Captain reaches 300 top-flight appearances...
STOKE CITY captain Ryan Shawcross toasted his 300th Premier League appearance recently and received a special award from the league to mark the achievement.
Starting from this season, Premier League milestones are awarded to players who reach 100 top-flight appearances this season, as well as 200, 300 and every century mark thereafter.
Each player receives a presentation box from the Premier League containing a special medallion and a plaque commemorating their achievement.
The 30-year-old defender reached his landmark in the home victory over Swansea City last month, ten years on from his top-flight debut against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2008/09 season.
Speaking after collecting the award sponsored by Cadbury’s, the England international said: “When I came here the Club was in the Championship and only had aspirations of reaching the Premier League.
“I know therefore that I’m very fortunate to have played in the Premier League and go on the feature in amount of games that I have.
“I had a terrible first game and I think I was dropped after it. We lost 3-1 and I came off with a chipped tooth, busted lips and I think I broke my nose as well so it was a tough game and I learned a lot.
“Obviously I’ve managed to come back from that and go on to play a lot of games in the Premier League.
He added: “I think the Liverpool game on the final day of the 2014/15 season when we won 6-1 is the game which stands out as my favourite. We were 5-0 up at half time and we've never been 5-0 up in any game before.
“For us to pick up a result like that against such a good team and in Steven Gerrard’s last game for Liverpool , which made it a big occasion live on TV, was fantastic.”