Saturday 28 April 2012

Barclays mark Friedel's appearance milestone

Spurs keeper recognised for playing 300 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches

Against QPR, Brad Friedel played his 300th consecutive Barclays Premier League match

Barclays have presented Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel with a special Barclays Merit Award for his outstanding achievement in playing 300 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches.

It is the longest run of back to back appearances in the Premier League's history.

Friedel’s run started on the first day of the 2004/05 season when he was chosen by Graeme Souness for Blackburn’s 1-1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion.

He played for the 300th time in a row in Tottenham Hotspur's match at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 21st April.

Friedel, 40, has been the first choice goalkeeper for five different managers, never having been dropped or injured for a Barclays Premier League game.

Friedel joined the top flight of English football back in 1997 when he signed for Liverpool.

During his time in the UK he has made 451 League appearances.

Tottenham goalkeeping coach Tony Parks said: "I don't think personally that Brad's record of 300 consecutive matches in the Premier League will be beaten by another goalkeeper."

BRAD FRIEDEL'S 300 CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE MATCHES:

  • 29,013 minutes played
  • 1,526 saves – an average of five saves per match
  • 97 clean sheets
  • 366 goals conceded – only one goal every 79.27 minutes
  • 47 penalties faced – 14 saved
  • Five managers: Graeme Souness (Blackburn), Mark Hughes (Blackburn), Martin O’Neill (Aston Villa), Gerard Houllier (Aston Villa) and  Harry Redknapp (Tottenham)
  • 0 substitutions

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Key Points

  • Barclays mark Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel's appearance milestone
  • Friedel has played in 300 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches
  • Keeper, 40, has no intention of retiring anytime soon