Wy­combe mid­fielder Joe Jacobson talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

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First game you watched live? I went to Wales v Ro­ma­nia, which was a qual­i­fier for the 1994 World Cup. It was a birth­day present and I re­mem­ber go­ing to school and my brother, Sam, came in to see me and said: “You’re get­ting taken to the game tonight.” Wales needed to win to qual­ify but lost 2-1. It was the night Eng­land beat San Marino 7-1 but that wasn’t enough to get them through ei­ther. First foot­ball hero? Prob­a­bly Ryan Giggs. Be­ing from Wales and grow­ing up as a left mid­fielder, I used to watch him on TV. I got given Ryan Giggs videos for Christ­mas and, in Wales, he was our only main player, win­ning ev­ery­thing with Manch­ester United. First pair of boots? If I re­mem­ber rightly, they were a pair of Reebok Sidewinders. They were just black, leather boots – you couldn’t get any­thing else then – but they had this yel­low light­ning bolt on them. I think Giggs had them at the time, which is why I wanted them. First kit? I was a bit of a Tot­ten­ham fan when I was younger and I re­mem­ber Jur­gen Klins­mann sign­ing for Spurs in 1994, I had the away kit. It was a pur­ple or pur­ple/navy­colour and I think the make was Pony. I had Klins­mann on the back, so that’s the first one I can prop­erly re­mem­ber. First pro­fes­sional game? It was my de­but for Cardiff, against Nor­wich. My fam­ily were Cardiff fans so it was al­ways my dream to play for them and I was very for­tu­nate I man­aged to progress through the youth sys­tem and to make my de­but, with all my fam­ily there. I came on to­wards the end of the game as a sub­sti­tute and we lost 1-0. It was to­wards the end of the sea­son so I don’t think the game re­ally mat­tered too much, but for me it was un­be­liev­able. First pro­fes­sional goal? I don’t get many so I like to re­mem­ber them! I was on loan at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, aged about 19 or 20, and I man­aged to score a free kick in a 3-3 draw away at Mac­cles­field, so that was an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence as well. I never re­ally scored too many goals, even in youth teams, so to score a pro­fes­sional goal was an awe­some feel­ing. First red card? I’ve only had one. I was on loan at Ac­cring­ton again a few sea­sons later and it was in the League Two play-offs. I over­lunged for a tackle and didn’t think I had caught the guy too much, but he went down and their play­ers all ran in, which you sort of ex­pect nowa­days. The ref gave me a straight red. It’s not a nice feel­ing – es­pe­cially as it was on TV. You know you’ve got friends and fam­ily all watch­ing. The funny thing was that I got into the chang­ing room and sat down a bit un­happy with my­self when Sean McConville walked in. He was sent off in the af­ter­math, so there were the two of us look­ing at each other think­ing ‘Well, what’s gone on here?’

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