Shilton hits 1,000

 

PETER SHILTON made himself the inaugural member of British soccer's most illustrious club and insisted: "There's still a bit more left."

The 47-year-old, who made his first-team debut for Leicester against Everton more than, 30-years ago, became the first British player ever to reach 1,000 league games as Leyton Orient hosted Brighton.

He marked the milestone with a clean sheet in a game won by two goals from Dominic Naylor, a player Shilton signed during his spell as manager at Plymouth. It was Shilton's 333rd clean sheet of his league career.

Shilton said: "I want to stay in football and I feel I've still got a lot to offer the game. I don't think I want to give it up. As far as I am concerned I will play as long as I can, as long as I can do a good job although I must admit I would like to get back into management."

The crowd of 8,000 rose as one to cheer Shilton on and off the pitch. The red carpet welcome, complete with a thousand red and white balloons, was accompanied by a trumpet fanfare from the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

There were a series of presentations, including a silver salver from the Football League.