ANDY BOOTH'S century of goals for Town was today hailed as "a tremendous achievement."
The accolade came from Peter Jackson, a man who has both played alongside and managed the 30-year-old striker.
Town's homegrown hero bagged his 100th goal for the club in Saturday's 1-1 draw against mid-table Cheltenham at Whaddon Road.
Captain for the day, Booth's 14th goal of the season wasn't quite enough to take Town to automatic promotion, but it was enough to elevate him to an exclusive club of goalscoring legends.
Booth now stands alongside George Brown (159 goals in 229 matches), Jimmy Glazzard (154 in 321), Billy Smith (128 in 572) and Les Massie (108 in 363) as the only men to have totalled three figures for Town in their 96 year history.
"It's a tremendous achievement for Andy and we are all delighted for him," said Jackson, who witnessed Booth's breakthrough to the first-team ranks in the early 1990s.
"It's a real pity that it didn't count for more on the big day and that we couldn't hold out for those final 15 minutes to clinch promotion, because once again the big man produced for us on the big day.
"I know that every fan of the club will be delighted for Andy, though, because they know what a terrific servant he has been for this club."
Booth's century came in his 278th appearance spanning two spells either side of a five-year stint with Sheffield Wednesday.
An England Under 21 cap with experience of the Premiership both at Hillsborough and in a short loan spell at Tottenham, Booth's best season with Town was the 1994-95 promotion campaign under Neil Warnock.
In partnership with Ronnie Jepson, he hit 30 goals that season including vital strikes against tough opponents Brentford in the play-off semi-final and at Wembley, when Bristol Rovers were beaten 2-1.
"Boothy has had a tremendous career and he's an excellent centre forward," said Jackson.
"I know he was an instant favourite as a kid, scoring some vital goals as Town stayed up in Warnock's first season, and then he blossomed from there.
"He earned a big-money move to Sheffield Wednesday (£2.75m) and, since coming back to Town, he has given everything to the cause.
"Not many people these days will score 100 goals for one club, so it's a very special achievement and, on a personal note, I'm chuffed to bits for Boothy.
"He has been outstanding for me this season both on and off the field, he has been an absolute pleasure to manage and his form is great.
"You only have to talk to Andy for two minutes about how things have gone to realise how much he is enjoying his football again.
"He is feeling fit and strong, he's among the goals and he is causing problems for opposition defences, so long may he continue.
"He's a great example, and no-one will be trying harder to win in the play-offs than Andy Booth."