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Shaun Derry, Kevin Davies and Guy Branston discuss their finest moments in football and how they celebrated them
Shaun Derry, Kevin Davies and Guy Branston on how they celebrated after achieving their dreams.
Last Updated: 30/10/13 12:09pm
As well as a weekly blog from Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips, we will also be speaking to three seasoned campaigners in the Football League.
On-loan Millwall midfielder Shaun Derry, Preston frontman Kevin Davies and Plymouth defender Guy Branston - who all appear on Sky Sports News Radio's Football League Hour - will be chatting to us about all manner of footballing issues.
Unless you've been living under a rock you'll know that England qualified for the World Cup in Brazil this week.
Playing in the celebrated 'home of football' in one of the biggest sporting tournaments in the world has been identified as the pinnacle of success for any professional player.
So with this is mind, we asked our Football League Bloggers about their dreams, ambitions and career achievements and how they celebrated them - down the pub, or even at the hospital...?
I've achieved a few things that I set out to do as a young player and one was playing for my boyhood side Notts County. My family support the club and it was a great moment for me when I was able to play for my hometown club as an 18-year-old in front of my family, especially my dad.
Playing at Wembley was another dream I had and I achieved it with Notts County. I was 18-years-old and only making my 12th appearance for the club, so for a young boy playing at the national stadium it was an incredible moment.
But I think playing at the highest level you possibly can sticks out as my big dream.
Gaining promotion from the play-off final with Crystal Palace enabled me to play in the Premier League, and I did so again with QPR when we were promoted into the top-flight as champions. I've also always tried to set out to play for one of the big football clubs and I did that playing for Leeds United; although we didn't play in the Premier League, we got to the Play-off Final - they're my standout moments as a footballer.
Back in the day when I was young boy coming through, we would go straight out with a group of players after a win - the best part of 20 players and staff members for the night including the management; we'd all celebrate the moment. That doesn't happen so much now because of my age and responsibilities as a parent, but I remember as a younger player going out with the team and thinking I was on top of the world.
If you were to ask other people about stories from nights out I've been on they would probably name me as one of the main culprits, but I don't want to delve in to it. I'm saving my stories of nights out for my autobiography!
I think most footballers would admit that they'd be jealous of the players that are going to play in the World Cup in Brazil. We're proud of the country, but we all wish we could go there, because playing in a World Cup is a dream for any player from any nation.
My England debut was without doubt the proudest moment in my career. It was something that I'd always wanted to do and I was fortunate that it was played at Wembley as well. I'm obviously disappointed I didn't manage to play at a major tournament and win more caps, but I'm grateful for the one cap I did get. It was a massive high for me to have all of my family there and it was an amazing experience just to be on the pitch for 20 minutes. I loved it.
When I was with Bolton and we beat Aston Villa in the 2004 League Cup semi-final, I remember us having a few drinks afterwards to celebrate and then I got a phone call saying my wife was in labour. I had to get a taxi back from Birmingham to Sheffield at about three or four in the morning as her waters had broken - it ended up being a double celebration!
There's a time and a place to celebrate after games and there have been good times. It's the old saying of what happens on tour, stays on tour. I've never been involved in any trouble or anything with the police it's always been in good spirits. I think it's nice when you've been working hard for 10 months or so to relax - I like it when all the staff and players get together and go out for a meal, or go to the races.
When Chesterfield won the League Two Play-off Final, the Chairman took us all on holiday. In the changing rooms after the game we got the manager and threw him in the big hot tub at Wembley and started singing 'We're going to Barbados'! He stuck to his word and took us all to Barbados the following week.
I always dreamed of playing for England and fulfilling my ambition of being the top player you think you're going to be as a kid. Unfortunately the hardship of football is that we're not all good enough to be playing for England and I wasn't.
A club game I'll never forget was one we actually lost, but just to be involved with it was one of the main pinnacles of my life and that was playing Liverpool in their treble-winning year in the FA Cup third round. We played against some top players like Gerrard, Heskey, Owen, Smicer, Hyypia - it was just unbelievable in a magnificent cup, a magnificent stadium and a magnificent season. It was also my birthday weekend as well so we were celebrating like it was 1999!
Footballers used to go out after a win, but not so much now; people would rather speak on Twitter! Personally if we win and it's a free week I like to go out and have a nice meal and a few drinks and relax a little because it's been a hard week and you've won the game.
When I was at Rotherham we had a run where we were losing in the Championship and the manager Ronnie Moore was getting sick to death of the lads going out who weren't playing.
Even though he's banned us from going out, we all clubbed together and said 'right, we'll go out anyway'. There was no fine for it and it's not against the law. So we got a bit of a squad together, about six of us that we used to call 'The Mushrooms'. We went out and had some drinks and then towards the end of the night we went and got some pizza and tried to call down a cab.
We saw an eight-seater cab and thought 'that's perfect it will fit us all in', but the driver said 'I've got two people in there'. I said 'we'll share with them, there's six of us and two of them'. We got in the back of the cab and sitting there was the gaffer and the assistant manager absolutely steaming. On the Monday the manager said to us 'look, as long as you don't remember seeing me, I don't remember seeing you.' A few weeks later we all got back in to the team.