Humphreys proud with record

Defender proud to break Hartlepool record

Humphreys: Record-breaker

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Hartlepool's long-serving defender Ritchie Humphreys has revealed his pride at becoming the club's all-time appearance record holder.

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The 33-year-old broke Watty Moore's record of making 472 appearances for Pools, which was completed in 1960, after coming off the bench at Exeter on Saturday.

The former Sheffield Wednesday full-back has been at the club for almost 10 years and admits that stamping his name in the club's history books was an honour.

He told "I'm immensely proud to have played so many games for the one club and equalling the record took it one step further, but to actually break it was a really memorable occasion for myself.

"It doesn't happen that often these days and to have played so many games, with 472 being the record that I smashed at the weekend, is remarkable.

"When I signed for the club in 2001 I never imagined that I'd be so close to making that many appearances, but we've had some very good times together since I joined.

"Every time my contract has been close to expiring there has been no hesitation in extending my stay here.

"Breaking the appearance record, in my testimonial year as well, was a fantastic honour for me and something I will always remember."