Southend’s on-loan for­ward Ty­rone Bar­nett talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? I went to see As­ton Villa play against Leeds United when I was a kid. I was a big Villa fan, so it was re­ally ex­cit­ing see­ing my team play up close for the first time. The de­tails are a bit of a blur, but I re­mem­ber Dwight Yorke was play­ing. It was in­cred­i­ble to see a player like that in ac­tion. First foot­ball hero? Les Fer­di­nand. My aunt Bar­bara used to say that me and him have a bit of a re­sem­blance, which I still can’t see my­self. But, with me be­ing a striker, he was the kind of player I looked up to when I was younger. First boots? I got a pair of Di­ado­ras when I was about ten or 11. My mum, Bev­er­ley, bought them for me and they were the best present I could have asked for. It was a great feel­ing to open the box and put them on for the first time. First kit? That was a Manch­ester United kit. It was an old one, with the ‘Sharp’ logo at the front but noth­ing on the back. It ac­tu­ally be­longed to a mate of mine, called Wes­ley, but he gave it to me and I fell in love with it. I sup­pose that’s why I have a bit of a soft spot for United to this day, even though I’m a Villa fan. First pro­fes­sional game? I re­mem­ber that very well. I was 24 years old, play­ing for Mac­cles­field Town af­ter mov­ing from Hednesford Town in the sum­mer. It was the first game of the sea­son, against Steve­nage, so I was feel­ing re­ally ner­vous as I had very high ex­pec­ta­tions of my­self to per­form, now that I was a pro­fes­sional. But, once I got on to the pitch and scored a goal, the nerves started to set­tle. First pro­fes­sional goal? The same game – I scored on my de­but! I was feel­ing re­ally ner­vous un­til the ball fell to me in a shoot­ing po­si­tion. I just swung my leg to­wards goal and, when I saw it hit the back of the net, my nerves went just like that

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