AFC Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh made his 250th league appearance for the Cherries during the 4-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Over the past eight years, Marc Pugh has played and scored in all four tiers of English football.
Eight years ago he was playing in League Two for Hereford United, scoring thirteen goals including three against AFC Bournemouth.
He then went on to join AFC Bournemouth following the clubs promotion from the fourth tier of English football.
In August 2010 the Football Association set a fee of an initial £60,000, with an additional £40,000 in staged appearance related payments and neither Pugh or the Cherries have looked back.
Pugh has played a key role in AFC Bournemouth’s rise through the top three tier’s of English football, with promotion from League One in 2013, promotion from the Championship in 2015 and with the club now on the brink of securing their Premier League status for a third successive season.
Pugh scored 26 goals in League One, 14 in the Championship and so far 5 in the Premier League.
Pugh told afcb.co.uk…
‘It’s amazing, I didn’t even realise the landmark was coming up until I was told recently. I want to play as many games as possible and do as well as I can for this football club.
‘It’s an amazing club to be a part of and just to see how far the club’s come and evolved – and to be a part of that is a great feeling…’
‘…I think about the rise all the time because I love playing football and feel I have such a wonderful life. When I’m not playing football I’m spending time with my family, we always sit down and talk about how far the club’s come.
‘When I signed seven years ago it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come. We had high ambitions but within such a short period of time to get to the Premier League and be mixing with the best is amazing to be a part of.’
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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