Darren Ward wants to keep his consecutive games run going

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town captain Darren Ward Town captain Darren Ward

DARREN Ward will make his 68th consecutive appearance for Swindon Town against Shrewsbury Town this weekend and, at 35 years of age, the centre-back has no intention of having a break just yet.

Ward last missed a game when Aston Villa visited the County Ground for a League Cup fourth-round tie in October 2012 and has played every single second of the Robins’ 2013/14 campaign, a remarkable achievement for an outfield player of his age.

However, the former Millwall man feels he is getting stronger with every passing week and he has aspirations to equal and then surpass his previous best, which he believes is a 112-match streak he racked up when he was plying his trade at the New Den.

When asked by the Advertiser what he puts his durability down to, he said: “Paracetemol, Ibufrofen, warm baths, cold baths – in my career I’ve played over 100 games on the spin before and I’ve played more than 550-odd games in total. They’re the things I keep an eye on.

“When I had tests done last season it showed my tolerance is very good and far beyond the level of my age, which is nice to know.

“The more games I play and the more I contribute the better it is for me. I work my socks off every day, probably more so away from football and the training ground than people realise, not that I boast about it. It’s something I keep to myself and it’s a sacrifice you have to make if you want to keep going in your career.

“It’s not always rosy, football. People love you, people hate you and you can’t please everyone unfortunately – you try but it’s not always possible. My age is always going to be thrown in and that’s fair enough – it’s appreciated and accepted but from my results and records it’s probably as good as ever.

“I really do take it game by game and day by day in football because I’ve learned you have to. There are so many things that can happen, it’s incredible, and the more you think about it the more you’re probably prone to finding yourself in a bit of a sticky situation.

“I’m on the side of working hard, putting everything I have in, being there for the players and supporting them and the team as much as I can.”

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6:40am Sat 25 Jan 14

Billy hunt 65 says...

A challenger tank can turn faster than him
#bananas :))
A challenger tank can turn faster than him #bananas :)) Billy hunt 65

7:15am Sat 25 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

I think he's getting weaker every week not stronger.
I think he's getting weaker every week not stronger. smirg kcab

8:22am Sat 25 Jan 14

Oldhamred says...

We are all aware that this season Darren has been a shadow of his former self when compared to last season.
Without doubt, this was as a result of Flints departure which broke up a solid partnership.
I still find it difficult to criticize him too much though as I believe the defence has been sold short this season.
As many have commented before, the suicidal passing along the back line creates pressure and if you factor in the lack of support our defensive midfield offers, it's no surprise we are making mistakes and conceding silly goals.
In addition to that, although not related to current form, Darren should always be respected for how he stuck by us when many others did not.
He took the required pay-cut, and also kept things ticking over when we without a manager.
An asset to the club in my opinion.
We are all aware that this season Darren has been a shadow of his former self when compared to last season. Without doubt, this was as a result of Flints departure which broke up a solid partnership. I still find it difficult to criticize him too much though as I believe the defence has been sold short this season. As many have commented before, the suicidal passing along the back line creates pressure and if you factor in the lack of support our defensive midfield offers, it's no surprise we are making mistakes and conceding silly goals. In addition to that, although not related to current form, Darren should always be respected for how he stuck by us when many others did not. He took the required pay-cut, and also kept things ticking over when we without a manager. An asset to the club in my opinion. Oldhamred

9:17am Sat 25 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

smirg kcab wrote:
I think he's getting weaker every week not stronger.
Minus 3 ?
Oh we'll surprised 3 people thinks he's stronger this season.
Must be his wife and two kids who's gave me negatives
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: I think he's getting weaker every week not stronger.[/p][/quote]Minus 3 ? Oh we'll surprised 3 people thinks he's stronger this season. Must be his wife and two kids who's gave me negatives smirg kcab

9:26am Sat 25 Jan 14

old town robin says...

Oldhamred wrote:
We are all aware that this season Darren has been a shadow of his former self when compared to last season.
Without doubt, this was as a result of Flints departure which broke up a solid partnership.
I still find it difficult to criticize him too much though as I believe the defence has been sold short this season.
As many have commented before, the suicidal passing along the back line creates pressure and if you factor in the lack of support our defensive midfield offers, it's no surprise we are making mistakes and conceding silly goals.
In addition to that, although not related to current form, Darren should always be respected for how he stuck by us when many others did not.
He took the required pay-cut, and also kept things ticking over when we without a manager.
An asset to the club in my opinion.
Thought he had his best game of the season against the Posh, if he can keep that up with a new partnership with Raphael, there won't be too many complaints.

As the captain, he probably needs to be a little more vocal, Flinty liked to remind anyone not pulling their weight and maybe Darren needs to get them working as a unit when defending.
[quote][p][bold]Oldhamred[/bold] wrote: We are all aware that this season Darren has been a shadow of his former self when compared to last season. Without doubt, this was as a result of Flints departure which broke up a solid partnership. I still find it difficult to criticize him too much though as I believe the defence has been sold short this season. As many have commented before, the suicidal passing along the back line creates pressure and if you factor in the lack of support our defensive midfield offers, it's no surprise we are making mistakes and conceding silly goals. In addition to that, although not related to current form, Darren should always be respected for how he stuck by us when many others did not. He took the required pay-cut, and also kept things ticking over when we without a manager. An asset to the club in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Thought he had his best game of the season against the Posh, if he can keep that up with a new partnership with Raphael, there won't be too many complaints. As the captain, he probably needs to be a little more vocal, Flinty liked to remind anyone not pulling their weight and maybe Darren needs to get them working as a unit when defending. old town robin

9:31am Sat 25 Jan 14

Davethered says...

50% less wage 50% less effort , simple. I'd do the same if it happened to me.
50% less wage 50% less effort , simple. I'd do the same if it happened to me. Davethered

9:43am Sat 25 Jan 14

Robinonfire says...

Please have a rest
Please have a rest Robinonfire

11:04am Sat 25 Jan 14

street2000 says...

Why would he need a rest??? You have to do stuff to make yourself tired for a rest????
Why would he need a rest??? You have to do stuff to make yourself tired for a rest???? street2000

11:34am Sat 25 Jan 14

bearwoodred says...

Oldhamred wrote:
We are all aware that this season Darren has been a shadow of his former self when compared to last season.
Without doubt, this was as a result of Flints departure which broke up a solid partnership.
I still find it difficult to criticize him too much though as I believe the defence has been sold short this season.
As many have commented before, the suicidal passing along the back line creates pressure and if you factor in the lack of support our defensive midfield offers, it's no surprise we are making mistakes and conceding silly goals.
In addition to that, although not related to current form, Darren should always be respected for how he stuck by us when many others did not.
He took the required pay-cut, and also kept things ticking over when we without a manager.
An asset to the club in my opinion.
not sure I quite agree. Professional footballers should be able to pass along the back, control well and move the ball around, not matter where they play. Given the amoiunt of time they spend practicing. Flint just used to bypass the midfield all the time with speculative balls that rarely found a town player. It was poor and boring to watch, not to mention frustrating. the ball just comes back and he woud often up end some one and get the chance to put the Radox in the bath for everyone!!

Our problem this season has been silly errors through maybe lack of concentration or that lack of said skills. The defence has had lots of cover, but no matter how much the midlfield supports if you take you eye off the ball then you will be punihsed and Ward does this sometimes with his passing and Hall alot with his control!!

I would rather watch us knock it around, move etc. than have our centre halves hoofing the ball to Ranger whilst the midfleidl look up spotting flying ducks.
[quote][p][bold]Oldhamred[/bold] wrote: We are all aware that this season Darren has been a shadow of his former self when compared to last season. Without doubt, this was as a result of Flints departure which broke up a solid partnership. I still find it difficult to criticize him too much though as I believe the defence has been sold short this season. As many have commented before, the suicidal passing along the back line creates pressure and if you factor in the lack of support our defensive midfield offers, it's no surprise we are making mistakes and conceding silly goals. In addition to that, although not related to current form, Darren should always be respected for how he stuck by us when many others did not. He took the required pay-cut, and also kept things ticking over when we without a manager. An asset to the club in my opinion.[/p][/quote]not sure I quite agree. Professional footballers should be able to pass along the back, control well and move the ball around, not matter where they play. Given the amoiunt of time they spend practicing. Flint just used to bypass the midfield all the time with speculative balls that rarely found a town player. It was poor and boring to watch, not to mention frustrating. the ball just comes back and he woud often up end some one and get the chance to put the Radox in the bath for everyone!! Our problem this season has been silly errors through maybe lack of concentration or that lack of said skills. The defence has had lots of cover, but no matter how much the midlfield supports if you take you eye off the ball then you will be punihsed and Ward does this sometimes with his passing and Hall alot with his control!! I would rather watch us knock it around, move etc. than have our centre halves hoofing the ball to Ranger whilst the midfleidl look up spotting flying ducks. bearwoodred

12:19pm Sat 25 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

smirg kcab wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
I think he's getting weaker every week not stronger.
Minus 3 ?
Oh we'll surprised 3 people thinks he's stronger this season.
Must be his wife and two kids who's gave me negatives
Perhaps he has eight kids?
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: I think he's getting weaker every week not stronger.[/p][/quote]Minus 3 ? Oh we'll surprised 3 people thinks he's stronger this season. Must be his wife and two kids who's gave me negatives[/p][/quote]Perhaps he has eight kids? smirg kcab

8:16pm Sat 25 Jan 14

The Jockster says...

Well Wardy after your showing today you blo0dy well need a rest - to the end of the season would be good? You've been a good servant but it's time to say au revoir mon ami!
Well Wardy after your showing today you blo0dy well need a rest - to the end of the season would be good? You've been a good servant but it's time to say au revoir mon ami! The Jockster

9:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

melnursesear. says...

The Bloke is Loyal...He was S3it on at Millwall...took pay cut to play in lower league..Hmmm..Not the best player to grace SN1 ..there are far worse..I also thought departure of the lofty one affected his game..! Brizzle are doing well are they not..?
The Bloke is Loyal...He was S3it on at Millwall...took pay cut to play in lower league..Hmmm..Not the best player to grace SN1 ..there are far worse..I also thought departure of the lofty one affected his game..! Brizzle are doing well are they not..? melnursesear.

10:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

The Jockster says...

Mel ok Flinty is not having a lot of success at City but I think you're right AF covered Wardy's arse on many occasions but isn't he now in denial ?because surely his best days are behind him? Can't fault him for being Loyal but that dosent win us games I'm afraid.
Mel ok Flinty is not having a lot of success at City but I think you're right AF covered Wardy's arse on many occasions but isn't he now in denial ?because surely his best days are behind him? Can't fault him for being Loyal but that dosent win us games I'm afraid. The Jockster

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