Blackburn Rovers defender Matthew Kilgallon talks us through his football memories
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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