AFC Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh made his 250th league appearance for the Cherries during the 4-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Pugh joined the Cherries from Hereford in 2010, due to being under the age of 24, his transfer fee was settled by a Football Association tribunal.
Pugh rejected a contract offer from Hereford after the winger enjoyed his best season in the Football League, scoring thirteen goals in League Two during the 2009/10 season, including three against AFC Bournemouth.
In August 2010 the Football Association set a fee of an initial £60,000, with an additional £40,000 in staged appearance related payments.
At the time then vice chairman Jeff Mostyn believed the fee was ‘quite excessive’, but after two promotions, that fee doesn’t look quite so bad.
Having scored in League One and the Championship for the Cherries, Pugh went on to score against West Ham United in the Cherries first ever top flight victory, which means that Pugh has scored in the top five divisions of English football.
His appearance against Middlesbrough was his 280th appearance for the Cherries and his 250th in the league.
Pugh’s goal was his 45th league goal and 54th in all competitions.
Pugh told afcb.co.uk…
‘It’s a great day to make my 250th league appearance, But most importantly, we got a crucial three points – but I’m delighted, 1-11 we were electric and started so well.
‘Our pressing was excellent and we showed more desire to win it I think, particularly in those first 10 minutes.
‘Our movements and rotations were superb and we showed great desire, it just shows the characters we have in the dressing room to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat.
‘The big games we turn up, we want to beat last year’s tally.’
Watching Pugh ripping teams apart in the top flight is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had as an AFCB supporter and given the last few years that is no mean feat. It’s the mixture of pride and astonishment that does it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has doubted if he could make the step up on a few occasions in the past only to be proved so wrong time and again. Hats off Marc Pugh. – Join the conversation here.
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