Barry goes top with Giggs as EPL game king

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Gareth Barry equalled the Premier League ap­pear­ance record af­ter West Brom’s 0-0 draw with West Ham.

The 36-year-old drew level with Ryan Giggs’ mark of 632 games at kick-off at The Hawthorns hav­ing made his top-flight de­but in 1998.

He is now in line to break Giggs’ record when the Bag­gies go to Arse­nal on Septem­ber 25.

Barry told the club’s pre­match pro­gramme: “The idea of be­ing the first player to start 600 Premier League games and equal Ryan Giggs’ Premier League ap­pear­ance record is hard to take in.

“Nat­u­rally I’m very proud to achieve those things to­day but hope­fully I can keep clock­ing up the games for a while yet. Look­ing at the stats, to have started 599 out of 631 so far, that is a bit sur­pris­ing be­cause that’s a pretty good per­cent­age.”

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