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Career ladder: Scott Shearer

8 April 2013

Name: Scott Shearer
Position: Goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 15/02/1981
Club: Rotherham United
Previous Clubs: Albion Rovers, Coventry City, Rushden and Diamonds (loan), Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury Town (loan), Wycombe Wanderers, Wrexham, Crawley Town.

What do you remember about your first ever match?
It was for Albion Rovers, away at Brechin City. I was on the bench and the goalkeeper got sent off. The first thing I did in my career was pick the ball out of the back of the net. We went on to win the match, though.

Who was your childhood hero?
There were a few; I remember Paul McStay, as I'm a big Celtic fan, so a number of players like him. But there was also Peter Schmeichel.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
I don't know really. I came into the game late - I went to college and had a job and everything - and I was just clinging onto the hope of being a footballer by changing all my Saturday shifts for Sunday shifts. I then got lucky with my Saturday club and got a trial at Albion Rovers, and that's how it happened. I just clung onto it for as long as I could.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Alan Hodgkinson. He was at Coventry City and I think he's just retired. He had like 60 continuous seasons in football; his knowledge is second to none, the guy's a legend.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
It wasn't too big so I don't think I spent it on a lot, it was probably a bit of petrol.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
No, I've never been bothered with the numbers on my jersey. When I was younger I used to have superstitions because people spoke about them but as you get older you realise it doesn't matter, as long as you're playing.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
I've never swapped shirts with anyone. My mum and dad love having my jerseys, and I have given a few out to fans I have kept in touch with.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
It's a lot more professional. You've really got to look after yourself now, particularly when you're getting into your later years. I think there's still a case of you get too much too young, on the flip side.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
When someone takes the time to give you advice, actually listen to it and let it sink in. I think when you're younger you think you know better than folk that have actually been there and done it, and you find out later on that you don't know better.

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'm actually taking a sports science course so I'm looking to go into physiotherapy, and that sort of angle. I'd love to be a goalkeeping coach first but then go into physiotherapy.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
Just somebody who always gave 110 per cent and tried their hardest. And also somebody who never took things for granted.

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