Name: Michael Rose
Position: Defender
Date of Birth: 28/6/1982
Club: Colchester United
Previous Clubs: Manchester United, Chester City, Hereford United, Yeovil Town, Cheltenham Town (loan), Scunthorpe United (loan), Stockport County, Norwich City (loan), Swindon Town.

What do you remember about your first ever match?
I can't really remember, to be honest. Me and my brother both signed for Chester at the same time, we both played in the first game together, but I can't remember who it was against.

Who was your childhood hero?
Someone from Manchester United. Growing up in Manchester, being a United fan, I'd have to go with somebody like Mark Hughes.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game? 
When I got released by Manchester United I thought, 'that's the end of that', but I then signed for Chester. Mark Wright came in, though, and didn't offer me a contract. I was about to go out of the game but Graham Turner rang me from Hereford and said he wanted me to go down there and play for them so I did, and kick-started my career again.

I always wanted to stay in the game after being released by United. I just went from one end of the scale to the other and got on with it.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Richard O'Kelly. He was really good to me at Hereford when he came in as assistant manager to Graham Turner.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
Probably some sort of clothing.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
No not really, but it's always been my favourite number and I've always seemed to have it wherever I've been, which is number three.

I've just seemed to keep the number but I wouldn't say it has a special meaning; a number is a number at the end of the day so I'm not really one of them to be fussed by it.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
The last one I can remember is El Hadji Diouf when he was at Bolton Wanderers. We played against them in a cup game when I was at Yeovil and I got his shirt after the game.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
The game is a lot quicker now although it's a tough one really because you can't tackle like you used to be able to. You can't get away with some of the things you used to be able to, so I'm not sure it is better.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Work hard and appreciate where you are because when I was younger I sort of took it for granted at United and when I'd left I realised what I missed out on.

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 like to be a manager but I reckon that's a bit stressful so I'd maybe go with a physio - a masseur or something like that. Something in the background

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
I'd have to say my free-kicks, I've scored a few of them.

The goal a couple of weeks ago was a good one but it was only my first goal for Colchester so I can't really rely on that. I need to score a few free-kicks for Colchester.

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