Centurions of Meyhem

Throughout the sides history many players have passed through the folklore of the club, but only 14 players have reached 100 or more games for the club. Amazingly most of these players remain at the club today, and have the potential to continue raising their appearances record. Here we look at the first five players on the list.

1. Charles Colbourne 310 appearances. Is it any wonder Charlieboy is at the top of this list, the only player to currently reach 300 games still has a couple of years left in him, so the question must be how high could the clubs appearance record become. He made his debut at the tender age of 17, after promoting from the academy, he also played for England U20’s.

2. Dean Yates 285 appearances. Defensive lynchpin who was with the club from the first day, he has played in every title winning side bar the most recent one as the side promoted to series IV. by this point Yates had retired from playing and had taken up a coaching role at the clubs Youth Academy.

3. Garth Sumerel 242 appearances. Defence and Midfield utility player Garth continues to play an important role for the squad. He is another player to promote from the Youth Academy and is an important player to the side. His all-round ability means he has been able to provide cover all over the pitch whenever needed. He may yet reach 300 games for the club, despite being in the latter years of his career.

4. Chris Pajak 222 appearances. Another Youth Academy promotee, he has found it difficult to get the games on occasion throughout his career so to have managed over 200 games is quite an achievement. He is one of those quiet players that just gets on with the job, and doesn’t necessarily get the plaudits he deserves. A few years back it was discovered that he was the former managers illegitimate child, and upon discovery he changed his name to reflect this. For more information see http://hattrickunited.org/rochdaleutd/?p=748

5. Nitin Agrawal 206 appearances. The fourth player in the top five to originate from the highly respected Youth Academy, Nitin shot out of the blocks, making a name for himself in the Golden League, leading him to be dubbed a future Golden League star and top scorer, however as his career progressed he moved further back in the lines from forward to midfield to defence where he predominately plays now, however he is quite a utility player and also plays in midfield. Club reporter Linden did a spotlight article on him when he was 21 which you can find here.

It may also be of interest to some that these five players were all members of the ‘almost invincibles’ a 15 match unbeaten run in the Golden League, which I believe has yet to be bettered. Some posts on this can be found here, here and here.

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