Gareth Barry re-writes history – ignoring 104 years of football

It will always annoy me. Frustrate me. Piss me off. The re-writing of football history as if it begun in 1992. As if there was no football before the Premier League and Sky TV.

Premier League record this, Premier League greatest season that, all supported by Sky who own rights to no other football. It is an attempt to re-write history for corporate game. And it annoys me.

Liverpool have 18 league title’s. It does not matter that they have not one the Premier League. They have been Champions of England. 18 times.

1989 will always be the greatest end to a top flight season. There is no debate. And Jimmy Greaves – with 357 goals, is the highest scoring player in top flight history.

So last night Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs appearance record. But of course, it was not an all game record. It was not even a top flight football record. It was Ryan Giggs Premier League record.

Arsenal even gave Barry a special shirt to mark the occasion.

633 games plays. A remarkable amount for an outfield player. Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and now WBA. Well done Gareth Barry. But you have not broken Ryan Giggs record. He played 672 top flight games. It is almost like his 40 appearances in the First Division count for nothing. Only another 39 to go.

But of course, Giggs himself is someway off the record.

Now I could not find top flight only records – I am sure someone does have them, but with 1005 league appearances, Peter Shilton must be wondering why the fuss is being made about Gareth Barry.

Barry, incidentally, has the 138th most league appearances in English and Scottish football (no idea why Wikipedia put them together). Giggs himself is just 76th.

This is the top 100:

 

1 Shilton, Peter  England 1005
2 Ford, Tony  England 931
3 Armstrong, Graeme  Scotland 910
4 Hutchison, Tommy  Scotland 863
5 Alexander, Graham  Scotland 844
6 Paine, Terry  England 824
7 James, David  England 791
8 Redfearn, Neil  England 790
9 James, Robbie  Wales 782
10 Oakes, Alan  England 777
11 Beasant, Dave  England 774
12 Burridge, John  England 771
13 Trollope, John  England 770
14 Dickinson, Jimmy  England 764
15 McCall, Stuart  Scotland 763
16 Sproson, Roy  England 761
17 Tait, Mick  England 760
18 Bonds, Billy  England 758
19 Clemence, Ray  England 758
20 Jennings, Pat  Northern Ireland 757
21 Worthington, Frank  England 757
22 Moss, Ernie  England 747
23 Chapman, Les  England 747
24 Millen, Andy  Scotland 745
25 Hartford, Asa  Scotland 744
26 Ball, Alan  England 743
27 Allison, Wayne  England 743
28 Hollins, John  England 743
29 Parkes, Phil  England 743
30 Bruce, Steve  England 737
31 Sheringham, Teddy  England 734
32 Mills, Mick  England 732
33 Methven, Colin  Scotland 732
34 Callaghan, Ian  England 731
35 Seaman, David  England 731
36 Williams, Geraint  Wales 728
37 Perryman, Steve  England 725
38 Peters, Martin  England 721
39 McAllister, Gary  Scotland 720
40 Channon, Mick  England 718
41 Summerbee, Mike  England 716
42 Harris, Ron  England 716
43 Knox, Keith  Scotland 715
44 Cockerill, Glenn  England 714
45 Cairney, Harry  Scotland 710
46 Neal, Phil  England 706
47 Curle, Keith  England 708
48 Wile, John  England 705
49 Lee, Rob  England 703
50 Melville, Andy  Wales 703
51 Martin, John  Scotland 701
52 Southall, Neville  Wales 701
53 Gooding, Mick  England 700
54 Futcher, Paul  England 698
55 Matthews, Stanley  England 697
56 Tunks, Roy  England 694
57 Jones, Roger  England 693
58 Fazackerley, Derek  England 692
59 Allchurch, Ivor  Wales 691
60 Cowans, Gordon  England 688
61 Winterburn, Nigel  England 687
62 Newman, Rob  England 685
63 Knight, Alan  England 683
64 Irwin, Denis  Republic of Ireland 682
65 Meredith, Billy  Wales 681
66 Cherry, Trevor  England 680
67 Hunter, Norman  England 679
68 Speed, Gary  Wales 678
69 Chamberlain, Alec  England 678
70 Marshall, Gordon  Scotland 677
71 McGeown, Mark  Scotland 677
72 Mullery, Alan  England 676
73 Stancliffe, Paul  England 676
74 Robson, Pop  England 674
75 Simpson, Paul  England 673
76 Giggs, Ryan  Wales 672
77 Beagrie, Peter  England 670
78 Foster, Steve  England 669
79 Moore, Bobby  England 668
80 Powell, Chris  England 667
81 Martyn, Nigel  England 666
82 Coyle, Owen  Republic of Ireland 666
83 MacPhail, John  Scotland 664
84 Stewart, Marcus  England 664
85 Kiely, Dean  Republic of Ireland 664
86 Keen, Mike  England 663
87 Cooper, Davie  Scotland 662
88 Hector, Kevin  England 662
89 Dobson, Martin  England 661
90 Edwards, Rob  Wales 661
91 Nevin, Pat  Scotland 660
92 Gabbiadini, Marco  England 659
93 Bryce, Tommy  Scotland 659
94 Beardsley, Peter  England 658
95 Walker, Mike  Wales 656
96 James, Leighton  Wales 656
97 Jackson, John  England 656
98 Thompson, Steve  England 655
99 Walden, Richard  England 655
100 Gemmill, Archie  Scotland 654

 

Keenos

 

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One thought on “Gareth Barry re-writes history – ignoring 104 years of football

  1. Gary

    Absolutely agree with you 100% on this. It annoys me so much that the old First Division doesn’t seem to count when it comes to records being broken or teams past glories.

    Reply

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