Ramsbottom United’s club captain Grant Shenton will be making his 200th start between the sticks when the Rams head to Alder House this evening for the match against Atherton Collieries in the Lancashire FA Trophy quarter-finals.

The popular keeper, who took over the skippers armband ahead of the club’s first season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, has been with the club for the last five seasons following his arrival from FC United of Manchester.

Recognised as one of the best keepers at this level of football, Shenton becomes the fourth player in the semi-professional era at the club to reach that mark following John Blackley, Joel Pilkington and Phil Dean.

“For me, he is the best keeper in non-league football,” said co-manager Anthony Johnson.  “Not many keepers at 23 years of age have played 200 first team games and won two promotions as well as being included in the leagues’ team of the year.

“He has been an outstanding member of our squad for the last five seasons and for him to reach 200 starts with us is testimony to just how highly he is regarded.”


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