Gloucester City legend Tom Webb wrote himself further into the club’s proud history on Saturday as he made his 600th start in yellow and black – and humbly suppressed talk he should be honoured with a stand name or statue.
The 32-year-old captain led the Tigers out yesterday to reach the landmark figure ahead of their 1-1 draw at home to Harrogate Town.
Midfielder Webb has appeared 674 times in total for National League North Gloucester since his debut in 2001, scoring 38 goals and nine years later he broke the club appearance record held for almost 50 years by Stan Myers.
“To be honest I didn’t know this was happening this weekend,” Webb told the club’s website.
“It means a lot to me. You don’t really have time to think of personal achievements, it’s all about the team and we’re having a good season this year.
“Getting promoted from the Southern League was a massive achievement for the team but on a personal note, being able to sustain this level of football for so long has been great.
“I just hope we can maintain this standard of football for when the football club goes to Evesham next year before going back home.”
Gloucester will groundshare with the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West side next season having been exiled from their old Meadow Park ground since 2007.
Plans have been approved for the club to build a new stadium but Webb quashed suggestions of a tribute when they return.
He said: “There’s been talk of a statue or a stand named after me but I don’t think that will happen; like I’ve said before there are people at this club who put in more hours than me who deserve it more than me, you’ve got to look at other people.”
Boss Tim Harris commented: “I think there should be something for someone who has played the amount of games that he has. He should have recognition, all the fans will be reminded of his performances over the years and be reminded of the energy he brought to the team.”