foot­ball firsts

Bur­ton Al­bion striker Stu­art Beavon talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? I went to watch my dad, Stu­art, in the Si­mod Cup fi­nal in 1988. I must have been about four, so I don’t re­mem­ber any of it, but he was play­ing for Read­ing against Lu­ton. They won 4-1 and he scored a penalty. He went on to Northamp­ton af­ter that and I used to watch him all the time. As I got older, I started to give him a bit of stick! First foot­ball hero? Paul Gas­coigne (pic

tured). I just loved the way he played. He was a bril­liant player, an en­ter­tainer and a great char­ac­ter, too. Al­most ev­ery game he played he was head and shoul­ders above ev­ery­one else on the pitch. I grew up want­ing to play like him and in his po­si­tion, just be­hind the strik­ers. First pair of boots? My first ones were a pair of Pa­tricks that my dad bought me. I was prob­a­bly about five and I was al­ways nag­ging him to get a pair. I think they were the ones he wore, so he got me some of them, too. Like father, like son! First kit? I am a Chelsea fan now, but when I was a young kid I used to sup­port Manch­ester United and my first kit was one of theirs. It was a red home kit, around the same time I got the boots. I sup­ported them for quite a long time, but my Un­cle Peter was a big Chelsea fan and, when I got a bit older, he used to take me to some of the game. I ended up switch­ing al­le­giances when I was 12. First pro­fes­sional game? I was at Wey­mouth and I joined Wy­combe in Fe­bru­ary 2009, when I was 25. I made my de­but against Rother­ham. It is a bit of a blur, but I re­mem­ber play­ing in a shirt that was large and I was tiny. I came off the bench with about half an hour to go and we ended up draw­ing 0-0, but I thought I had done all right. First pro­fes­sional goal? That didn’t ar­rive un­til early the fol­low­ing sea­son, against Hartle­pool. It was a good game and a tight one. I scored early in the se­cond half to put Wy­combe ahead. It was from about 25 yards as well – a low shot into the bot­tom cor­ner. I didn’t know what to do af­ter­wards, but it was a spe­cial feel­ing. It was a shame it wasn’t a win­ner, though, be­cause they equalised later. First red card? I got sent off a cou­ple of sea­sons ago when I was play­ing for Pre­ston, against Bar­net in the FA Cup. We ac­tu­ally won the game 6-0 but, typ­i­cal striker, the ball went across my body and I slid in dan­ger­ously. I didn’t touch the lad, but when he saw the ref look­ing over he went down! I’ve only had one more since then – I used to have a bit of a gob on me, but I’ve calmed right down now.

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