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Joining the 500 club at Linfield is a real honour, says skipper Mulgrew

Special night: Jamie Mulgrew will make his 500th display
Special night: Jamie Mulgrew will make his 500th display

By Alex Mills

LInfield skipper Jamie Mulgrew will tonight join the 500 club.

The 31-year-old midfield workhorse, who moved to the Blues in 2005, admits it will be a special occasion when he leads out the team for their rearranged Danske Bank Premiership clash against Warrenpoint Town at the Q Radio Arena.

Having pocketed six league titles, coupled with six Irish Cup wins among others, Mulgrew's achievements - and his manner on and off the pitch - are a shining example for any budding young footballer.

"I can hardly believe I'm in line for my 500th game," he said. "I had a strong affiliation with the club, being a supporter as a boy. It's something I always wanted to do (become a player).

"It was a dream when David Jeffrey brought me to the club. I went into a dressing room of winners, boys who took great pride in pulling on the shirt. It was a bit daunting for me. I was only 18, but I relished the prospect of playing for the club.

"The success we had was unbelievable. It's only when you look back you realise it was a fantastic achievement, winning so many league and cup doubles on the spin.

"It's difficult to see any club repeating that in today's environment. I count myself fortunate to be part of that unbelievable era."

His immediate aim is to pocket three points from tonight's visit to Warrenpoint.

The Blues are coming off the back of a horrible performance in the Irish Cup against Newry City. Although David Healy's boys booked a quarter-final slot against Cliftonville, they were far from impressive.

"We, the players, are the first to admit that we are not firing on all cylinders," added Mulgrew. "We are way off the mark.

"There were no excuses for the cup game - we were awful.

"We know we are in for another tough time at Warrenpoint. We know we'll have to battle to get anything out of the game."

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