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Career ladder: Barry Roche

11 February 2013

Name: Barry Roche
Position: Goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 06/04/1982
Club: Morecambe
Previous Clubs: Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Chesterfield.

What do you remember about your first ever match?
Coming on for Dave Beasant in the last minute to save a penalty for Nottingham Forest against Crystal Palace. We won the game 3-2 at Selhurst Park.

Who was your childhood hero?
Peter Schmeichel, although it's hard for me to say that as I'm a Liverpool fan.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
Probably when I was about 13 or 14 when I first went to Leeds United on trial and I was offered a contract after about a week. 

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Paul Hart when he was youth team manager at Nottingham Forest. I have a lot to thank him for.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
I think I got a TV for my room in the digs.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
I have number one, and as a goalkeeper you always want to be number one.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
Nobody has ever wanted my shirt! The last shirt I got was Kieren Westwood's when we played Sunderland. We can't swap shirts at our level as we will have to pay for it and I'm quite happy to not have £40 or £50 taken out of my wage packet.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
It's a lot quicker and a lot more professional.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Work an awful lot harder than I did at times.

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'd prefer to be a goalkeeping coach in the youth team, so I could progress the young kids.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
Being a very good goalkeeper.

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