Milner breaks Crouch record for substitute appearances

24 Apr 2021
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Liverpool midfielder comes on for a landmark 159th time in the draw with Newcastle

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It was a frustrating match for James Milner as Liverpool drew 1-1 with his former side Newcastle United but the 35-year-old did break a Premier League record when he came off the bench in the 58th minute. 

Milner's 159th appearance as a substitute moved him one ahead of the record that had been held by Peter Crouch, who was quick to congratulate the new leader on Twitter. 

The record is perhaps under threat from Southampton striker Shane Long, who is 11 substitute appearances back but on loan at AFC Bournemouth at the moment.

Long is one ahead of Jermain Defoe, who holds the record for the most goals off the bench, with 24.

Top 10 most substitute appearances
Player Substitute appearances
James Milner 159
Peter Crouch 158
Jermain Defoe 149
Shane Long 148
Shola Ameobi 142
Carlton Cole 129
Joe Cole 123
Theo Walcott 123
Kanu 118
Ryan Giggs 110

In joint-seventh in the ranking is Theo Walcott, who holds the record for having been substituted the most times. Walcott has been replaced 150 times during his spells at Arsenal, Everton and Southampton. 

See: Premier League records

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