Matthew Knox: Making my debut at 16

Credit: Livingston Football Club

You made your debut against St Mirren only four days after your 16th birthday. How would you sum up that experience?

I remember we were one up and I was warming up. Then, David Hopkin, who was my gaffer at the time, called me over. I remember running down the touch line taking my waterproof off because it was raining heavily.

Before I know it, I put my boots on and run on the park as a professional footballer. It was amazing.

We were awarded a free kick within minutes and I was desperate to take it. I had taken a few good ones in training and I was confident.

We had Gary Glen, formerly of Hearts, in the team and he took one before I went on and it was a screamer right in the top corner. So I had pressure on me as I stepped up. He gave me the ball and he said just do what your normally do. It wasn’t my best effort but it showed the trust that the played and the manager had in me at Livingston. It was a moment I’ll never forget and playing football is the best thing because it’s so many young boys dreams and it was mine too.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 350 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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