foot­ball firsts

For­mer Wy­combe and Mill­wall de­fender Danny Senda shares his foot­ball mem­o­ries

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First game watched live? The first match was a Wat­ford one be­cause they used to give tick­ets out to lo­cal school kids. I was very young, so I don’t re­mem­ber it ex­actly, but I do re­mem­ber my first Tot­ten­ham game at White Hart Lane. I re­mem­ber walk­ing into the ground and tak­ing it all in – it’s an amaz­ing place. They played Swin­don Town and I went with my dad, Reg, and my best mate, Joe. My dad is a huge Spurs and he still goes ev­ery week. Foot­ball hero? Paul Gas­coigne. He was just a ma­gi­cian. My dad bought me a video of him from when he was at New­cas­tle and I must have worn it out. I watched it so much. He was just an in­cred­i­ble player. He was so be­fore his time, cer­tainly in Eng­land. We just did not have any­one like him at all. First boots? I think it was a pair of Mitre boots my dad bought me. The first pair as a young player were Puma Kings. If you had a pair of them, you were do­ing all right be­cause they cost a for­tune. When my dad got me those, I thought I must have been half-de­cent at foot­ball! When I went to Southamp­ton, we were told there was an Aladdin’s cave of boots and to help our­selves, so I never looked back. First kit? That would have been a Spurs baby-gro. The first kit I re­ally loved and my mum could never get me out of was the 1991 FA Cup fi­nal kit, which Gazza scored in. That is the one that re­ally stands out. I used to have the lot, shirt, shorts and socks. Pro­fes­sional de­but? I made my de­but against Old­ham at Adams Park for Wy­combe. I came on with about 15 min­utes to go and it was just a blur, but it was, with­out ques­tion, one of the most mag­i­cal days of my life. Lawrie Sanchez was the man­ager then. The day be­fore, I’d been told to train with the first team, then the next day I was in the squad, and then play­ing. My heart burst out of my chest! Lawrie was great. I trav­elled all over the coun­try with the first team and got to play at places like Manch­ester City. That set me up for a great ca­reer. First goal? That came against Wrex­ham, the sea­son af­ter my de­but. We were 2-1 up, but they were putting us un­der all kinds of pres­sure. I think there were five min­utes left when the ball bounced up on the edge of the box. I re­mem­ber think­ing I would ei­ther score, or miss and have a breather! Luck­ily, I smashed it into the bot­tom cor­ner. It was an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing – I did not know what to do! First red card? That came a cou­ple of sea­sons af­ter, away to QPR. Af­ter break­ing into the Wy­combe team, a few of us young lads started to get a lit­tle bit big for our boots. I was pretty ill-dis­ci­plined for a few weeks. There was a late tackle by Jason Cousins and I got in­volved in the af­ter­math. I re­mem­ber being on my hands and knees say­ing to the ref ‘you can’t do this’. They are not fond mem­o­ries. I learned a lot then and calmed down from there.

MA­GI­CIAN: Paul Gas­coigne

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