Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge de­fender Ny­ron Nos­wor­thy talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries.

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? I went to Crys­tal Palace v Bolton when I was about 13. I was an Arse­nal fan, but they were my lo­cal club. I was play­ing for the dis­trict team at the time and they had a load of free tick­ets, so I went along. Palace won 2-1, Chris Arm­strong and John Salako were play­ing and pulled the strings and I just re­mem­ber watch­ing those two. They were the fans’ favourites. First foot­ball hero? Ian Wright, just like ev­ery other Arse­nal fan my age prob­a­bly. I used to have a t-shirt with “Wrighty” on that I would wear when I played foot­ball in the park. He was Mr Arse­nal, so we loved him, but I also ap­pre­ci­ated the back­ground he came from too and that he came into foot­ball a bit late. I think he’s a good pun­dit now as well. He is very hon­est and straight to the point when he speaks. First pair of boots? I had my dad Paul’s Puma Kings. They were about two sizes too big, but I still man­aged to play quite well. When he could see I

was al­right he bought me a pair that ac­tu­ally fit­ted. I still re­mind him about that now. First kit? It was a very old Arse­nal home shirt. It was handed down to me rather than brand new, but I loved it. It had num­ber nine on the back, which I guess must have been Alan Smith. First pro­fes­sional game? I got subbed on and subbed off again on my de­but. I was play­ing for Gillingham against Ful­ham, we won 2-1 and I came on af­ter about ten min­utes. Tony Pulis was the man­ager then and he took me off late in the game for tac­ti­cal rea­sons. I had ac­tu­ally played quite well and he made sure I knew he was happy with me. The lad that came on for me ended up set­ting up the win­ner, so it was the right call. First pro­fes­sional goal? For Gillingham against Scun­thorpe on a Tues­day night: it was a nice com­posed fin­ish through the goal­keeper’s legs. We won 4-1. I haven’t scored many in my ca­reer, but my favourite goal was ac­tu­ally when I scored two against Crys­tal Palace. We got our high­est ever fin­ish in the Cham­pi­onship that year, so it was good to say I played a part at both ends! First red card? I have only ever been sent off once. It was against Wolves, for Gillingham, and I was the last man at the back back. It was a pro­fes­sional foul, just one of those things. I knew that I had to take a chance and make the tackle, but I just caught the guy.

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