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Craig Disley Proud To Make 600th Appearance

18 October 2016

GRIMSBY Town skipper Craig Disley finally got to make his landmark 600th appearance in the professional game at Cambridge on Saturday.

Speaking on Mariners PlayerHD, he said: "Yes, It's been a while coming. It's probably been about four weeks since I've been waiting for it. It's been frustrating for myself of late, not many minutes on the pitch. 

"To get on and get my 600th appearance, it's something I am very proud of. I don't think there's going to be many players in this day and age that reach that many games. Hopefully there's a few more to come."

His league debut came over 17 years ago for Billy Deardon's Mansfield Town. 

The skipper recalls. "My first was in September 1999 at Field Mill.  So that's quite a few years ago now. I came on as a sub in a four-nil win. It just seems like yesterday, it's gone so fast. Obviously I'm getting older now and you need to enjoy these times.

But Craig admits that he's seen more lows than highs in the game.

He said: " I've been lucky to play in some big games. Obviously I got promoted with Bristol Rovers at Wembley. That was in 2006/ 2007. Obviously with the club last year, that was immense  at Wembley, to get us back to the Football League.

"But I've suffered a lot of disappointments as well.  I've lost at Wembley three times. I've lost at the Millennium  twice. So I've had a lot more disappointments  than ups, but you've got to make sure when those ups come along that you enjoy them. They are few and far between in football.

Asked about if he had any plans for when he finally hangs up his boots.

He added: "I'm not sure, it's something that I talk about with my wife. She's telling me I need to get sorted. When football is all I've known since being at school,  it's difficult. 

"Football is all I've been interested in. Hopefully I will be able to stay in the game in some capacity.  

"What that is and how that is, I am not sure."

Craig plans to take his UEFA Coaching badges in the near future.  

Watch the full interview with Craig. 

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