Popular Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree has revealed his pride at reaching 350 Huddersfield appearances.
But he’ll be the first to admit his chances of becoming the club’s record appearance maker is a non-starter.
The England front-row forward reached the 350-mark in Sunday’s 33-14 home Super League defeat at the hands of Warrington Wolves, which meant it was hardly a cause for celebration for one of the club’s most loyal servants!
Crabtree is obviously hoping his 351st appearance in Sunday’s big Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth-round home clash against St Helens is far more positive.
But even if the 31-year-old front-row forward then goes on to reach his dream target of 400 games in the claret and gold, he’ll still fall way short of the leading group.
Club historian David Gronow has painstakingly compiled the leading appearance list, with Team of All Talents forward Douglas Clark on top with 485.
That marked was achieved 100 years ago, with winger Ken Senior second with 474, amassed during the 1960s and 70s.
At the moment, Crabtree is 14th in the all-time list, but will get into the top 10 if he makes his 400 target, which he knows would be an incredible achievement.
“Getting near to the top four or five is probably way beyond my reach,” said Crabtree.
“But making it into the top 10 would be amazing. I know what a proud moment that would be for me.
“There are some true legends of the game in our appearance list, and I know I’ve joined some very esteemed company.
“But for now, my only priority is helping us get over the disappointment of our Warrington defeat and make sure we put things right for the Saints’ Cup tie this weekend. We know we can do it.” Douglas Clark: 485 (Forward).
Ken Senior: 474 (Wing).
Alex Fiddes: 467 (Centre/Stand-Off).
Ted Slevin: 441 (Forward).
Harold Wagstaff: 436 (Centre).
Don Close: 408 (Hooker).
Henry Tiffany: 403 (Forward).
Trevor Leathley: 403 (Centre).
Ben Gronow: 395 (Forward).
Arthur Swinden: 389 (Forward).
Dave Heppleston: 374 (Forward).
Russ Pepperell: 365 (Centre/Stand-Off).
Dave Valentine: 356 (Forward).
Eorl Crabtree: (Forward) 350.
Ernie Mills: 336 (Wing).
Lionel Cooper: 333 (Wing).
Johnny Hunter: 332 (Full-back).
Albert Rosenfeld: 287 (Wing).
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