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Career ladder: Kevin Foley

31 December 2012

Name: Kevin Foley
Position: Defender
Date of Birth: 01/11/1984
Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Previous Clubs: Luton Town.

What do you remember about your first ever match?
My first ever match was a cup game away at Stevenage. I'm pretty sure it was anyway. My first league game was Swindon Town away from home. We got our kit laid out and I was number 41. When we got to the ground, though, my shirt said 'Foley 4' on it - they forgot to put the one on. We were panicking because we could have been fined if I had the wrong shirt on, so we quickly got it sorted.

Who was your childhood hero?
Eric Cantona. I supported Manchester United and I loved watching him.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
Probably when I got my first pro contract. Until then, in the youth team, I didn't take anything for granted.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
John Moore. He was my youth team coach at Luton and I had the utmost respect for him. He just said it how it was and he was so enthusiastic.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
I went to the cash point to check I had been paid, took a tenner out and got some ice cream.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
Number 32 doesn't have a special meaning to me. When I signed for Wolves they gave me number 32, then after a season I just thought I'd keep it.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
I swapped shirts with a player in the Italian second division select side, when I played an international match.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
There's more coverage and there's more access to watching games - whether it's the Premier League or whatever. You don't have to wait for the highlights to see how teams are getting on.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Don't get too worked up and take the advice of the manager.

If you stay in the game at the end of your career, what will you do? a) Manager b) Coach c) Scout d) Physio e) Pundit?
I'd like to be a coach I think. You're not in the firing line as much.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
Just someone who always gave 100 per cent.

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