Crewe striker Ryan Lowe talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

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First game watched live? My fam­ily have al­ways been big Liver­pool fans, and so I was al­ways go­ing to be a Red. My dad, David, used to be a sea­son ticket holder and we trav­elled around Europe. I can’t ex­actly re­mem­ber my first game but it would have been at An­field. They had some of the greats back then, Kenny Dal­glish and John Barnes. I have seen some great games and when I fin­ish play­ing I would love to get back as much as pos­si­ble. I still go on Sun­days and Wed­nes­days when Crewe aren’t play­ing. First foot­ball hero? No sur­prises here, it’s of course Dal­glish. I was a young boy then and ev­ery­one wanted to be him. It might sound crazy but I think he was off the cuff, en­tirely nat­u­ral. Play­ers get coached so much now. But if you look at Lionel Messi, I don’t think he has ever been coached and look at how good he is. First foot­ball boots? I will al­ways re­mem­ber them, they were a pair of Quasar boots. I was play­ing for my Sun­day team, called the Four Swal­lows, and my dad was ob­sessed with good leather in foot­ball boots – he used to tell me to get them be­cause they were great! First foot­ball kit? It was a red Liver­pool one but back then I used to wear as many as I could – my dad used to get me loads! I re­mem­ber hav­ing a Leeds kit, and a Barcelona one too. I have a lot of shirts at home and I give them to my son Al­fie. He will never need to buy a kit! He is a foot­ball fa­natic at the minute! First pro­fes­sional game? I was a used sub­sti­tute when I first ar­rived at Shrews­bury and my first game was against Mac­cles­field in a 2-2 draw at Gay Meadow. I made a lot of sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances early on then and I did not mind be­cause I was just mak­ing my way in the game. I started when I was 20 and I was re­jected a lot back then but in the end I got a chance through Ever­ton strangely. They gave me a trial and they rec­om­mended me to Shrews­bury! I went down there and was of­fered a con­tract af­ter a week. First goal? My first goal was against Rochdale for Shrews­bury in a 7-1 win! It was a tap-in at the back stick. I got round the full-back and got on the end of a low cross across the box! When you have not been a pro­fes­sional player for very long then it is very nice to get a first goal and it was a big mo­ment for me. First red card? They say that peo­ple from Mersey­side are a lit­tle hot-headed and I am no dif­fer­ent – my first red was for a clash of heads. I was at Shrews­bury and we got rel­e­gated in the penul­ti­mate game of the sea­son against Carlisle. I will al­ways re­mem­ber it as I was brought on and one of their play­ers went right through me. He said a few choice words and I left one on his nose! The ref saw it and sent me off – I had only been on for ten min­utes...

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