head a bit and ended up re­act­ing, then I ended up go­ing with him.

But when the video of the game came back and showed that I didn’t el­bow him, the card got re­scinded. First football hero? I’ve al­ways been a striker, ex­cept for a cou­ple of years when I was 11 and 12 at Hud­der­s­field and they played me at left-back. I left there at 15 and that was when I used to play Sun­day League with my mates, so I could back up front again.

My hero then was Alan Shearer (right). He was the one who was scor­ing all the goals and try­ing to get on the end of things, so I looked up to him.

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