Mansfield Town midfielder Murray celebrates his career milestone

TUESDAY’S home 0-0 draw with Lincoln City will not live on in the memory for many Mansfield Town fans, but it was a milestone night for assistant player-manager Adam Murray, who was making his 400th league appearance.

“It makes me feel old. I don’t know where it’s gone,” admitted the 31-year-old, who once ended up in the Priory Clinic in his battle against alcohol.

“I know for the first two or three years I can’t remember anything, but the rest of it has been an amazing journey.

“Including cup games I think I think it’s about 440-something. I have enjoyed my career and I am now looking forward to reaching 500.

“My first game was in the Premier League and I have managed to play at a good standard ever since.

“Maybe I could have played at the top level for longer if I hadn’t made stupid mistakes. But I wouldn’t change anything. What has happened then has made me the man I am today.

“I was carried away with – look at me, I am a footballer I can do what I like.

“I bought a five bedroom house at 17, living on my own, and brought all my mates up from Birmingham which was not a good move.

“A bit of common sense back then and I might have had a better career. But I’ve enjoyed it, I have got a lot of stories and I am looking forward to writing my book.

“My weaknesses back then have become my strengths now.”