Neil Redfearn is set to step out for his 1000th game this weekend. The incredible journey started off in 1982 at Bolton Wanderers where he made his debut as a 17 year old, and will hit the milestone at Bradford Park Avenue who ply their trade in the Unibond League’s Division One. His 1000th game will be the FA Trophy second round tie
with Solihull, and looking back, Redfearn has played for a whopping 14 clubs, including a stint in the Premiership, and now further down the ladder with more humble surroundings.
What on earth keeps him going? "That’s easy," Redfearn told BBC Sport, "I love playing football."
"It seems a long time ago since I made my debut as a 17-year-old with Bolton but I think I have enjoyed every game. I never lose sight of the fact that I have been privileged to be a professional footballer. But the enjoyment I get from playing has always been there and I think that might have prolonged my career. If you treat it as just a job, you’re not going to keep going. I just love playing, and that’s why I’m still pulling my boots on."
It is nigh on impossible to think of a modern day Premiership footballer wanting to keep dropping down the leagues and still play week after week. "Perhaps the guys who play at a higher level feel there’s a stigma attached to dropping down." says Redfearn
"I have nicked three or four goals for Bradford this season and although there were only 200-300 people there it still gives you the