foot­ball firsts

For­mer Not­ting­ham For­est, and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day mid­fielder David Prut­ton shares his foot­ball me­mories

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First match? I re­mem­ber go­ing to Villa Park with my Sun­day league team, Hessle Rangers. We had very good seats right next to the goal, but I have no idea who they played. David Platt was play­ing for Villa at the time. We went on the coach and my mum was lis­ten­ing to a Walk­man and singing her head off. It was very ex­cit­ing. The noise and smell of the place was amaz­ing. I lived in Hull, so I went to watch them a bit when they were in the third tier, but other than that I did not re­ally fol­low a team. First hero? It would have been Diego Maradona. I had an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal video, which was phe­nom­e­nal to watch. It was well-worn by the time I got to it and, when I was in the play­ground, I was able to drib­ble round ev­ery­one and smash it in the top cor­ner – which has not hap­pened much since! Play­ers like him don’t ex­ist now. First boots? I re­mem­ber hav­ing a pair of Pony boots – pony in name and description! I took them to Keele Univer­sity for a week­long foot­ball camp, which fea­tured Joe Cole. The other pair were some Ar­row boots, which David Platt wore. I lost nine studs the first time I wore them and my dad sent me back out to find them. First kit? I had some form of hand-me-down and I think it was a Liver­pool one. But, for Christ­mas one year, I got a Hull City shirt which looked like a tiger. The most im­pres­sive part about the de­sign was that some­one bought it! First game? It was for Not­ting­ham For­est away at Bris­tol City. My dad, Barry, came down when I told him I was play­ing. I started. We had a few in­juries and a mate of mine Kevin Doyle (not the striker) suf­fered a hor­ror in­jury. It was a ‘Slid­ing Doors’ mo­ment be­cause he was ahead of me. I was chucked in and Dougie Freed­man said it was one of the best de­buts he’d seen be­cause I slot­ted straight in. First goal? That was away at Crewe later that sea­son – it was a tapin from just out­side the six-yard box. I re­mem­ber it be­cause it was whipped in and I did not have much time to think about it. If I’d had the time, I would have leaned back and put it on the rail­way line! First red card? It was two yel­lows for For­est at Wolves. It was a re­ally edgy game and we kicked the ball out for an in­jury, but Michael Branch got it back and scored. It in­censed goal­keeper Dave Beas­ant so much that he booted the ball out of the ground and chased Branch round the pitch. It was com­i­cal. When I was sent out, (as­sis­tant man­ager) Dennis Booth came down and said I had got to keep hold of my tem­per – ob­vi­ously ad­vice I took no no­tice of! I am not a hard man or dirty player. I just en­joyed the phys­i­cal side of the game. The red against Ar­se­nal for shov­ing the ref (Alan Wi­ley) is a fa­mous one and I was banned for

ten matches...

Foot­ball hero: Diego Maradona

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