Gillingham cap­tain Doug Loft talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? That was Manch­ester United v Wim­ble­don. It was when Wim­ble­don were still in the Pre­mier League back in 1996. It was the first game of the sea­son, Man United won 3-0 and David Beck­ham scored that incredible goal from the half­way line, which was amaz­ing to watch. First foot­ball hero? David Beck­ham. When I was young he was just com­ing onto the scene and through the ranks. I fol­lowed him through his ca­reer as I liked him from a young age. He just con­tin­ued to progress and I think he was one of the best play­ers to watch – def­i­nitely my first foot­ball hero. First pair of boots? I think I got a pair of Pa­trick’s as my first boots, but they were not my favourite pair. My favourites were the first Adi­das Preda­tors. They were great boots. I was quite young – maybe about seven or eight – and when I put them on for the first time I thought they were amaz­ing. First kit? That was ac­tu­ally a Liver­pool one. The spon­sor on the front was Candy – that is how long ago it was! They had that from 1988-1991 back when Kenny Dal­gish was man­ager. I am not even a Liver­pool fan so I can­not even tell you why I had that as a first kit. It must have been in a sale or some­thing! First pro­fes­sional game? It was to­wards the end of the 2005-06 sea­son for Brighton & Hove Al­bion. It was at home to Pre­ston North End and my favourite mem­ory from the game was just com­ing onto the pitch. I think I only played for about five min­utes, as I came on as a sub­sti­tute, and we drew the game 0-0 but it was an amaz­ing feel­ing to be play­ing for them. First pro­fes­sional goal? My first goal came in the same sea­son – I only played a hand­ful of games but I did get a goal against Stoke City. We lost 5-1 and I scored the only goal for our side. I re­mem­ber it well, as I man­aged to knock the ball over Michael Du­berry’s head and volleyed it into the cor­ner. It was a great first goal to score. First red card? That was when I played at Port Vale. We were play­ing against Brad­ford and I was sent off for a nasty tackle on Ricky Raven­hill. It was in the last minute of the game, or maybe even in in­jury time. It was quite frus­trat­ing to be sent off in the

last minute as I had played the whole 90. We drew 00 so luck­ily enough it didn’t change the out­come of the match, oth­er­wise that would have made the send­ing off slightly worse.

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