York City’s Josh Car­son talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? My first game was at Old Traf­ford watch­ing Manch­ester United against Liver­pool. I went with my dad, Glynn. I was there to see Rio Fer­di­nand score with a header in the last minute against Liver­pool back in 2006. I re­ally en­joyed go­ing to Old Traf­ford and I of­ten went with my dad to watch the big games, like the ones against Chelsea, Arse­nal or Manch­ester City. First foot­ball hero? I al­ways wanted to play like Ge­orge Best when I was grow­ing up be­cause my dad loved him and al­ways told me about how good he was. I also liked Roy Keane a lot. He’s a Manch­ester United leg­end, and was al­ways re­ally pas­sion­ate. I liked his fe­ro­cious style of play and he was a real gen­eral of the United midfield. First pair of boots? Adi­das Preda­tors. They were bought for me as a birth­day present one year and I loved them. I had a pair of the black and red ones that play­ers like Zine­dine Zi­dane and David Beck­ham used to wear. First kit? It was the black and gold Manch­ester United kit with the ‘Sharp’ spon­sor on the front. I would have been about three or four when I had that and I was too young to re­mem­ber who bought it for me, but I’d imag­ine it was a birth­day or Christ­mas present. I also had a few Tot­ten­ham kits grow­ing up. There weren’t any Spurs fans in my fam­ily. I just took a fancy to their kits for a while be­fore chang­ing back to the Manch­ester United ones! First pro­fes­sional game played in? It was Ip­swich against Scun­thorpe at Port­man Road. We won 2-0. I started the game and played about 70 min­utes be­fore be­ing subbed. I thought I played pretty well, but I had a bit of first-game nerves. First pro goal? It was for Ip­swich against Crys­tal Palace at Port­man Road in my third game for the club, so it was nice to get one so early in my pro­fes­sional ca­reer. I took the ball up the right-hand side and tried to take on the full-back. I saw a bit of space, so I hit it and the ball went into the top left cor­ner of the goal – it felt great. We ended up win­ning 2-1 and I ac­tu­ally scored them both, so they were equally im­por­tant goals. First red card? I’ve never ac­tu­ally had a red card in my pro­fes­sional ca­reer, though I have put in a few nasty tack­les in the past. Per­haps I should have had one or two. I’ve def­i­nitely got away with a few dodgy tack­les in

my time!

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