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Milestone Medals For Cork and Barnes

Clarets pair recognised by Premier League after passing career landmarks

29 August 2018

Clarets team-mates Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes have been recognised by the Premier League for reaching new career milestones in the top flight.

Cork made his 200th Premier League appearance in Burnley’s 4-2 defeat at Fulham last Sunday.

And team-mate Ashley Barnes also received a commemorative medal from the league – and award sponsor Cadbury – after making  his 100th appearance on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Cork has reached his milestone through outstanding service in two spells for Burnley – initially on loan from Chelsea – Southampton and Swansea City.

Jack Cork has played 52 Premier League games for the Clarets

And in a nice piece of symmetry, it was back at Craven Cottage in a Burnley shirt that the England international, 29, repeated his Premier League debut on the same ground for the Clarets to chalk up his latest landmark game.

“It was nice to go back there and have my 200th appearance last weekend. It’s just a shame we didn’t get a result either time, but I’m proud to have made that number of appearances,” said the midfielder, whose top-flight bow came as the Clarets headed for relegation in February, 2010,

“I was only on loan at Burnley and it was a tough time at that moment.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen, so I was just happy to have made a few appearances at the time.

“You don’t necessarily think then that you would make this many so it’s great to have worked out this way and it’s nice to have got to 200 back at Burnley.

“I am grateful to Southampton and Swansea as well for giving me the opportunity to play so many games.

“It’s been enjoyable and hopefully there are more to come.”

Ashley Barnes has scored 20 Premier League goals for the Clarets

Barnes’ landmark game at Southampton also saw him become the first player to make 100 Premier League appearances for the Clarets since signing from Brighton in January, 2014 – twice helping Sean Dyche’s side win promotion to the top flight during his near five years with the club.

“It’s a nice achievement,” said the striker, also the Clarets’ leading scorer in Premier League football after making the long climb up from non-league football with Paulton Rovers via Plymouth Argyle and a host of early loan moves.  

“At the moment you don’t look at it too much, but come the end of my career it’s the kind of thing that you’ll look back on as something good.

“As a kid you always dreamt of one Premier League match, just to show what you could do, so to achieve 100 in quite short space of time is a fantastic thing.

“You want to play as many as possible and hopefully that will happen if I keep continuing to work hard and contributing.”

Meanwhile, Ben Mee will add his name to the roll of honour if he faces Manchester United on Sunday in what will be his 100th Premier League game.  

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