Sampson praises Gilligan landmark

16 December 2010 12:14
Northampton Town boss Ian Sampson has paid tribute to midfielder Ryan Gilligan's versatility as he prepares for his 200th game for the club.The 23-year-old is expected to start against Morecambe in League Two on Saturday, and reach the milestone. [LNB]Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton: "When I was 23, I'd only played 10 games. It's a great achievement. [LNB]"He's a team player, he's unselfish and he'll play in any position. They're the type of players you need," he added. [LNB]"He's well worth his 200 games."[LNB] [LNB][LNB] However, Gilligan still has some way to go to better the club record for appearances set by Tommy Fowler, who played 552 matches for the Cobblers between 1946 and 1961. [LNB]Manager Sampson himself played 449 times for the club. [LNB]Gilligan scored his first goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday, having notched nine last season. [LNB]"He'll be disappointed he's not scored more goals this season but he'll be happy to have got off the mark," said Sampson. "He does a good job for the team."

Source: BBC_Sport