Name: Karl Duguid
Date of Birth: 21st March 1978
Club: Colchester United
Previous Clubs: Plymouth Argyle
What do you remember about your first ever match?
As a kid, my Sunday team was called North Hearts Celtic. I'm sure we lost, as we lost a lot of games. We had a good five-a-side team; we used to win all the five-a-side competitions but my Sunday league memories are probably losing and crying because I wasn't a very good loser. I'm still not a very good loser now, but I manage to keep the tears away these days.
Who was your childhood hero?
Gazza, without a doubt, he was just pure class. Everything about him was brilliant and he was just a joker, which made it even better. Everyone my age wanted to be like him as a player and he was my hero.
When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
When I first came to Colchester United and got my YTS and progressed into the first-team. I was playing in the first team when I was 17 as a second-year YTS and I felt that I might have a chance then and that's when I though I could probably progress.
Which coach had the biggest influence on your career?
Steve Foley was my youth team manager at Colchester and he played me in every position in the youth team, which has helped me throughout my career. I have probably played in every position over the years in the first-team so he helped me a lot and made me realise how to play in each position.
What did you spend your first wage packet on?
Probably nappies and baby food because I had my first daughter when I was 18.
Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
I was number seven the first time I was at Colchester and I was there for 14 years. Then I went to Plymouth Argyle and I was number two. Now I'm number 27, I just put the two and the seven together.
Who did you last swap shirts with?
Fabricio Coloccini at Newcastle United. I was playing for Plymouth in the FA Cup, we played them three times that season and I managed to swap shirts with him in the home game in the FA Cup, which was nice. A few of the lads wanted it but I got there first.
How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
Everything surrounding the game is just more professional. All the work you do off the pitch has increased like the dietary side and your weight. I think all of this benefits you on the pitch.
If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Control my aggression, that's probably what I would say. I have managed to do it over the years.
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 like to be a coach. I have started my badges so I think that's something I'd like to go into.
What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
A hard-working, good, honest professional.
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