James Hamon hails Exeter City debut as 'best day of my life'

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
James Hamon
Hamon became the first player from Guernsey to play professionally since Chris Tardif played for Oxford in September 2007

Exeter City goalkeeper James Hamon has described making his debut for the Grecians as "the best day of my life".

The 19-year-old made his first start for Exeter in their 3-1 Johnstone Paints Trophy loss at Coventry City.

"It was probably the best day of my life and one of the best experiences ever," Guernsey-born Hamon said.

"At times it was unreal and I just had to think 'I'm here, I've just got to do what I do, it's just a game of football'," he told BBC Sport.

Hamon knew for some time that he would be making his debut in the match, with Exeter's first-choice goalkeeper Christy Pym

Professional footballers from Guernsey
Matt Le Tissier, the island's most decorated player, won eight England caps and played 540 times for Southampton, scoring 209 goals
Goalkeeper Chris Tardif played 85 games for Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Oxford United and is now the goalkeeper at Guernsey FC
Ryan-Zico Black played professionally in the Conference for Morecambe and Kettering Town

"There were a few nerves earlier in the week, but as soon as I got over them I was fine," said Hamon, who came to the club from Guernsey FC having never played for an academy side.

"I was really looking forward to it earlier in the week and in the build-up to it as well.

"I was expecting to be a lot more nervous than I was, but overall I was just very excited to be there."

And Hamon says the crowd of over 7,000 was a different world from the match which had previously been the biggest in his career, an Under-21 encounter between his native Guernsey away at their bitter Channel Islands rivals Jersey.

"There was probably 600 or 700 for that match at Springfield, so it was a massive jump up," he said,

"But it's something I love doing and hopefully I'll have the chance to play more games in the future."

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