foot­ball firsts

Former Bris­tol City and Black­burn de­fender Bradley Orr shares his foot­ball mem­o­ries

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First match? I think it was the fa­mous Liver­pool game against Not­ting­ham For­est when they beat them 5-0 in 1988 and John Barnes scored that out­ra­geous goal. That is the pro­fes­sional game I can remember. We used to go to An­field quite a lot, but my dad played Non­League foot­ball so it meant we could only re­ally go in mid­week. Foot­ball hero? That was John Barnes (below), def­i­nitely. At the time he was one of, if not the best, play­ers in the league and even Europe. He used to skip past de­fend­ers and score great goals – or set up great goals. He was one of those play­ers who was very easy on the eye and I used to love watch­ing him. It was a great era for Liver­pool. They used to have some amaz­ing play­ers, like Ian Rush and Peter Beard­s­ley. First boots? I think they were a pair of Puma Kings when I was a young kid, maybe seven or eight years old. We used to get ex­cited about new boots as kids, but they come out ev­ery cou­ple of months now, don’t they? One pair used to come out each sea­son which ev­ery­one wanted. If you got them, you were the bees knees. First kit? My first kit was a Liver­pool one from about 1987. That is the first I can re­mem- ber. I did not have many kits. It was one ev­ery two years. If you were lucky, you got an away one, too! It was a far cry from to­day. First game? My de­but was against Wi­gan for Burn­ley in the Cham­pi­onship. I had a loan spell there. It was a 0-0 draw and I came off the bench for five or ten min­utes. It was a spe­cial day and what I had al­ways dreamed about. Af­ter all the hard work which goes in as a young kid, it was a re­lief to fi­nally get out on the pitch. I had a foot on the lad­der, al­beit on the bot­tom rung, but I was on the way to be­com­ing what I wanted to be and it was very spe­cial. I was sup­posed to be there for three months, but I was re­called af­ter a month be­cause New­cas­tle had in­juries and I did not get a game! First goal? That was for Bris­tol City against Yeovil Town in the league a cou­ple of years af­ter my de­but. We won 2-1 and that was the first goal of the game. It was a cross-cum-shot that looped over their goal­keeper and it was great! Be­ing a de­fender meant I did not score many, but it was a fan­tas­tic feel­ing. I was not original with my cel­e­bra­tion. High­fives and hug­ging! My favourite goal was when we got pro­moted into the Cham­pi­onship at City and I scored at Carlisle at a time when ev­ery point was vi­tal. First red card? I think it was against Northamp­ton Town away, live on Sky. It was not ac­tu­ally for a foul. I went head to head with my cen­tre-half, Louis Carey. We

had a dis­agree­ment and we are both fiery char­ac­ters, so it hap­pened. We are ac­tu­ally good friends, but we got at each other and the ref­eree, for some strange rea­son, showed me a red card! It was a night­mare but we did win. I got stick af­ter­wards but it did not hin­der our sea­son.

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