Old­ham for­ward Jonathan Forte talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? It was a Sh­effield United game, but I couldn’t hon­estly tell you who it was against. I was prob­a­bly about seven years old be­cause it was just be­fore I started play­ing Sun­day league foot­ball – I must have watched the game and de­cided I would have a lit­tle bit of that! I went with my un­cle Des­mond. My cousins James and Gavin played for Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, but I was more of a United fan so we went to watch them. First foot­ball hero? John Barnes. He was un­be­liev­able and he was left-footed like me too – well, not left­footed, but he was bril­liant with both feet. A lit­tle later down the line it was Ryan Giggs, who was def­i­nitely left-footed! They were both great play­ers to watch and learn from as a kid. First pair of boots? They were some Adi­das World Cups, which were handed down from one of my cousins. They are five years and nine years older than me and Gavin played a cou­ple of games for Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, so I al­ways looked up to them a bit and got stuff handed down. I al­ways had World Cups and Copa Mun­di­als as a kid un­til I started get­ting flashy boots. Now I have got some of those new Nike Va­pors. First kit? This is con­tro­ver­sial as a United sup­porter, but it was a Sh­effield Wed­nes­day shirt! My dad Ron sup­ported Wed­nes­day and he bought it for me when I was about six or seven, a bit be­fore I went to that first game. I wore it proudly though – I didn’t re­ally have a clue back then! It was quite a while be­fore I got my first United shirt, prob­a­bly when I was about nine or ten, but when I signed for them I got a new one ev­ery year, so it wasn’t all bad. First pro­fes­sional game? That was for Sh­effield United away at Not­ting­ham For­est in the FA Cup, prob­a­bly third or fourth round, and I played against Des Walker. It was near the end of his ca­reer, but he was still a leg­end. I was on the bench, but I got a good half-hour. We won the game 3-0 and I played pretty well, so it was a good de­but all round. First pro­fes­sional goal? It was at Le­ices­ter away the fol­low­ing sea­son. If I re­mem­ber rightly it was just a tap-in, but I was still buzzing. We were los­ing the game and I pulled one back, but we lost it 3-2 in the end. I would say my most mem­o­rable goal so far is prob­a­bly the one in the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy fi­nal for Don­caster in 2007. I scored af­ter 45 sec­onds and we went on to win the game in ex­tra time.

First red card?

That was for Don­caster as well, against Swin­don. I scored quite late on in the first half, ran into the crowd and got my­self a yel­low card. And then in the last five min­utes I got a sec­ond book­ing for time wast­ing. It was a bit of a silly one, but at least we won the game!

CHILD­HOOD HERO: John Barnes

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