Mill­wall striker Steve Mori­son talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First game you watched live? That was Spurs v Liver­pool at White Hart Lane as they were the big­gest lo­cal team to me in Enfield. But I was al­ways a Liver­pool fan. I went along to the match with my uncle, but I don’t re­mem­ber the score. It was that long ago! I re­mem­ber my uncle tak­ing me and it was £25 a ticket in those days. First foot­ball hero? Def­i­nitely Alan Shearer. He was the best goalscorer in the coun­try when I was grow­ing up and you al­ways keep an eye on the best. I haven’t tried to base my play on him or any­thing like that, though, as he was that good! I just kept an eye on the best and at the time it hap­pened to be him. First boots? They were a New Bal­ance pair, with the big white tongue. I’ve ac­tu­ally got rid of them now, though. You hear of a lot of peo­ple who keep them around and things like that, but I’m not re­ally sen­ti­men­tal in that way. I’m the type of per­son where, if I don’t need them, I’ll get rid of them. I still get through a fair few boots now. First kit? It was a Liver­pool one. My dad was a Man United fan and I wanted to sup­port a team, so I chose Liver­pool, prob­a­bly my re­bel­lious na­ture then! My dad used to ac­tu­ally buy me a Liver­pool shirt for both birth­day and Christ­mas, which was nice of him. It was a case of that was what I wanted for Christ­mas, so no prob­lem. I didn’t re­ally care about where I was liv­ing, I just picked a side I liked and went from there. It wasn’t a lo­cal team but I didn’t re­ally care about that side of things. I just play! First pro­fes­sional game? Against Cam­bridge United in 2002 for Northamp­ton Town. I came on as a sub in the last game of the sea­son in a 2-2 draw. It was a lo­cal derby, so I think it was a re­ward for do­ing well that year. It was my first sea­son in full-time foot­ball and it was a mas­sive achieve­ment, I was re­leased from Spurs and on trial at clubs for a cou­ple of years. I ac­tu­ally worked in a restau­rant for a bit in be­tween, so to know I made it was a great feel­ing. First pro­fes­sional goal? It was for Northamp­ton against Ply­mouth in 2003. It was the sea­son af­ter my de­but and it was a great feel­ing. I re­mem­ber it well. It was a shot that came off the post and, thank­fully, I was there to put it in. I ac­tu­ally don’t re­mem­ber the feel­ing be­ing too dif­fer­ent to nor­mal. It was a hell of a long time ago. As a striker, I just kept be­ing in the right place at the right time and was re­warded. Even when not play­ing reg­u­larly you never lose that. First red card? That was for Steve­nage against Wok­ing. It was noth­ing but hand­bags and I was ac­cused of a head­butt. It was a strange one as any­one who knows me knows I’d never do that. I couldn’t re­ally be­lieve it, but I had to re­mem­ber that these things do hap­pen. Hand­bags oc­cur quite a lot in foot­ball so thank­fully there isn’t a red for ev­ery time that oc­curs!

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