For­mer Peter­bor­ough striker Aaron McLean talks us through his foot­ball mem­o­ries

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

First match? I went to watch a Chelsea match af­ter train­ing with the academy. It was in 1993 when I was 10. I used to go with some of the other play­ers and we could sit and watch the games but I can­not re­mem­ber ex­actly which match it was. I also be­came a ball boy while I was at the academy. I re­mem­ber my first match as a ball boy was against Manch­ester United. It was pretty sur­real! First hero? Ian Wright. I loved his move­ment in the box and fin­ish­ing abil­ity. I’ve met him a few times since and I know his sons quite well. He’s a great guy and I learned a lot from him. I also as­pired to be like Alan Shearer. He scored such a wide range of goals – head­ers, vol­leys, tap-ins, he was the ul­ti­mate striker. First boots? They were a pair of black Mitre boots. They weren’t the nicest boots in the world but they were the first pair my mother bought me so I re­mem­ber them. They weren’t bril­liant but they did a job. First kit? I had a Black­burn Rovers shirt but then I had a few Chelsea shirts as well. Chelsea was the team I sup­ported as a kid and the only rea­son be­hind the Black­burn kit was be­cause I loved Alan Shearer. The first kit I bought my­self was a Borus­sia Dort­mund shirt. I bought it while on tour with Chelsea in the late 90s and it was lu­mi­nous yel­low and black. I was 14 at the time and I used to wear it ev­ery time I played foot­ball with my friends. First game? My first game was against Read­ing in the Foot­ball League Tro­phy in 1999 when I came on as a sub­sti­tute for Ley­ton Ori­ent. I had been train­ing with the first team for quite a while so I was rar­ing to go but mak­ing my first ap­pear­ance for Ori­ent was scary. I came on in the sec­ond half and the gaffer Tommy Tay­lor told me to get on and run around, which is ex­actly what I did! I don’t think I did an aw­ful lot but to get out there was amaz­ing. First goal? It was against Shrews­bury away from home with Ori­ent the fol­low­ing sea­son (2000-01). We were los­ing 1-0 and then I scored a div­ing header and we got a 1-1 draw in the end. I was ab­so­lutely buzzing! It was a cold and wet night at their old sta­dium, Gay Meadow, and I was just so ex­cited to get my first goal. Once I scored I did a Jur­gen Klins­mann cel­e­bra­tion, slid­ing across the grass on my front. The kits were a lot big­ger then so when I got up my shirt was soak­ing wet. The kit be­came so baggy but I don’t re­gret it at all. I’ve gone for the Klins­mann a cou­ple of times since but I stick to the knee slide more of­ten as you don’t get as dirty! First red card? I’ve only ever had one and it was away to Ex­eter with Alder­shot in the Con­fer­ence in 2004. It was two yel­lows and both were late tack­les but, to be hon­est, I don’t think either were book­ings. I al­ways thought I was pretty good at tack­ling but it was one of those days I was just a yard off it. I’ve never made that mis­take since.

FIRST HERO: Ian Wright

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