Big Fletch Clocks Up 500 Not Out

Last updated : 24 February 2009 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Remarkable by modern day standards, Steve Fletcher has claimed his 500th League appearance for AFC Bournemouth.

Fletcher was quoted on BBC Radio Solent as saying: "It means a lot to me personally as this is renowned for being my club. When you start out as a young player aged 16 you never think you're going to make a dozen appearances never mind 500 for one club. In the period I left to go to Chesterfield and Crawley, Bournemouth was still my club and I always classed it as that. This season is my 20th as a professional. It's hard now to keep in good physical shape. It takes dedication. At 36 years of age it's hard to get up and go to the gym. But coming back here has given me an extra incentive".

Ex-Cherry Jamie Hayter, paid a tribute to his ex-colleague, being quoted in the Bournemouth Evening Echo as saying: "I don't think I'd have scored the goals I did for Bournemouth if it wasn't for Fletch, and that's the greatest accolade I could give him. Fletch was brilliant to play with. In my career so far, he's the player I most enjoyed playing with. It's a tremendous achievement to play 500 league games for a club and I still think he's got a bit left in him from what I hear, so it's brilliant. He's been a great servant to the club. He was great to play with because of his physical presence, which draws defenders to him. I think if you speak to people like myself and Brett Pitman, we'd say that Fletch gives you more space and the freedom to play".
Big Fletch - 500 Not Out