Steve­nage mid­fielder Char­lie Lee talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? I was about seven years old and went to watch West Ham ver­sus Kid­der­min­ster in the FA Cup fifth round. West Ham won 1-0. I went along with my Dad. He sup­ports West Ham, but I ob­vi­ously sup­port Steve­nage now! First foot­ball hero? I would say Roy Keane be­cause, at the time when I was grow­ing up, Manch­ester United were the team to watch and the best side around. He was eas­ily one of the best play­ers within that team and I liked the way he played. First pair of boots? That was ac­tu­ally a pair of bright yel­low Di­adora boots. They were un­be­liev­able. My mum bought them for me and I thought they were amaz­ing. I wish I still had them now. First kit? There are some pic­tures of me from when I was younger in a knit­ted West Ham kit. My nan had knit­ted it for me and I still have the pic­tures some­where. It was aw­ful. It just looked hor­ren­dous. Why you would knit a foot­ball kit and give it to a kid I do not know, but it is a funny and fond mem­ory. First pro­fes­sional game? When I was on loan at Mill­wall, I made my de­but against Don­caster. I was 19 at the time, so it was al­most a decade ago now. I was fill­ing in for Richard Shaw, who was in­jured. We drew 2-2 in the end, so I can’t com­plain about that for a de­but. First pro­fes­sional goal? I went to Peter­bor­ough the fol­low­ing sum­mer and scored against Ch­ester­field in the sec­ond league game of the sea­son. We lost 3-2, but I still re­mem­ber the goal well. I played a nice one-two and the ball went slightly wide. I man­aged to chase it down and hit it with the out­side of the white boots I was wear­ing at the time. The ball went in off the cross­bar. It was a beau­ti­ful goal to score as your first and I will never forget it. First red card? My first red card was against MK Dons in the play off semi-fi­nal at their place. It was a harsh red card – an aw­ful de­ci­sion. The ref­eree would prob­a­bly ad­mit now that it was not a sec­ond yel­low. Luck­ily, MK Dons went down to ten men as well and, even though we were 2-0 down, we man­aged to pull it back to 2-1. Then we won the sec­ond leg 2-0 and went on to get pro­moted. It still an­noys me, that send­ing off, but we got pro­moted, so it ended

well.

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