Record breaker Humphreys not stopping yet

Ritchie Humphreys turns away with the ball after coming on as a late substitute during the League 1 away victory in which he made his record breaking appearance for Hartlepool United breaking Watty Moores record of 472 appearances. Picture by FRANK REID.
Ritchie Humphreys turns away with the ball after coming on as a late substitute during the League 1 away victory in which he made his record breaking appearance for Hartlepool United breaking Watty Moores record of 472 appearances. Picture by FRANK REID.
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RECORD breaker Ritchie Humphreys scribed in his name in Hartlepool United folklore and then declared - “I’m not stopping yet”.

The Pools legend amassed a remarkable 473rd club appearance – surpassing Watty Moore’s 51-year record – during Saturday’s 2-1 win at Exeter City.

Humphreys, though, isn’t in any mood to hang up his boots just yet, instead setting his sights on smashing the 500-game mark for the club he has served with such distinction for the past 10 seasons.

“I’m so honoured and so proud that I’ve been able to achieve the record at this great football club because I’ve had such good times here,” an emotional Humphreys told SportMail.

“But I’m not stopping just yet and if you want to set yourself targets then 500 games for Pools would be a good one.

“I could close in on 600 career games as well but I’m just so enthusiastic about playing and training and staying fit.

“I don’t want to finish at the end of this season – I want to keep playing for as long as possible.

“I’ll keep myself in nick so that I’m available – whether that’s starting, on the bench or just part of the squad.

“I don’t want to look back and think ‘I could have played more’, because that’s a regret I’ve heard other players have.

“Until somebody says ‘come on son, you’ve had enough’ or my body tells me myself I’ll carry on because it’s a dream job.”

Read the full story in Monday’s Mail ...