On this day in 2017: Gareth Barry sets the Premier League appearance record

Gareth Barry became the most experienced player in Premier League history on that day in 2017.

The former England midfielder made his 633rd appearance in the competition when he played the full 90 minutes of West Brom’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.

His involvement took him past the previous record set by Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.

Barry, then 36, was entering the 21st season of his professional career, which began at Aston Villa and also included stints at Manchester City, where he won a Premier League title, and Everton.

His breakthrough performance drew a lot of attention and West Brom manager Tony Pulis honored him by making him captain for the night.

However, the player himself preferred to acknowledge the achievement without fanfare.

“It will be nice to finish this milestone,” said Barry, who joined the Baggies this summer.

Gareth Barry, left, won a Premier League title with Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA)

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“I haven’t really thought much about it. You are so focused on what you are doing.”

Barry played an additional 20 games this season to bring the record to 653.

There were two more years to his career, although the 2017–18 season proved to be his last in the top flight due to West Brom’s relegation.

After Barry and Giggs, the next player on the list is Frank Lampard with 609. Liverpool’s James Milner, in fourth place with 594, is the highest player still active.

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