foot­ball firsts

Former Burn­ley and Bury keeper Brian Jensen talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

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First game you watched live? The first game I re­mem­ber was Den­mark against the USSR in 1980. Every­one used to gather round to watch the na­tional team. I think we lost the game, but we used to watch Den­mark all the time. My first live game was at a small semi-pro­fes­sional team in Noreb­bro, Copen­hagen, but I can­not re­mem­ber the re­sult. First foot­ball hero? A big in­spi­ra­tion in Den­mark for ev­ery­body is Peter Sch­me­ichel. As a goal­keeper, he’s the per­son I would al­ways look up to in my ca­reer. The way he played for the na­tional team and what he did at Manch­ester United was an in­spi­ra­tion. I was lucky enough to meet him, too. He was awe­some. It was a big hon­our. First pair of boots? I never had flashy boots grow­ing up. I didn’t want them, play­ing in goal. The first pair of boots I can re­mem­ber were a pair of Adi­das Co­bras. They were a good pair of nice leather boots, which lasted a long time. We needed some­thing like those to play in all kinds of weather. First kit? The first kit I can re­mem­ber was an out­field kit of Den­mark’s. It was a kit de­signed for the World Cup in Mex­ico. I think it was Den­mark’s first World Cup, so every­one was very ex­cited. But the kit is one of the ugli­est I’ve ever seen. It was red on one side and then had pep­per­mint stripes on the other. It didn’t look very good, but every­one bought one be­cause of the buzz of be­ing at the World Cup. First pro­fes­sional game? I played for AZ Alk­maar in the Netherlands and it turned out to be my last game for the club as well. We played against Maas­tricht in the league. It fin­ished 3-2 in the end and it was quite en­ter­tain­ing. I was quite ner­vous be­fore the match but just stayed fo­cused and in the zone. I tried not to think about any­thing else but the game it­self. First pro­fes­sional penalty save? I re­mem­ber it was a special match against Wolves in the Car­ling Cup in 2004. I saved a penalty from Carl Cort and then an­other from Keith An­drews. It was a crazy game. We won the match on penal­ties in the end. But I think my most mem­o­rable penalty saves came against Chelsea, also in the Car­ling Cup, in 2009. I saved from Wayne Bridge and John Obi Mikel and we won the shoot-out. First red card? I’ve had only one red card in my ca­reer, against Lu­ton Town in 2005. I han­dled the ball out­side the box. It was de­lib­er­ate, to be fair. But the worst part was we had to put an out­field player in goal for the re­main­der of the game. It was John Spicer who took up the gloves and I don’t think he was very happy about it.

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FIRST HERO: Peter Sch­me­ichel

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