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Offline Gottlob

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Greatest Moments, Pratfalls and Scrapes: Childhood Football Reminiscences
« on: Tuesday 15 October 2019, 02:56:22 PM »
I know that we have an ongoing thread which covers all of our current football activities, and perhaps these other stories have been told through the course of years. But I was listening to this song by Richard Dawson:



and I thought it might be fun to reminisce on the football of our youth. Schooldays and parks and sports halls and five-a-side and so on. I'll start by way of example.

I remember when I was about eight years old and got selected, with one other boy my age, to play for my primary school football team: evidently I was a precocious talent. My first match I was a substitute huddled by the side of the pitch in the pouring rain. Eventually, long into the second half, I got on, and for my first act fell headlong into the muck right in front of their star player, inadvertently 'tackling' him by means of lying prostrate in front of him, leaving him nowhere to go. He fell over the top of me, and our captain, a few years older than me - I think his father actually coached the team - said something along the lines of 'Well done so and so, serves him right for hogging the ball'.

A grander memory involves one of the few goals I scored coming in off the left wing. In fact I played on the left but I think this goal actually came from a corner. Think David Ginola vs. Ferencváros only a couple of yards from goal. The corner came in, and after various aerial challenges, it fell to me at the back post, where instead of just knocking the ball into a gaping net, in my surprise I juggled it off my foot and then my knee before volleying home.

So, what were the times when you played at football when young?
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« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 15 October 2019, 03:09:22 PM »
Kicking a ball into some bushes and finding a porn mag was my career highlight.
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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 15 October 2019, 03:16:13 PM »
Love that song.

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« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 15 October 2019, 05:03:03 PM »
Broke my arm when I was 7-8 when a fat kid fell on my arm after a (no doubt needless) slide tackle. Shortly thereafter found that playing footaball with an obviously broken arm was class as very few people were wanting to tackle you.

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« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 15 October 2019, 08:17:02 PM »
Scored three goals for school. Number 1 bounced in off my shin after the ball looped over everyone else at a corner, and number 3 was a long ball which bounced past the keeper and I tapped in. Number 2 is probably one of my happiest memories ever, though. Diving header, top corner, winning goal. Never bettered it, never will.

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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 12:47:41 PM »
Scoring my first ever goal (around the period of WC 94) and celebrating like Bebeto. :lol: :facepalm:

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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 12:57:12 PM »
Used to play on a big square area of that horrible gravel riddled hard surface with grass at either end. Goals went on the patches of grass so the keepers had a bit of a box they could dive in without being sliced up.

Stupid me sees the ball coming over, perfectly sat up for me to display my amazing 12 year old overhead kick skills. As I've got my eye on the ball I take a couple of steps back to set myself and don't notice I've moved off the grass.

I leap like a salmon, miss the ball completely and land with a thud on the hard bit. Gravel embedded into my back and elbows, blood pouring all over the place and winded.

My elbows are still scarred to f*** from that day. 

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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 01:36:00 PM »
I got into football really late, so don't have too many really young memories.

Score a Poborski lob in PE just after Euro 96, still gets talked about to this day :lol:

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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 03:51:54 PM »
Pretty depressing thread. Get you thinking about what could have been :lol:

Thinking back, I was pretty decent at 6-10 years old. Played as a defender and often went on bursting runs and scored a few decent long lobs over keepers. Played in the year above me and didn't have any problems with the physique. Then we got a PC at home, candy became the measure of happiness and by the time I was 13-14 I stopped applying myself in training and quit completely at 16 when partying, gaming and driving mopeds was cooler.
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« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 04:13:32 PM »
I always played Center Back or Centre Midfielder from ages 9-14. Played for Whitley Bay Boys Club and our main striker left for another team - so aged 15, I was given the chance to play up front in a very direct 4-4-2 formation.

Scored 2 goals and assisted 2 goals in a shockingly good 5-1 away win at Gosforth in our first game of the season. Ended up with a respectable 9 goals from 18 games for the season.  :lol:

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« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 05:08:02 PM »
I was called "The Wall" at Primary school as absolutely nobody could get past me - played CB/sweeper.

I played Edmonton Sunday League in North London for years. Have one nice scar inside my right knee from a high tackle where a stud went in. I remember using it as an excuse to play up front with my mate, then realizing towards the end of the game that you could see the bone through the hole.
Obviously, I'm speaking of a hypothetical world in which there is a greater club than Tottenham.

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« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 05:33:31 PM »
I was never any good at football as a kid, nowhere near the school team. Only realised I was acceptable at uni, where I mixed with posher people who were s*** :lol:

Probably at my peak now TBH.

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« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 07:49:02 PM »
I was called "The Wall" at Primary school as absolutely nobody could get past me - played CB/sweeper.

I played Edmonton Sunday League in North London for years. Have one nice scar inside my right knee from a high tackle where a stud went in. I remember using it as an excuse to play up front with my mate, then realizing towards the end of the game that you could see the bone through the hole.
:lol: We share the same youth football name. I was quite good through my childhood, but my primary talent was being taller and stronger than most anyone else with decent speed. In terms of actual football ability, it was very limited. I always preferred to play at the back because it was the most physical position (preferably at right back, but often pushed to the centre or to striker), and I could utilise my primary skills of shielding the ball, headers, long crosses, and fouling people who dribbled past me. When I was 15/16, I grew an additional 3-4 inches, and went to US for school and to play basketball, so I haven't focused on football much at all since, tbh. I've just started teaching my four-year-old the game, which has renewed my interest in playing a bit.

My career highlights are receiving my likely first concussion by directly heading the post at boarding school in Nigeria (this is what I am told, I don't actually remember) and scoring a ridiculous diving header followed by a Yakubu-type miss in a match for my school team around the same time.

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« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 07:57:56 PM »
I ran into a metal post at primary school too, tripped over the football actually.

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« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 08:55:39 PM »


We smashed some private school 5-0 and I scored a goal kick :D

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« Reply #15 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 09:11:49 PM »
Went through a spell where I loved pretending to be George Weah. Everytime I shoot, I'd shout 'WEAH!!'. :lol: :facepalm:

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« Reply #16 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 09:50:42 PM »
I had a era in the late 80's where I was totally unbeatable in the goal on the side of a garage wall behind the shops, people would come from streets away to have ago and literally nobody beat me, I still remember the feeling of totally domination between those painted goalposts, I watch Alisson, Ederson, Pickford and co in the Premier league and just think "amateurs"..............................best 40 mins of my life
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« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 11:37:59 PM »
Reminiscences, I presume. Tackling the toughest kid in my new school at 8;

saving a pen and being tackled by the headmaster's dog immediately. Tackled the dog right back. :lol: I was 8!

Tbf the dog was just chasing the ball, it was called Rollo, I think that's an Irish name, cba to check, the headmaster was an elderly Irish priest.

Kicking the tough lad in the air was a bit formative, he had a go at me another day and I lifted him above my head and slammed him. Didn't bother me any more. New school, see, you've got to do that. :lol: 50 years.
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« Reply #18 on: Thursday 17 October 2019, 12:24:24 AM »
Cruyff turn and a Tony Yeboah crossbar thunderbastard finish at North shields evo football on Tuesday night. Highlight of my career at 35.

Think I'll retire now.

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« Reply #19 on: Thursday 17 October 2019, 12:46:07 AM »
Playing Old Boys football with my Dad. Old Minchendenians - he was a goalkeeper and I played sweeper. Can't remember the exact ages, but I'd probably have been 13-15 which would have meant he was 40-42. I'll have those memories forever.
Obviously, I'm speaking of a hypothetical world in which there is a greater club than Tottenham.

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« Reply #20 on: Thursday 17 October 2019, 01:44:19 AM »
I must’ve been 13 or 14. I was among never the best on the team and rarely started. Did start this one game on the road and played an absolute blinder. Ball fell to me in the box, I coolly slid it over out of the way of a slide tackle and side-footed it through the back of the net. Later it fell to me at the top of the box and I struck it perfectly, like a knife through butter. Keeper made a great save to tip it over the crossbar. One of those days when you just couldn’t hit a poor ball.

Also remember one time on the right wing, picking the ball up in midfield and racing down the touchline with it. Small(er), irritating little s*** of a left back on the other team came at me and I briefly stopped to throw a hip into him. Fell like a sack of potatoes. :lol: opposing team parents on the sideline were howling. Think I ended up in the corner and lost possession, but I loved every minute of the infamy.

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« Reply #21 on: Thursday 17 October 2019, 03:53:31 PM »
Went through a spell where I loved pretending to be George Weah. Everytime I shoot, I'd shout 'WEAH!!'. :lol: :facepalm:

Yeboah was our chant.

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« Reply #22 on: Thursday 17 October 2019, 08:04:36 PM »
We played down the local park, and this one lad who always played, Niall Davenport his name was, would always managed to get caked in dog s***. Once he went for a diving header and literally ended up with dog s**** in and around his mouth  :lol: :lol:
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« Reply #23 on: Thursday 17 October 2019, 09:28:35 PM »
I remember when I was very young, about five or six, playing in the corner of the school playground and while other people were pretending to be dinosaurs and Transformers and superheroes, I was pretending to be Chris Waddle, by that point an ageing winger who played for a club in Sheffield Wednesday that I didn't support.

I also remember playing five-a-side in a school sports hall and one of the players laughing hysterically because someone had 'headbutted' the ball.