Bar­net winger Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? You do know I’m 33, right? That tests my mem­ory! I am a Spurs fan, so it must have been a game at White Hart Lane, prob­a­bly against Crystal Palace, but that is a wild guess. I used to go with my cousins or my mates quite a lot. My old man and my el­dest cousin are all Spurs fans, so I fol­lowed in their foot­steps. I was prob­a­bly about 13 or 14 when I first went. First foot­ball hero? That would be the Brazil­ian Ron­aldo. When he was at Barcelona, he was un­playable so I wanted to be like him – ob­vi­ously I have fallen well short! He was the phe­nom­e­non. Those that know foot­ball will not for­get him. He is, for me, one of the best three ever. I could not say who was bet­ter be­tween him and Lionel Messi, but I would put him ahead of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo. He had so much nat­u­ral abil­ity, whereas Cris­tiano worked on it. I used to look for­ward to watch­ing him ev­ery week­end when I was a kid. First foot­ball boots? I had a pair of the Puma Kings and a pair of dif­fer­ent coloured Lot­tos. The Puma Kings were the boots that ev­ery­one wore and I must have bought six or seven pairs. First kit? It was def­i­nitely that old Tot­ten­ham Hol­sten-spon­sored kit from a long time ago. It was yel­low and made by Um­bro. I did not get many kits when I was younger, but I used to love that and the white one from the same year. I ro­tated them. I did not bother with Eng­land ones – I have never been into those. First pro­fes­sional game? I went on loan to Ley­ton Ori­ent for three months in 2002 and it was very suc­cess­ful. It was against Rochdale away and I was 19 at the time. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I learned a lot from that spell. We lost 1-0 on the day, but it tough­ened me up. First pro­fes­sional goal? That would have been while I was at Ley­ton Ori­ent. The first goal I re­mem­ber scor­ing was at home to QPR. It was a League Cup game. I was also play­ing against my mate, Danny Shittu, who was also on loan from Charl­ton. I played up front against him. He’s a de­fender so it was great to get the bet­ter of him! First red card? I have not had many dur­ing my ca­reer, but my first was when I was at Barns­ley against Bris­tol City away in

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