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Ritchie Humphreys delight at Hartlepool United record

Ritchie Humphreys
Humphreys, who is in his testimonial year, joined Pools in July 2001

Hartlepool midfielder Ritchie Humphreys says he is honoured to have broken the club's appearance record in Saturday's 2-1 win at Exeter, his 473rd game.

The 33-year-old overtook Watty Moore's 51-year-old record, coming on as a substitute with eight minutes remaining to rack up a 586th career outing.

"I'm very honoured to have achieved it," Humphreys told BBC Tees.

"Having spent such happy times, and to have surpassed many names on the list, I feel very honoured and proud."

Player-coach Humphreys has made 22 appearances for Pools this season, having completed a move to Victoria Park in July 2001, and is keen to remain part of first-team coach Mick Wadsworth's plans.

"I wouldn't put a figure on it, I am just so enthusiastic about the game, and I think that can rub off on others as you get older and you still want to play," he said.

"I want to play as long as I can and as long as my body can take it, and I'll keep doing all the right things I can to prolong my career.

"I just enjoy playing football, training, going to work on Monday morning to play football, what a fantastic job that is, and being part of the coaching set up as well has been a great opportunity and hopefully I'm grasping it and learning all the time."

Having begun his career at Sheffield Wednesday, Humphreys has played for Scunthorpe, Cardiff, Cambridge and Port Vale as well as Pools.

Pools win at Exeter was the club's sixth away win of the season, and leaves them 12th in League One.

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see also
Exeter 1-2 Hartlepool
26 Feb 11 |  League One
Humphreys to receive testimonial
15 Sep 10 |  Hartlepool

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