PAUL Bastock believes his Boston United appearance record could have been beaten... by fellow keeper Aaron Butcher.
Bazza has now made a club record 655 appearances for the Pilgrims, a record that most fans believe will never be bettered.
But the man himself thought that fellow stopper Butcher could have been the one to take his crown.
“I must admit, when I first knew young Butcher was coming through the ranks at the club, I actually thought he would be the one to take my record,” said Bastock.
“He was a keeper who I thought had a big future with the club.
“But it just didn’t happen for him.”
Butcher was a product of the club’s youth team, who progressed to the senior ranks.
But a lack of experience often saw him reduced to occasional appearances from the bench.
In total, 17 of Butcher’s 29 first-team appearances came in a spell at the end of the 2008/09 season, when Bastock believed Butcher would go on to claim the record.
But the arrivals of Tom Evans and James McKeown finally meant there was no chances left for Butcher, who moved on and is currently on the books of Ilkeston Town.
Bastock added: “It just goes to show that in football you need to work hard, train hard and get a bit of luck as well.”