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Football Origins with Elliott Bennett

The skipper is next in line to talk us through his footballing career

5 December 2019

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Elliott Bennett is next in line to step up to the plate in our 'Football Origins' feature...

We sat down with the midfielder to discuss his career so far, his firsts, his favourites and much more.

This piece was in the matchday programme against Brentford.

First Football Memory

It would be going to watch Wolves at Molineux in the John Ireland upper tier, which is where they used to give the Academy tickets, and watching a very, very young Robbie Keane.

Team You Supported Growing Up

I supported Wolves, because I was there from a really young age, but my dad is a Manchester United fan, so he always tried to push that on us.

First Game You Attended

I just found it amazing that so many people turned up to watch football. You see it on the telly and I just tried to get into it as much as possible, with the songs and trying to understand what they were singing.

First Football Shirt Owned

A Man United one. I think it was a red one with Sharp on the front and the old crest, which they’ve now got back on the new shirt. The Steve Bruce era … but it wasn’t his name on the back! I think it was Cantona!

First Pair Of Football Boots

Puma Kings. Red with a white stripe on. Lively! I didn’t have them long. I wanted to be like Ryan Giggs, so I got some Reebok Sidewinders. And then David Beckham started coming through and he was the man, so it was all about Adidas Predators from then on!

Favourite Player

In this country, I’d say David Beckham. With my dad being a Man United fan, I just loved the way Beckham played football and what he did for club and country.

First Junior Team

Hadley Juniors. Just a local club. I was there from Under-6 and it was just like playing with my mates really. I loved it. I used to hate losing then as well, I used to cry if we did!

Age You Were Scouted

I got scouted when I was eight. It was amazing to be picked up by my local club, Wolves, getting to wear the kit and travelling around the country playing the likes of Liverpool and Man United. It was just a fantastic moment for me and my family. My brother is a couple of years younger than me and he got signed at a similar time.

Professional Debut

It was August 2007, Wolves vs. Bradford City at Molineux. It was a massive occasion, the fact that it was at Molineux and all my family and friends were there. It was a Carling Cup tie and we won 2-1. Charlie Mulgrew also played … and we both got brought off before the second half!

Best Memory in Football

This is a hard one. I’d probably say playing in the Premier League. It was something as a kid I always wanted to do. I grew up watching Match of the Day, so to play in the Premier League and see yourself on Match of the Day was a crazy situation! It’s something I’m very proud of and the culmination of all the hard work you put in when you’re younger.

Best Advice Ever Received

From my dad … ‘if you give the ball away, go and get it back’. And I still try and do that now.

Advice For Young Players

Work hard every day and never let anyone stand in the way of what you’re trying to achieve.

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