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Jon's Journey

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10:00 12th November 2013

The highs and lows of Jonathan Walters' 100 consecutive PL starts

JONATHAN WALTERS capped off his 100th consecutive Premier League start for the Potters with a goal against Swansea City on Sunday - 1,002 days since the journey began.

The run - the current longest by any player in the top flight of English football - began on Saturday 12th February 2011 with Walters being recalled to the starting line-up for the game against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

In the previous match he'd come off the bench to feature in the 3-2 win over Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium, whilst he started in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield prior to that, which actually makes it 102 consecutive matches he's appeared in.

For the 2-0 defeat at Fulham on 22nd January 2011 he remained an unused substitute - the only league game that he hasn't been involved in since signing for the Club.

He would have more than likely played in that one too had he not endured two hours of football against Cardiff City in an FA Cup replay just days earlier.

In total, he's figured in an impressive 123 league games out of 124 played by the Club following his move from Ipswich Town on 18th August 2010.

Of the 100 consecutive starts, he's seen Stoke win exactly a quarter of them, whilst the Potters have picked up a single point on a further 35 occasions.

Nineteen goals have been scored by the Republic of Ireland international in that time, beginning with his header to start the 4-0 demolition of Newcastle United in March 2011 and culminating in Sunday's neat finish against Swansea.

Whilst he suffered the misfortune of scoring two own goals, and missing a penalty, in the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea last season, he's been awarded the man of the match several times and his performance in the 3-1 win over Liverpool on Boxing Day was just one of those stand-out occasions.

Other memorable goals include the well-worked training ground corner kick strike against West Ham United and the brace against Bolton Wanderers which played a part in relegating his old side.

He's made it into double figures in terms of scoring goals in each of his three full seasons with the Club so far.

With regards to Club records, Walters replicates a feat last achieved by Steve Simonsen in 2008, who went on to make 108 consecutive league appearances (120 in all comps). Tony Allen leads the way though with 121.

Stats

100 Consecutive League Starts
Record: Won 25, Drawn 35, Lost 40
Goals Scored: 19
First Game: Birmingham City away, 12th February 2011 (lost 1-0)
First Goal: Newcastle United home, 19th March 2011 (won 4-0)
Duration: 143 weeks, 1 day (1,002 days)

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