Scun­thorpe United striker Paddy Madden talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

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First game you watched live? My first English game was Stoke v Sh­effield Wed­nes­day in about 2005. I was over with a foot­ball team from Dublin I was play­ing for at the time, WFTA FC, and we were spon­sored by Stoke. It was 0-0, so that wasn’t great. But the first game I ever went to was the big Dublin derby, Bo­hemi­ans v Sham­rock Rovers, as a young kid. It’s the big­gest game in Ire­land and there was a bit of trou­ble so I re­mem­ber that! First foot­ball hero? Andy Cole. I used to be a mas­sive Man United fan and when I started watch­ing them all the time Andy Cole was scor­ing loads of goals. I still haven’t seen a bet­ter strike part­ner­ship than his with Dwight Yorke, but of the two of them I al­ways pre­ferred Cole. Later on I re­ally liked Roy Keane – I loved his at­ti­tude to the game – and Ruud van Nis­tel­rooy. First pair of boots? I got a pair of sil­ver Ron­aldo R9s when I was about five or six. I prob­a­bly had a cou­ple of pairs be­fore that but those were the ones that I re­ally re­mem­ber. Th­ese days I tend to wear Adidas F50s and I’m scor­ing a few goals in them so I can’t com­plain! First kit? That was a Man United shirt with Can­tona on the back when I was about seven – I think it was a blue strip. Most of my kits as a kid were Man United but I had a Stoke one from that time I went there, as well as Bay­ern Mu­nich and Barcelona. There was a bit of a col­lec­tion. First pro­fes­sional game? Back when I was at Bo­hemi­ans I came on for the last 15 min­utes against Cobh Ram­blers. As a young­ster at the club I had to wait a while to get used to the way they played but I fi­nally got my chance and we won the game 2-0. My first game on th­ese shores was for Carlisle, against Wal­sall, in early 2011. I came off the bench in that one too but we lost 3-1. First pro­fes­sional goal? About a year af­ter my Carlisle de­but I scored my first Foot­ball League goal against Yeovil – I just took the ball off some­one, went through and scored – but my first ever se­nior goal was back in Ire­land, for Shel­bourne. It was against Wex­ford Youth, when I was there on loan. A cross came into the box and I headed it in. It was a great feel­ing. First red card? I haven’t had a pro­fes­sional red card just yet and, fin­gers crossed, I can keep it that way for some time. I got sent off a few times back when I was at school but I’m clearly a bit more level-headed th­ese days!

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