Crawley Town cen­tre-for­ward Gavin Tom­lin talks us through his football mem­o­ries

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First game you watched live? The first game I went to was a Crys­tal Palace game back in the day when Ian Wright was a role model in South Lon­don, but I can’t re­mem­ber who they were play­ing. I can just re­mem­ber watch­ing Wright. He had worked so hard to move to Palace from Green­wich and you could tell how much he loved football just by watch­ing the way he charged around and ap­pealed to the ref­eree for ev­ery de­ci­sion to go his way. It was a close friend of my fam­ily who took me. He was a Palace fan and he knew I liked football, but I was ac­tu­ally a New­cas­tle fan. First football hero? Andy Cole. He scored loads of goals for New­cas­tle, looked ag­gres­sive and had a real eye for goal. He was a great striker. I was 11 when he was sold from New­cas­tle to Manch­ester United and I was dev­as­tated! It was those two go­ing for the Premier League ti­tle back then, so it was a big blow. First pair of boots? My first pair were Nike Tiem­pos. They were black, which is un­usual nowa­days – ev­ery­body seems to wear pink, or­ange, green, you never see a black pair any more. I was given them when I was eight and I still wear Nike boots to­day. First kit? It was a New­cas­tle United home kit, the black and white stripes, and I think I still have it. I saved up some money when I was younger to buy the shirt and the shorts. And then my cousin gave me the socks to com­plete the kit. First pro­fes­sional game? It was for Brent­ford when I was 22 in the 2006-07 sea­son af­ter I’d played Non-League football at a few dif­fer­ent clubs like Staines and Wind­sor & Eton. I came on as a sub­sti­tute at the start of the sec­ond half against Black­pool and we won 1-0. My first start was a cou­ple of days later away at Northamp­ton and we won 1-0, but I didn’t end up play­ing in the sec­ond half of the sea­son and even­tu­ally moved to Fisher. First pro­fes­sional goal? It was in my first start for Yeovil in a 1-1 draw with Wal­sall. It was a tap-in, but I cel­e­brated as if it was a spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort from 30 yards! Ev­ery goal counts... First red card? I’ve never been sent off in my ca­reer and hope­fully I can keep that record. But I was booked 11 times last sea­son for Crawley!

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