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Career ladder: Peter Vincenti

1 April 2013

Name: Peter Vincenti
Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 07/07/1986
Club: Aldershot Town
Previous Clubs: Millwall, Stevenage, Mansfield Town (loan).

What do you remember about your first ever match?
The first football match I remember being taken to was when my old man took me to Manchester United against Barcelona at Old Trafford. That was when Romario still played for them - I think it finished 2-2.

My first professional game was probably when I made the bench for Millwall against Swindon Town. We got beat 2-1. Obviously it's some atmosphere at the Den and the fans weren't happy. I didn't manage to get on, I was an unused sub, but I still managed to get hit with a programme at some point.

Who was your childhood hero?
When I was a kid David Beckham was around so I always used to look up to him. He was sort of my idol but my all-time player is Zinedine Zidane. Beckham was the main man so that was an easy reason to have him as an idol but Zidane's my favourite player for the way he played the game and how elegant and graceful he was - I used to love watching him.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
I was quite late getting into the game. I didn't get into it until I was 21 years of age because I went to university for three years and graduated. It was just after that when I had a trial with Millwall, and got a short-term contract with them. It just moved quickly after that really, I never had a certain point in time when I thought I could do it. I was straight out of uni, had a trial, which went well, and that was it - I was there at my first club.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Every coach is different but at this moment in time I'd probably say Willie Donachie and Pat Holland because they were the ones who signed me at Millwall. They gave me the opportunity at a late stage, to do what I've always dreamt of.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
I had to pay back my sister for a suit that she bought me. At Millwall you had to where a suit for the home games and I didn't even have one, so I had to reimburse my sister who had lent me the money to buy a suit.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
No. I'm not really superstitious or anything. This season I'm number 11, which is the lowest number I've had while I've been in the game, but it doesn't hold any sentimental value to me.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
I don't know if swap is the word but when we played Manchester United in the League Cup last year I played centre-midfield and marked Park Ji-Sung, and got his shirt. I wouldn't say we swapped but he gave me his shirt. I'm sure he just didn't want to ask for mine because he didn't want there to be any jealousy in the United ranks with all of them wanting my shirt.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
It's difficult for me because I came in late and it has always been good, but in the last couple of years the technology has moved on. Every season we come back and there is a little bit more scientific research about what we should be eating and how we should be doing certain things. It's just really every season there's something new about how to manage your body. It has progressed a lot that way, even since I first started.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
I always say never let the lows get too low, and never let the highs get too high. Just try and keep on an even level.

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 haven't really thought about it too much, I'm the type of person who just waits to see what tomorrow brings. I'm taking my coaching badges at the minute, though, so I presume from that point of view when I finish in the game I'd like to stay in it as a coach. And maybe even progress on to being a manager in my later years.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
Probably just as a player that always put the effort in, in every game. That's one thing that I try and do, regardless of how I'm playing, is to give it my all. I'd like to just be remembered for being committed in every game that I played in.

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