Premier League 500 club now has 3 former Newcastle United players
Gary Speed was the first ever player to make 500 Premier League appearances, reaching that milestone when he played in Bolton’s 4–0 victory over West Ham United in December 2006.
In total the midfielder made 535 PL appearances, with 213 of those with Newcastle United.
Signed by Kenny Dalglish for £5.5m in February 1998, Gary Speed stayed until 2004 when he joined Bolton for £750,000.
A new report has shown that Speed has now been joined by 12 other players in total in reaching that 500 PL game total.
The latest being James Milner, who arrived at St James Park just as the Welsh midfielder was leaving.
Signed by Sir Bobby Robson, Milner ended up making 94 Premier League appearances with Newcastle from 2004-2008, though he did spend a season out of that on loan at Aston Villa, who he eventually moved to permanently.
Milner getting his 500th PL game when turning out for Liverpool last weekend.
The last one of the trio of former NUFC players to reach the 500 mark is Sol Campbell.
Signed as a free agent by Chris Hughton back in 2010 after Newcastle won promotion and Mike Ashley refused to allow proper investment in the promoted team (sounds familiar???), Sol Campbell wasn’t great for Newcastle United.
He had been an excellent player for club and country previously but his heart wasn’t in it, ironically though, it was his seven Premier League matches for NUFC that saw him just edge over that 500 mark.
The Premier League players to have now reached 500 PL appearances as collated by Talksport:
Gareth Barry (Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton, West Bromwich Albion) – 653 games
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) – 632 games
Frank Lampard (West Ham, Chelsea, Man City) – 609 games
David James (Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City, Portsmouth) – 572 games
Gary Speed (Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers) – 535 games
Emile Heskey (Leicester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa) – 516 games
Mark Schwarzer (Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, Leicester City) – 514 games
Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) – 508 games
Phil Neville (Manchester United, Everton) – 505 games
Rio Ferdinand (West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United, QPR) – 504 games
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – 504 games
Sol Campbell (Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Newcastle) – 503 games
James Milner (Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool) – 500 games
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