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COLE PROUD OF RECORD

21 September 2018

Skuse and Chambo lead Championship appearance-makers

Cole Skuse says he has a sense of pride at the number of games he has played as he closes in on the 600 mark.

The 32-year-old midfielder and team-mate Luke Chambers are said to be the top two appearance makers in Championship football, with Cole reaching the 400 mark in Town’s draw with Brentford on Tuesday night and the Blues skipper on 420.   

“Chambo showed me that stat the other day. I didn’t realise that,” said Cole, who has clocked up 522 appearances in total after starting his career at Bristol City before joining Town in 2013.

“At this current moment, I look at that and go, yeah that’s nice but I don’t give it too much thought.

"But when I have finished playing I will look back on the games I have played - 500 now - hopefully another 100 or so to come - and I think to play that many is a big achievement.

“It is a source of pride. I would probably say I’m a rare case in the football world in that I’ve had a steady incline through my career.

“When I speak to a lot of lads, they have had ups and downs, probably had to recover from something. I’ve been lucky that since the age of 10 I have always played games and I’ve not had too many injuries.

“I have never taken it for granted that I will be in the team though, never ever and as you get older, you have to do that extra bit on and off the field to give you the best chance of playing games and I think I have done that.”

Saturday’s matchday programme features an in-depth interview with Cole; as well as features with Kayden Jackson, Danny Rowe and Freddie Sears; columns from Chambo and manager Paul Hurst plus a look back at an emotional night on Tuesday when Portman Road paid tribute to a legend.


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