foot­ball firsts

Grimsby mid­fielder Luke Sum­mer­field talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? Wow, that sends me back. I can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly, though I’m pretty sure it was a Shrews­bury Town game when my dad, Kevin, was play­ing. We watched him when­ever we could, but I would have been too young to re­mem­ber most of them.

First foot­ball hero? For me, it was al­ways my dad. He played a big role be­cause I looked up to him and he has al­ways been there to give me ad­vice. I was eight when he stopped play­ing, so I don’t re­mem­ber much of him on the pitch, but hav­ing your dad as a foot­baller was cool. I ben­e­fited a lot and it helped me pre­pare.

First foot­ball boots? I think it was a Gola pair, though they would have been very small! My mum was very good at mak­ing things last, so I had them for a long time. They def­i­nitely served me well. They were prob­a­bly smaller than my hands are now!

First kit? I can re­mem­ber it be­ing a Ply­mouth kit, but I don’t know what year. I used to love get­ting dif­fer­ent kits and I would get loads from other coun­tries when we went on hol­i­day. On the fi­nal day of the sea­son, I like to swap shirts with a few mates, if they are on the other team, but oth­er­wise I don’t get too many now.

First pro­fes­sional game? It was on the fi­nal day of the sea­son against Le­ices­ter when I started at Ply­mouth. I came off the bench when Bobby Wil­liamson put me on and it was a to­tal blur. I had dreamt of be­ing a foot­baller my whole life and to walk out on that pitch and re­alise it was amaz­ing.

First goal? It was Colch­ester away. It was my first start and my first goal, so that was an amaz­ing day. We won 1-0 on a Tues­day night. I have DVDs of it, so I re­mem­ber it well! A cross came in. I latched on to a clear­ing header on the edge of the box and chested and volleyed it in. It’ in my top five goals ever. It will al­ways stay with me. I was chucked in at the deep end with it be­ing my first start. I was told in the morn­ing and I could not wait, so for it to go like that was un­be­liev­able.

First red card? I have never had a red card! I have come close a few times and been told I am on my last warn­ing by ref­er­ees, so when that hap­pens I just stroll around for the fi­nal 15 or 20 min­utes try­ing not to get near any­body. It is not one of those things I think about or has ever af­fected me, but if the time is right and I need to bring a player down, then I will. Don’t worry about that! But so far I have never been in that po­si­tion. In one way I’m proud, but in another I will prob­a­bly be told off for not mak­ing enough tack­les!

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

HERO: Dad, Kevin

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