Jamie Mulgrew programme article

Posted : 10th February 2018

Inspirational Linfield Captain Jamie Mulgrew joined an elite group of Linfield legends on Tuesday when he reached the magical milestone of 500 Linfield appearances at Warrenpoint. Other greats to have reached the milestone include Tommy Dickson, George Dunlop, Alex Russell, Noel Bailie MBE and William Murphy. The midfield stalwart spoke of his pride at reaching the milestone in an interview during the week.

“I feel very honoured and privileged to reach the milestone. It was a very proud moment for me and my family. I came here as a young boy and to be a part of all the success over the years has been special. Hopefully, I can stay here for many years to come and help Linfield win more trophies. I am privileged to have played with many great players and made great friends over the years.”

The 31 year-old has enjoyed 13 trophy-laden years at Windsor Park, winning six league titles, six Irish Cups, two County Antrim Shields and a League Cup and he is hoping he has a few years left in the tank, before hanging up the boots.

“To captain this Club is a great privilege and I will never take it for granted. I will try to perform at a high level for as long as possible and hopefully with no injuries, I can go on a while yet. When the time comes for retirement, coaching will be an option, possibly even at Linfield. But for now, I am just focusing on helping the team.”

Although Linfield are out of the title race, the twice-capped Northern Ireland international is focusing on getting a run of form together to cement a European place at the end of the season, as Linfield welcome League Cup finalists Dungannon Swifts to Windsor Park this afternoon.

“The Irish Cup is probably our only remaining hope of silverware and the Cliftonville fixture will be huge when it comes around. For now, we need to get points on the board and try to put a run together. I don’t think we could have imagined being in this position after last season but we will work hard and be determined to get ourselves up the table. We’ve shown a bit of character and spirit in recent weeks and that’s maybe something which has been lacking this season, so hopefully we can kick on.”

“When we went a few years without winning anything, I was thinking we’d taken all our previous success for granted but last year was special and we probably exceeded expectations. It’s frustrating we haven’t kicked on but the Irish Cup gives us something to aim for.”

Only Noel Bailie has played more European games for Linfield, with Mulgrew wrapping up an impressive 28 appearances in European competitions. As you’d expect, the current Ulster and NIFWA Footballer of the Year has countless memories from his 500 appearances, including running out against both sides of the ‘Old Firm’.

“I’ve had countless great memories. To walk out at a packed Celtic Park was not something I thought id ever get to do and to play against Rangers on many occasions including my testimonial, it couldn’t have gone any better. When you set out on a football career, it’s all about memories and experiences and I’ve been very fortunate in that regard.”

Everyone at Linfield would like to congratulate our inspirational Captain and leader on his remarkable milestone and hopefully, Mulgrew will have many more appearances to earn and trophies to lift in the blue shirt for years to come.
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