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Career ladder: Steve Tully

17 December 2012

Name: Steve Tully
Position: Defender
Date of Birth: 10/02/1980
Club: Exeter City
Previous Clubs: Torquay United, Weymouth.

What do you remember about your first ever match?
I remember my first game, it was against Gravesend and Northfleet, now Ebbsfleet United, and it was raining. I wasn't expecting to start, I was expecting to be in the stand actually, but I started and played well.

Who was your childhood hero?
There was only one and it's Paul Gascoigne.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
I think it was when I was about 16 or 17. I had just done my YTS and there wasn't a player in the team who I thought was better than me. The youth coaches at Torquay pushed my game on and progressed me along nicely.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Steve McCall at youth team level was amazing to me, and Paul Tisdale has helped me improve my game. Even though I signed for the club at 27 he has made me a better player. I don't think it matters what age you are; you can always improve.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
I think I went to a designer shop in Torquay and bought two or three nice tops.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
No not really. I've always liked the number two, and when we had squad numbers at Torquay I always had it there. The first time I came to Exeter I had 18 but for eight out of the nine seasons I've played I've had number two.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
Torquay played a League Cup game and I swapped shirts with Darren Anderton, I've still got it.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
I think it's all action now. The game is non-stop, it's played at pace. I think if you play in any other country it can be quite methodical, whereas over here everyone goes for it from the first minute to the last minute.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
To use both feet.

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?
Definitely a manager. I'm doing my UEFA B now and I've been managing the Exeter City Ladies team for the last four years and we've managed to get four promotions out of four. I feel like I'm learning more and more and I love that side of the game. I like the way Paul Tisdale goes about things and I'm taking bits I pick up from him into the Sunday matches with the ladies.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
Someone that played with a smile on his face all of the time.

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