Monday, 25 September 2017

Gareth Barry Sets New Record In Premier League History

Gareth Barry set a new Premier League appearance record Monday night, after starting for West Bromwich Albion at Arsenal.

It was his 633rd appearance in the topflight, having made his debut in 1998.

Barry has now eclipsed the 632-game record set by former Manchester United winger, Ryan Giggs.

The 36-year-old equalled Giggs’ record against West Ham, where he made his 600th start in the division.

Speaking to the West Brom programme before the West Ham game, he said: “The idea of being the first player to start 600 Premier League games and equal Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record is hard to take in.

Gareth Barry

“You don’t really think about these milestones when you’re playing, you just look to keep playing well every week, do a job for your club and stay in the team.

“Naturally I’m very proud to achieve those things today, but hopefully I can keep clocking up the games for a while yet.

“I think there’s gas in the tank yet. While I can still perform at that level and enjoy it all, I’ll keep on doing it.”

Barry made 365 appearances for Aston Villa, after making his debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in May 1998, before playing 132 times for Manchester City.

He featured 131 times for Everton and has so far played five games for West Brom, after signing for around £800,000 in the summer.