Steve­nage mid­fielder Steven Schu­macher talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? I was just two years old and my dad Tommy took me to see Ever­ton – I re­mem­ber him say­ing he car­ried me. Ob­vi­ously I don’t re­mem­ber that but one game that does stick in my mind is the 1995 FA Cup semi­fi­nal at El­land Road. I was ten and Ever­ton beat Tot­ten­ham 4-1 – I re­mem­ber that per­fectly. First foot­ball hero? Early on it was Kevin Sheedy be­cause of his free-kicks – he had a great left foot. I re­mem­ber watch­ing videos of a game against Ip­swich when he scored a free-kick in the top left cor­ner. The ref­eree told him to re-take it and he put it in the other cor­ner! When I got a bit older it was Duncan Fer­gu­son, I re­mem­ber his header when we beat Liver­pool 2-0 and his goal against Man United when he took his shirt off. First pair of boots? I was al­ways an Adi­das World Cups man. I played for my first foot­ball team when I was six so it must have been around then. It was the Shev­ing­ton Park Un­der-9s – I was a lit­tle six-year-old but I was fear­less. First kit? One that sticks out was that white Ever­ton away kit with the navy blue pin­stripes. I would have had kits be­fore that but this one had my name and the num­ber eight on the back. I have al­ways played in mid­field, but I prob­a­bly should have tried to be a striker – that’s where the money is! First pro­fes­sional game? My de­but was for Carlisle against Lin­coln City – I was 19. We had some­one sent off af­ter 20 min­utes and they scored the re­sult­ing penalty. It was down­hill from there and we lost 2-0, so I wasn’t too happy with that. First pro­fes­sional goal? That was the very next game, against Hud­der­s­field in the cup. I scored a header and we won 2-0, so that was pretty good. I re­mem­ber it well, Craig Far­rell put in the cross. It’s funny how you re­mem­ber th­ese mo­ments from more than ten years ago. First red card? My first send­ing off was for Brad­ford City, against Black­pool. I got booked for a foul that should ac­tu­ally have gone the other way and the sec­ond yel­low was for crunch­ing one of my mates, Danny Coid. I didn’t plan it but I saw him on the ball and I couldn’t re­sist!

HERO: Duncan Fer­gu­son scored a mem­o­rable header against ri­vals Liver­pool

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