Wycombe ‘legend’ Bloomfield set to clock up 500 appearances against Sunderland

Wycombe Wanderers captain Matt Bloomfield is all set to make his 500th appearance for the club in the Chairboy’s eagerly anticipated clash with Sunderland on Saturday.

The thirty-five-year-old midfielder was signed by then manager Tony Adams in 2003 after making just one appearance for his home town club, Ipswich Town.

Speaking to the Bucks Free Press ahead of Saturday’s sold-out match against the former Premier League giants, Bloomfield insisted there was plenty still left in the tank and was keen to look forward rather than back. He said ‘I genuinely still get that same buzz and that same excitement that I did when I started out.’

‘The lucky thing I have is I have found that special club that keeps that burning desire in my stomach.’

‘I am lucky I have kept fairly fit throughout my career. There have been injuries along the way but the fire still burns, and I want to achieve a lot more yet in my playing career.’

‘Blooms’ as he is affectionately known, said that last years automatic promotion from League Two was the highlight of his career at Adams Park so far but felt League One survival this campaign would arguably be a bigger achievement. He said ‘The budgets in League Two from what we were competing against was tough. We were maybe halfway down the league in terms of that and this league I am sure we are in the bottom couple.’

‘Some of the money being spent in this league is huge, and we are punching above weight.’


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Bloomfield has seen it all at Adams Park, From nearly going out the League in 2014 to last season’s promotion.

Making so many appearances at one club, particularly in the lower leagues, is a rarity and Bloomfield deserves enormous praise for both his loyalty and his consistent level of performance over so many years.

Ainsworth was quite right to him a Wycombe legend in his pre-match press conference.

 

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