Davies steps aside for Muddies record holder

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FORMER Gladstone Mudcrabs stalwart Bob Davies is sad to see his record for the number of senior games go by the wayside, but said it could not have gone to a better person than Allan Salgado.

Salgado bettered Davies' mark of 265 senior games for the club last weekend, lifting his tally to 267 after appearing in both the reserve grade and A grade encounters against Glenmore Bulls at Clinton Park.

Davies said it was ironic that Salgado had broken the record, after only taking up the sport when challenged to do so by his mates.

The former rugby league player had previously derided AFL but was soon hooked on his new pursuit.

"Records are meant to be broken, they're only something you hold for a period of time and eventually you know they're going to go,' Davies said yesterday.

I've got a lot of time for Allan, he's a loyal person to the club.

I've known him a long time and he's always been a dogged player. He's like a pig dog, once he latches on he won't stop, he just keeps going.

In the past, Davies coached Mudcrabs teams featuring Salgado, who first donned the Mudcrabs strip in 1986.

Salgado said there was little comparison between the competition now and that experienced in his early years with the club.

'I've seen the club come from a tent to the clubhouse we have now,' he said. 'The showers were a hose so it's sheer luxury now compared to then.

He was proud to better Davies' mark but would enjoy it even more if the club was enjoying a better season with the A grade side yet to register a win.

We didn't expect this year to pan out the way it has, Salgado said. Our A grade needs to win every game for the rest of the season if we're to be in the finals.

Both Salgado and Davies spent enough time at the club to experience the highs and lows of football and both are confident the Mudcrabs will bounce back from this year's struggles.

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