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Career ladder: Alan Judge

5 November 2012

Alan Judge
Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 11/11/1988
Club: Notts County
Previous Clubs: Blackburn Rovers, Plymouth Argyle (loan).

What do you remember about your first ever match?
I played in the League Cup for my debut against Grimsby Town, I can always remember that because my family was there to see it.

Who was your childhood hero?
My dad's in there because he played football but the footballer I looked up to was Paul Scholes, he's just unbelievable.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
I think it was when I got my first trial offered to me when I was over in Ireland from Sheffield United. It went well, I got offered a contract and I thought I had my chance to move over, so it went from there.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
I'd have to say the one I'm with now, Keith Curle. He's changed the way I play and, with the two coaches - Colin Lee and Colin West - it's just unbelievable. And, I have to say my reserve team manager at Blackburn, Glyn Hodges, he was brilliant for me.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
I think it was about 80 quid a week - phone credit just to speak to people back home, that's all it would have gone on, and food.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
No. I got told I had to wear number 10 this year, I don't know why but I would have preferred to stay number 14 because I had a good year in it last year.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
Probably Paul Gallagher. I was with him at Blackburn and on loan with him at Plymouth. He's a great lad and I played against him when he was a Leicester and we swapped jerseys.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
I don't know if it has changed much. It is everything I expected it to be when I turned pro and I am loving every minute of it. You've got to cherish it because it goes so quickly.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Don't let anybody ever tell you you're too small. The better players are always the smaller players.

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?
C - Scout. I'd like to bring in good players to play for managers. And, being a manager, there's no chance, it's just not me, I'm just not that type of guy. Coach, people won't listen to me. Physio, not smart enough. Pundit, won't be famous enough.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
Hardworking, a nice guy, a nice person to meet I'd like to think, and someone who scores lots of goals.

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