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Career ladder: Abu Ogogo

18 February 2013

Name: Abu Ogogo
Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 03/11/1989
Club: Dagenham and Redbridge
Previous Clubs: Arsenal, Barnet (loan).

What do you remember about your first ever match?
It feels like so long ago, I can't remember that much. I can remember my first game for Dagenham, though, we played against Crewe Alexandra away and I came on at right midfield for the last 20 minutes. I remember that game well because Jon Nurse scored a banger, and Benno (Paul Benson) scored - we won 2-1.

Who was your childhood hero?
I had a few to be fair; Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Zinedine Zidane.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
I was playing for my Sunday league team and there was a scout from Wimbledon who approached me and said he wanted me to go on trial, so from that moment onwards I thought if I stick with football I could go far. 

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
There's been a few but when I was at Arsenal Under-16s and I had a coach called Dermot Drummy - he's now manager at Chelsea Reserves - so yeah, probably him.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
I think I went out and bought some designer jumpers.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
No, it doesn't have a meaning. I had a choice between number 19 and number two but I prefer 19, so that's why I have it.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
I can't remember, we don't tend to swap shirts.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
Personally, I feel it has just got quicker. When I was an amateur and young, the players weren't as good and the pace of the game wasn't as quick. When you turn pro everyone is stronger and quicker.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
I would have just said hard work. I believe in hard work. If I was young and coaching myself I would keep drilling that into my head.

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 would probably be a scout; I like to watch as many games as possible.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
A hard-working midfielder that gave his all in every single game.

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