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Leon Broadhurst chalks up 700th Glassboys appearance

8 months ago By Steven Coney

We would like to congratulate Leon Broadhurst for making his 700th appearance for Stour in Saturday’s game at Workington.

Whilst we suffered a late defeat in Cumbria, the result should not take anything away from what is a fantastic achievement.

Popular midfielder Leon, who first joined the Glassboys in the summer of 2003, has been a wonderful servant to the Club over the subsequent years and has been part of our rise from the Midland Alliance to Step 3.

“It’s a fantastic achievement and I definitely feel like there are a few more appearances left in the legs so hopefully 700 is just the start!” Broadhurst told Black Country Radio’s Adam Parkes.

“I went on trial at Bromsgrove Rovers when Gary (Hackett) was the manager there and when he took over at Stourbridge he invited me down to train. The rest, as they say, is history.

“The club has progressed every year. We’ve got a fantastic backing now, a brilliant fan base and it shows how far we’ve come.

“Stourbridge is a special and unique club. What we’ve been able to achieve is down to Gary, the staff and the hard work from the players.

“There is a great respect around the club and you are very well looked after by Non-League standards. I can’t speak highly enough of the club.”

Leon has been a key part of our memorable moments over the past decade or so and many Stour fans will remember his goal in the 2008 Southern League Division One Midlands Play-Off Final victory at Leamington.

With the game just minutes away from a penalty shootout, Leon popped up with a goal that clinched promotion for the Glassboys despite suffering a bad facial injury earlier in the game.

That kind of fighting spirit has ensured Leon has been one of the first names on Gary Hackett’s team sheet over the years.

He has also been part of our historic FA Cup runs in recent years which included our journey to the Third Round last season.

At 32 years of age, Leon still has plenty left in the tank and he has proven that on the pitch this season, chipping in with ten goals from midfield to make him our top scorer.

Across his entire Stourbridge career, Leon has scored 136 goals and is rightly regarded as one of the best ever to ever pull on a Glassboys shirt.

Congratulations, Leon!

Updated 20:41 - 9 Dec 2017 by Nigel Gregg

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Workington 2-1 Stourbridge - Match Report Leon Broadhurst’s 700th game in a Stourbridge shirt ended in defeat as WORKINGTON grabbed a winner in the fourth minute of added time.
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