Eastbourne Borough's Matt Crabb celebrates 500th game

Matt Crabb
Crabb was awarded a testimonial last year

Matt Crabb has thanked the Eastbourne Borough management team after making his 500th appearance for the club.

The 30-year-old midfielder reached the milestone in Monday's 2-2 draw with Dover in Blue Square Bet South.

Crabb told BBC Sussex: "I've got to thank Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood for giving me the opportunity to be here that long.

"I've absolutely loved being at the club. Hopefully there's a few more years in these old legs."

Crabb, who was born in the East Sussex town, made his debut against Spalding United in the Southern League in August 2000.

"It's going back quite a few years", he added. "Time has gone really, really quickly."

"It's helped with the club being successful.

"The majority of years we've had it's been up, up and up."

Crabb is second in Boro's all-time appearance list, but he does not expect to come close to Darren Baker's club record of over 900 games.

He continued: "Bakes is way out in front. I'd have to be here another 10 years and that's one thing I won't be doing when I'm 40."

"I might still be involved as a coach, but that record will never get beaten."

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