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John Lavery

If my memory serves me right it was 1986 and I was a sub for The Pleasant Inn ( Blackley) versus Newton Heath United in a Blackley league game. It was on the pitch running parallel to Lightbowne Road, right where FC United of Manchester have built their new stadium. It has many memories for me, firstly the obvious history in the name of Newton Heath United (whom I remember some years before, used to play on Newton Heath Loco, the original pitch with its railway sleepers for standing on). Anyhow the Sunday morning we went on to win the game with a record score at the time of 26 - 1, my abiding memory though was Newton Heath insisting on playing with only the 8 men that turned up to play for them that day, Just lads wanting to play the game they love. Happy days.

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Anon

Winning three times in a row

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David

All the tops were on back to front!

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Wes Fletcher

I scored a lot of goals in the youth team

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Russell Penn

My debut was actually against York in 2005, it was so tiring - physically and mentally. Steve Bull (Wolves) is my favourite player, and my favourite memory other than my debut has to be either Tottenham Hostpur away in the FA Cup - it was a sell out, or going to Wembley twice. Or scoring past Tim Howard against Everton in the FA Cup - lots of stand out games.

 

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Bradley Halliday

Hard work got me signed professionally

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Michael Coulson

Playing in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

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Bobby Olejnik

Winning the JPT trophy at Wembley was a big moment

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Tom Platt

The weather and pitch were awful in my debut

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Michael Ingham

My international caps and trips to Wembley stand out to me

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Keith Lowe

My stand out memory is the JPT Final at the Millennium Stadium for Swansea

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Luke Summerfield

My debut match for York City

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Tom Fleet

Scoring a screamer

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Mayor Councillor Barry Curran

My grandfather played in the last 'gateman' match in 1910

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Cameron Coulson

Hat trick against my dad

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Tim Vine

A memorable hat-trick!

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Martin Burgess

The greenest green I have ever seen has turned into my passion

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Gordon Taylor OBE

Gordon Taylor OBE

From Bolton to Vancouver. A lifetime of memories from the Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association

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Alex Campbell

There was a goat on the pitch

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Kyle Hanson

Winning the league three years in a row

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Doug Scott

Playing with a hangover

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Benji Wilkinson

I got on the football A team

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Tom Cross

Sir Redgrave stood on my foot

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Myles Dutton

Yorkshire schools tournament

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Olivia Reed

I scored the only penalty

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Matt Johnson

I broke my wrist scoring the winning goal

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Harry Stanley

Playing at Elland Road

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Sam Sweet

I almost broke my back

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Dan Dekashi

Winning the league with Harrogate Railway

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Ozzie 'The Hero'

I scored an unintentional, winning goal

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SPIZZENERGI at Wembley 13 Years ago April 11th 2000

Spizz Energi

Spizz play Wembley and come home with the match ball

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Ian Marshall

A big win over local rivals

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Simon Mullock

Playing for Manor United in front of the Kippax

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Tom Williams

The simple pleasure of kicking a ball around

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Milton Jones

Who knew making animal noises could lead to a booking?

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Andy Hill

Scoring against your boyhood club

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Everton Legend Alan Ball in his white boots. Image copyright Mirrorpix

Brian Hewitt

I actually made the white boots which were worn by Alan Ball.....

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Geoff Cheetham

Geoff Cheetham sneaks into a team photo.....

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The victorious QA Falcons

Omar Al-Ansari

The day the QA Falcons soared above the opposition

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Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes' dad was not slow to point out his son's shortcomings as a footballer. But The Sun's football writer has his old man to thank for turning him onto a career in journalism instead

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Craig Smart

Sodden battle with America's finest in Dunoon in '78.

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John Clements

The 'hole in the net mystery'

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Teddy Jamieson

Teddy Jamieson recalls an unlikely hero in Northern Ireland. Teddy is the author of Whose Side Are You On: Sport, the Troubles and Me

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Richard Wilson, The Herald

A trial match for Glasgow and District terrifies Richard Wilson, who would rather be at home, watching the game with his dad

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Buff Hardie, Scotland the What?

Nine-nil behind with seconds remaining, the only thing on Hilton Primary School's goalkeeper was to avoid a double-figure scoreline. One final save should do it...

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Still doing if after all these years: Clontarf 2011. Greig junior and senior (centre left and right)

Martin Greig, freelance sport writer

Doesn't everyone's dad play fives at the age of 66, not only keeping up with but taking the names of men half his age? Martin Greig is starting to suspect the old boy could be a bit special...

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The King and I: Sullivan and Dalglish reflect on victory

Stephen Sullivan, FIFA journalist

From writing about the Celtic youth team to crossing for Kenny Dalglish to head home, all in the space of a week? It can be done. Just ask Stephen Sullivan

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David Friel, freelance sport journalist

Strachan. McGrain. Friel. Goal. It is the greatest commentary Arthur Montford never gave

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Steve Donn, sports writer, Scottish Daily Mail

Ally McCoist finally meets his match when one-on-one with a mysterious goalkeeper at Hampden. Well, that's how Steve Donn remembers it

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burghead thistle: welcome to hell

Gary Sutherland

Hopeman v Burghead. El Sand Clasico. Gary Sutherland recalls team-mates sadly missed and one who could break your arm with a penalty kick

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