Louie Barry had to chase Fabinho down the tunnel to ask for his shirt back after the pair swapped shirts at full time following Aston Villa’s FA Cup loss to Liverpool.
Barry was one of 11 debutants to start for Villa during Friday’s third round tie after a COIVD-19 outbreak among the Villans first team.
The 17-year-old seized the opportunity to swap shirts with Liverpool midfielder Fabinho at full time – before being reminded by a member of the Villa backroom staff that the shirt from your maiden first team appearance is probably one worth keeping.
Barry scampered after Fabinho to ask for his shirt back and offered the Liverpool man his top back in return – but he was able to keep hold of both.
“I remembered it was my debut shirt!” Barry told BT Sport at full time “Credit to Fabinho I got the shirt as well so got both of them.”
The young forward latched onto a superb through ball from Callum Rowe, shook off defender Rhys Williams and coolly slotted home – before celebrating with an outpouring of emotion.
“It’s the proudest I’ve ever been of myself, and my family were probably screaming at the TV when it hit the back of the net,” Barry added. “It all just happened so quick.
“I was working really hard before and so was everyone else and when I celebrated just everything came out of me. For the celebration it was relief kind of.
“I’ve never been so proud of a team before. From start to finish we gave our all and when I scored I thought we might even have a chance here. Obviously that didn’t turn out to be but we’re a credit to ourselves and a credit to the club.”