Skipper breaks all-time record

Gresley skipper Jamie Barrett confirmed his reputation as a club legend on Saturday by breaking the EVO-STIK League club's all-time appearances record.

The 34-year-old veteran was being lauded by the Moatmen this weekend after breaking the 13-year-old record of Gresley Rovers legend 'Sir' Richard Wardle of 624 games in the club's 1-1 draw at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Barrett, pictured, made his debut for the EVO-STIK League South club in midfield on 20th August 2002 before leaving for a brief spell at Hednesford and returning in 2005. After joining Mickleover Sports and Bromsgrove Rovers when the old Rovers hit the financial buffers and playing his last game for the club on April 2009, he made his 'second debut' for the new Gresley against Radford on 11th August 2009 in the East Midlands Counties League.

The Moatsiders captain has been ever present ever since and website and programme editor Robin Mansfield said: "Jamie has won many accolades including manager's player of the year and supporters' player of the year and in 2014 had a spell as assistant manager. But the best accolade comes from previous and present management, board members and supporters alike that Jamie is 'Mr Gresley', a reliable and hardworking member of the club and fully deserves his status a true Gresley legend. Long may it continue."

Image courtesy of Gresley FC/Twitter

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