UCL Goalkeeper is a World Record Holder.

Bastock beats Shilton
2017-11-14
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A. Goldsmith

Congratulations are most definitely due to Wisbech Town’s goalkeeper Paul Bastock, who is now the proud owner of an absolutely formidable new world record. On Wednesday night (8/9), Bastock equalled Peter Shilton’s astounding tally of 1,249 competitive career appearances when he started in the Fenmen’s 2-1 win at Sleaford. The following Saturday the 47-year-old keeper beat the world record when he lined up for Wisbech in their FA Vase 4-1 victory over Thetford Town on Saturday 11th November.

 

As an up-and-coming young goalkeeper, Paul Bastock idolised everything Peter Shilton did – now the 47-year-old has broken his hero's world record for senior club appearances. The long-serving stopper, who is playing for UCL side Wisbech Town almost 29 years after making his senior debut for Cambridge United, chalked up his 1,250th appearance when he took to the field for the Fenmen’s FA Vase tie with Thetford Town on Saturday 11th November 17. That feat saw Bastock gazump Shilton's tally, which has stood since 1997 when the former England goalkeeper made his last ever career appearance for Leyton Orient. A lot has changed in the three decades since Bastock started out on his record-breaking career as a trainee in Coventry City's youth team, where he was part of the Sky Blues' FA Youth Cup winning team of 1987. It was a run that saw Bastock come up against future Premier League legends Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer in a tense quarter-final against Southampton. And with Coventry's seniors winning the FA Cup three days after the youth side had clinched victory in their own final, Bastock's earliest career memories are laden with silverware. That success wasn't to herald a long career for Bastock at Coventry though and rather than watch on from the sidelines, the then-17-year-old moved to Cambridge to back up Keith Branagan. Since then, Bastock has spent time keeping net for a whopping 18 clubs – including a short stint in Malaysia playing for Sabah FA – but is best known for spending 12 years at Boston United, where he was voted as the Pilgrims' all-time cult hero. Bastock's time at York Street was peppered with happy memories, after winning promotion to the Football League and earning a call up for England C. Bastock who has been tempted to hang up his boots many times in the last few years and has stated that this will definitely be his last season. 

 

Career

Youth Career - 1986-1988 Coventry City.

Senior Career - 1988-1989 Cambridge United, 1988 Bath City (loan), 1989 Sabah FA (Malaysia), 1989-1990 Fisher Athletic, 1990-1992 Kettering Town, 1991 Aylesbury United (loan), 1992-2004 Boston United, 2004 Scarborough, 2004 Dagenham and Redbridge, 2004-2007 St Albans City, 2007-2008 Rushden and Diamonds, 2008-2011 St Albans City, 2011-2012 Boston United, 2012-2013 Worksop Town, 2013-2014 St Albans City, 2014 Royston Town, 2014-2015 St Neots Town, 2015-2016 Dunstable Town, 2016-2017

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