Ch­ester­field midfielder Ol­lie Banks talks us through his first football mem­o­ries.

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First game you watched live? I re­mem­ber this like it was yesterday. It was Liver­pool ver­sus Olympiakos at An­field – but not the fa­mous 3-1 vic­tory when Steven Ger­rard scored a screamer which was the cat­a­lyst for that in­cred­i­ble Cham­pi­ons League win in 2005. My first game was ac­tu­ally a less mem­o­rable 2-0 vic­tory for Liver­pool in 2000. My dad, Ian, is good friends with Gary McAl­lis­ter so, af­ter the game, I got to meet all of the play­ers like Ger­rard, Jamie Car­ragher and Michael Owen. First football hero? That was def­i­nitely David Beck­ham. I ad­mired ev­ery­thing about him – the way he was on and off the pitch. His pass­ing abil­ity and his cross­ing were in­cred­i­ble, his work-rate was amaz­ing and he was al­ways try­ing to bet­ter him­self. The way he also car­ried him­self off the pitch made him the model pro­fes­sional. First pair of boots? I had a few as a kid but my first proper pair were adi­das World Cups, when I was about six. I think you al­ways re­mem­ber your first pair of boots, and I’ve ac­tu­ally gone back to adi­das again this sea­son af­ter us­ing Nike last term. I had a fair amount of luck with them as a young­ster, so let’s hope for the same now! First kit? The first football shirt I owned was a New­cas­tle United one, but my first full kit was Real Madrid. My par­ents went over to Spain for a game and brought it back for me. I was over the moon. The all-white of Real is such an his­toric kit. First pro­fes­sional game? It was the stuff of dreams. I came on as a sub­sti­tute for Rother­ham in May 2011 against Torquay and scored in a 3-1 win. I re­mem­ber be­ing very ner­vous be­fore­hand. When I came on, I think there were only about ten min­utes left, but I could have scored a hat­trick. To add to the mem­o­ries, I ac­tu­ally came on for my cousin, Nicky Law! First pro­fes­sional goal? In the same game! Adam Le Fon­dre squeezed the ball through to me, past the full-back and cen­tre-half, and I was through one-on-one with the keeper. I chipped it over him, which, look­ing back now, wasn’t a good idea at the time so I’m glad I didn't miss! First red card? I was red-carded when I was play­ing for Scar­bor­ough against Brig­house about three years ago. It was for two book­ings but I felt they were both quite soft, es­pe­cially the sec­ond. It’s on my record now, though, so I guess I’ve got to live with it!

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