Midfield ace featured in a landmark 100th consecutive top-flight game last Saturday...
DARREN FLETCHER joined an elite list of players at the weekend after becoming only the eighth outfield player in Premier League history to feature in 100 consecutive matches.
The Scotland international started his ninth straight top-flight game for Mark Hughes as the Potters succumbed to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of AFC Bournemouth.
His appearance at the bet365 Stadium extended his tally to a century having featured in all 91 Premier League fixtures during his two and a half year spell with West Bromwich Albion.
Quite a remarkable feat for a player who featured sparingly for Manchester United during the latter stages of his time at Old Trafford, with many questioning whether he would even play professionally again after missing almost two years of action through illness.
Fletcher’s current sequence of appearances in the top-flight is the longest in the league, with Watford’s Heurelho Gomes, who has featured in 85 straight fixtures, his closest rival.
Ironically, the pair are set to do battle at Vicarage Road this Saturday, where the Potters will be eager to bounce back to winning ways and edge themselves back up the league table.
If the 33-year-old does feature in Hertfordshire then he will join City teammate Peter Crouch and former Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson on 101 consecutive appearances, just one shy of Joelon Lescott (102) and Jonathan Walters, who chalked up 104 during his time at the bet365 Stadium.
He would however, have to feature in every top-flight game for another two seasons if he was to threaten Frank Lampard’s all-time Premier League record of 164.
Outfield players to have made 100 consecutive Premier League appearances:
164 Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
115 Matt Holland (Charlton Athletic)
113 Wayne Bridge (Southampton)
104 Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)
102 Joleon Lescott (Everton)
101 Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur)
101 Roger Johnson (Birmingham City)
100 Darren Fletcher (Stoke City)