Fleetwood Town striker Jamie Proctor talks us through his football memories.
First game you watched live? It was a Preston North End game. I used to go every week with my dad Mick and my uncle John from the age of about seven or eight. It was always a great place to go. At that time Preston were a really good side and had just been promoted from League One and were going for promotion into the Premier League. First football hero? The strikers at Preston North End during that period, so Jon Macken and then David Healy. Jon Macken was the best striker we had around that time and I looked up to him. I got to meet him a few times as I was mascot at Preston for a couple of matches, and then later he was on the Barnsley bench for a game against them, so I had a few words with him afterwards, although I obviously didn’t tell him he was my hero. First pair of boots? Champagne Adidas Predators that David Beckham had. I couldn’t wait to get them on every day for training and I made sure I looked after them – and so did my mum because at that point my parents were paying for my boots. First kit? It was a Preston kit as when you were a mascot you used to get a free one. I was probably about seven or eight at the time and I never wanted to take it off. My mum couldn’t get me out of football kits growing up. First professional game? Away to Reading on the final day of the 2009-10 season for Preston. We got hammered 4-1, so it was a special day for me personally but a bad day for the team. The result did sour the day a little bit but I am still proud to have made my debut for the club I supported when I look back. First professional goal? My first was against Watford in the Championship in 2011 and once again it was on the final day of the season, although this time it was a different outcome as we beat them 3-1. It was great to score at Deepdale in front of my family and friends. It was a special moment for me. First red card? Last season at Cambridge. I had only just returned from suspension for collecting yellow cards and then I went and got a three-match ban. I retaliated and the referee saw it fit to send me off. Of course I disagreed with him, but I want to make sure there is not a repeat of that in the future.