#MyFirstGame: Dwight Yorke, Graeme Souness and Steve Parish share first football memory

Dwight Yorke tells us about his first game.

Sky Sports pundits Dwight Yorke and Graeme Souness take a trip down memory lane as part of a new campaign to help fans win tickets to see their Premier League team.

The experts are joined by Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish and Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden to talk about where their love for football all started.

It's part of a new fan campaign - #MyFirstGame - launched in conjunction with league title sponsor Barclays and there is still time for you to win tickets to see your team.


I think my first game was back in the early '80s; we had our first national stadium in Trindad and Tobago and Arsenal came out to open it. It was something new back then and, as a kid, I was excited like everyone else to see a Premiership team come to that part of the world. The game was amazing - 22,000 people, which was a record! Seeing the international stars as a kid made me know that was the way I wanted to go - entertain people, play in fantastic stadiums. It really inspired me to want to go on and be a professional footballer.


Graeme Souness tells us about his first game.

My first game was Heart of Midlothian v Dunfermline in 1960-something! I think Dunfermline almost won the league that year.


Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish tells us about his first game.

It was the 1972/73 season. I was seven years old and I went to see Palace play Chelsea. It was very different in those days - police horses, people packed in. It was chaos! We won 2-0 but we got relegated that season so it was to no avail! From that moment I was hooked; going to Selhurst Park was, for me, an unbelievable experience. My heart was thumping out of my chest. The game's big now but, in a way, it was bigger then; all we did as kids was play football.


Max Rushden tells us about his first game.

My first game was in September of 1986 - Cambridge United at home to Exeter City; a massive game in the football world, obviously. I don't remember a lot about it other than that it was cold, it smelt of cigarettes - which I wasn't accustomed to at seven years old - and I heard a lot of words I'd never heard before! We were 2-0 down but a guy called Steve Spriggs scored a couple to earn us a draw.

How to win

To be in with a chance of winning a pair to see your team at home, tweet your first-match memory using the hastag #MyFirstGame

Sky Sports pundits and presenters have dusted off their own scrapbooks so stay tuned throughout the week - whether you're watching at home or using our apps on the go - to hear some of their magic moments.

Remember, tweet @SkyFootball using the hashtag #MyFirstGame to share your memories, photos and even old programmes to be in with a shout of winning.

A pair of tickets for each Premier League team is up for grabs, so start tweeting your first-game memories now.

How to get involved

You can enter all week (March 2-6) by following @SkyFootball and tweeting about #MyFirstGame for your chance to win a pair of tickets to a Barclays Premier League game. There are 20 pairs of tickets to be won. For your entry to count you must use the hashtag #MyFirstGame.

You can join the conversation throughout the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League by telling us why you or someone you know champions the True Spirit of the Game by visiting facebook.com/barclaysfootball or following us on Twitter @BarclaysFooty - the best place for exclusive content and the latest Barclays Premier League news.

Additional Terms & Conditions

• The resale of tickets is prohibited. Barclays reserves the right to cancel any tickets that have been resold.
• Tickets are for home fans only 
• Tickets do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality 
• No exchange of tickets will be made under any circumstances and tickets are not transferable.

For more information about how Barclays are giving away thousands of Barclays Premier League tickets and experiences to help the next generation start their love affair with football, head to Barclays' Spirit of the Game website or visit www.barclays.com/spiritofthegame

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