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Monday 07 October 2013

On this day in 2012: Friedel run comes to an end

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Spurs goalkeeper's 310-match run ending

  • Brad Friedel's run began against West Bromwich Albion in 2004

  • Hugo Lloris made his first Barclays Premier League start against Aston Villa

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

7 October 2012 - Friedel's record ends as Lloris starts

It was the end of an era as Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel made way for Hugo Lloris for the match against Aston Villa.

Friedel's astonishing record of playing in consecutive Barclays Premier League matches began in 2004, when he started for Blackburn Rovers in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

For eight years and 310 League matches, Friedel was not dropped nor injured playing for three clubs (Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur) and under six managers (Graeme Souness, Mark Hughes, Martin O’Neill, Gerard Houllier, Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas).

His place at Spurs came under pressure with the signing of Hugo Lloris during the summer and after a couple of appearances in the UEFA Europa League, the France goalkeeper finally made his League bow in the match against Villa that ended in a 2-0 victory.

"Nothing tipped the balance [in favour of Lloris], we understand that Brad has been immense," said Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas. "We wanted to give a continuous run of games for Lloris bearing in mind the Panathinaikos match and two France games coming up, so it keeps his form high and allows us to count on two great keepers. So we are fortunate that we can do this rotation.

"Obviously Brad was disappointed but as a great professional he ended up accepting the decision. We respect his performances and I'm sure he will be back in the team as soon as possible."

Friedel played five more League matches last season as Lloris made the No 1 jersey his own and the American has featured twice so far this campaign, in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when the American goalkeeper lost his first team place