Rother­ham United mid­fielder Lee Freck­ling­ton talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

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First game you watched live? It was a Lin­coln game, I think the first one was against Manch­ester City in the League Cup – al­though I can’t re­mem­ber what year it was or what the score was (it was 1996-97 and Lin­coln won 4-1 – Ed). The first one I really re­mem­ber was when I went to watch Leeds v Coven­try. It was 1-0 and Rob­bie Keane scored. I went along with my old man, Craig, who was the one who really got me into foot­ball. Leeds were al­ways my team grow­ing up thanks to him – I was brought up on the glory days for the club and still have the 196575 DVD! Lin­coln were my home town club though, so they meant a lot to me as well. First foot­ball hero? Be­ing a Leeds fan, at the time, it was Harry Kewell. He was the best player in the team back then and the one I al­ways wanted to be. His skill on the ball was what made him spe­cial for me, tech­ni­cally he was just a very good player. First pair of boots? They were a pair of black and yel­low Adi­das ones, and it’s funny ac­tu­ally as just this week my daugh­ter Ara­bella found them and had them on. She’s three year­sold and they are a chil­dren’s size 12, and she was wear­ing them round the house hav­ing found them in a box. I’m pretty sure my mum bought them for me when I first started play­ing and I was try­ing to wear them in ev­ery day af­ter that for a while. First kit? Ev­ery Christ­mas I’d get the new Leeds kit that had come out, so my first kit would have been one of them, with Alan Smith as the first name on the back. Get­ting kits ev­ery year prob­a­bly stopped when I was about 14 and I started play­ing for Lin­coln my­self. First pro­fes­sional game? I re­mem­ber it well, it was an LDV Vans Tro­phy game for Lin­coln back in 2003. It was my first start and we won 3-1. I didn’t score in that but I re­mem­ber I man­aged 80 min­utes and really en­joyed it. We were play­ing Telford, who were in the Con­fer­ence, so we were the bet­ter team. That made it a good one to come in for and find my feet. First pro­fes­sional goal? That came away at Stock­port a couple of sea­sons later in 2005 when I had come on as a sub. We won 3-2 and it was the win­ning goal. I got put through one-on-one, but I shanked my shot a bit and it came back off the post, but for­tu­nately it fell straight back to me and I put it in. It was a bit of a lucky one to start me off, but it was a spe­cial feel­ing scor­ing for my home­town club. First red card? Away at Southamp­ton when I was play­ing for Peter­bor­ough, and it was af­ter 11 min­utes. Two tack­les, two yel­low cards, and I was off the pitch af­ter just 11 min­utes. So that was ob­vi­ously not the start I wanted, but the gaffer wasn’t too an­gry with me as he said nei­ther were yel­low cards.

MAD ABOUT HARRY: Lee Freck­ling­ton’s first hero was Leeds’ Harry Kewell

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