football firsts

Black­burn Rovers de­fender Matthew Kil­gal­lon talks us through his football mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? Leeds United against Ar­se­nal. My Sun­day league team took us for do­ing well in the league to go and watch the game. I re­mem­ber think­ing how big the play­ers were and how fit they all were. I can re­mem­ber how big David Sea­man looked in goal. That was prob­a­bly the weird­est thing – see­ing how big David Sea­man’s gloves were. First pair of boots? A pair of Ruud Gul­lit Lotto’s. I liked Gul­lit at the time and I re­ally liked the black and green colour of them, and they had the big tongue too. But I don’t think I had much say, they were prob­a­bly the cheap­est on the mar­ket! I wore them for a whole sea­son but I used to get new boots ev­ery Christ­mas, so I got a new pair for the next sea­son. First kit? A Leeds United kit with Tony Ye­boah writ­ten on the back. He was my favourite player at Leeds at the time, es­pe­cially af­ter he scored that great volley against Liver­pool when we beat them 1-0. First pro­fes­sional game? The first game I played as a pro­fes­sional was for Leeds against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the UEFA Cup. Lu­cas Radebe got in­jured in the 60th minute, so I came on as a sub and made my de­but, but I was only re­ally meant to be there to travel and watch the first team. I didn’t even think I would be on the bench and then next thing I knew Radebe went down and I was on – we ended up win­ning 4-1. First goal? I was play­ing for Leeds against Charl­ton in the Premier League. The ball came into the box and I slid in at the back post and scored. The game ended up fin­ish­ing 3-3. First red card? Away at Brighton I got two yel­low cards. I couldn’t be­lieve it, be­cause I didn’t think the sec­ond one was a yel­low. It was at Brighton’s old ground with the run­ning track and I just re­mem­ber walk­ing past all the Leeds fans and them clap­ping me off. I was also think­ing I’d let them down and I was just an­gry with my­self. Then I can just re­mem­ber be­ing sat in the dress­ing room wait­ing for the man­ager to come in and give me a good rol­lock­ing... First foot­balling hero? Prob­a­bly Ye­boah. But I also loved Paul Gas­coigne, Alan Shearer and Tony Adams. I used to watch them all a lot when I was younger when they were play­ing for Eng­land. But also Rio Fer­di­nand when he was at Leeds. I used to be a ball boy for Leeds when we were in the Cham­pi­ons League and so I got to watch him play live quite a lot.

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