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My Most Memorable Match

We've all got one. A match so memorable it stays with you for the rest of your life. For me, that was the 1966 FA Cup Final when I was aged just seven.

We'd just moved to a brand new housing estate in Huyton, near Liverpool, living just a few streets away from the legendary Peter Reid though I didn't know it then. The family were clustered around the black-and-white TV but after 57 minutes Everton went 2-0 down to Sheffield Wednesday so me and my 6-year-old brother decided to go and play football instead.

We'd only been outside a few minutes when our friend Chris shouted for us to come and watch the match as it was now 2-2 so we ran into his house as fast as we could. While they went into the kitchen where Chris's mum was making a cake for his birthday the next day, a long ball squirmed under Wednesday defender Gerry Young's foot leaving Derek Temple with a clear path to goal and only the 'keeper Peter Springett to beat.

As Temple advanced towards the penalty area, I shouted into the kitchen 'He's going to score' as he hit the ball as sweet as a nut into the far corner of the net! The memory of that moment still sends shivers down my spine over 50 years later. Football can do that.

So, this is My Most Memorable Match, but what's yours? It may not have been a full game, but a goal or a save which left you thinking 'this is my club'. Let us know and we'll recreate it for you in the unique Retrotext style.

Here are the most memorable matches of some well-known football personalities:

Alan Shearer

Ex-England striker now television pundit Alan Shearer's first match was Kevin Keegan's debut for Newcastle United in 1982.

He says: "I remember my first game like it was yesterday. We took the metro and got there especially early to soak up the atmosphere, I bought a scarf on the way and couldn’t believe my dad when he told me he’d kept it to this day.

Seeing us win on my first game was special, but what made it even better was Kevin Keegan making his debut that day and scoring the winning goal. Seeing him run over to us with his arms held aloft was pure ecstasy."

 
Martin Tyler
Martin has been a television commentator for over 40 years and his favourite game is the famous 1996 Premier League clash between Liverpool and Newcastle at a time when both teams were pushing for the title.

A topsy-turvy, seven goal thriller was eventually settled by Stan Collymore's 90th minute winner and Tyler still remembers the reaction of the Kop. He says: "I get goosebumps every time I hear it. Poor Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings at the end is one of the iconic shots of the game."