Robert Garrett programme article

Posted : 5th January 2019

Linfield stalwart Robert Garrett spoke to 'Look at Linfield' with pride last week, after making his 250th appearance for the club. The midfielder is carrying on a great family tradition, as his great uncle was the seven-trophy winning great, Billy Ferguson.

"I'm very proud and honoured to reach 250 appearances for this club. It's a privilege to wear that blue jersey."

Reflecting on past highlights, 'Ribs' looked back on the dominant 'Double' winning team of David Jeffrey's, as well as remembering two crucial goals he scored.

"Looking back now, the highlight was doing the double 3 years in a row. It’s hard enough to do it once!"

"There's a couple of goals that stand out. The one against Cliftonville at Windsor to win the league in 2010, as well as the one in the last five minutes against the Crues in 2011 to win 1-0 and go on to lift the league a couple of weeks later."

The former Stoke City, Wrexham and Portadown midfielder has had limited game time this season but acknowledges the fine performances of Jamie Mulgrew and Stephen Fallon in midfield, realising he will have to be patient to get back into the team.

"It's obviously frustrating not getting the game time you'd like, but at the minute Jamie and Stevie Fallon are in there and they both have been fantastic. We have a big squad with a lot of quality, so sometimes you have to sit and be patient and be ready for when your chance comes along again."

"My only focus at the minute is on this season and trying to be ready, for when called upon."

Garrett, who signed for Linfield initially in September 2008, has lifted three league titles and three Irish Cups with the club and says the current team has the quality to deliver a good season.

"We have a fantastic squad of players here who are more than capable of delivering success. We just have to keep working hard and giving our best every time we step on the pitch."

As focus turns to the Irish Cup today, every team will be dreaming that this could be their year. Robert Garrett is no different. However, he doesn't want to look past Ballyclare Comrades who have given the Blues a stern test over recent seasons.

"I've some great memories of winning the Irish Cup. The final is the best game you can play in as an Irish League player. All our focus though will be getting past Ballyclare. Any time we've played them over the years in cup competitions, they have always made it a difficult game for us and this will be no different."

Congratulations to 'Ribs' on reaching a fantastic 250 game milestone and everyone associated with the club is hoping the tenacious midfielder will get his hands on more silverware this season, to add to his already impressive collection
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