Stalwart Alexander reaches 1,000 games

Burnley’s set piece specialist Graham Alexander is about as experienced a player as exists in modern football, having plied his trade for years in the Championship and “Division One.”

Congratulations to Graham Alexander, the Burnley spot-kick specialist who is equally renowned for being as prolific from six yards as he is in terms of appearances. Coming on as a substitute in his 1000th professional career game yesterday against Swansea City, Alexander became only the second player in British football history to reach such a monumental milestone, and nearly crowned a very special day with a goal, his free-kick crashing off the woodwork in the second-half. Having scored an impressive 105 goals for four different clubs – Scunthorpe United, Luton Town, Preston North End and Burnley – Alexander also has 40 caps for Scotland. At the age of 39, he is unlikely to amass many more appearances before retirement, but as a servant to the Football League his record is both enviable and unrivalled.

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