Peter O'Grady - 1000 games and still going!
Peter O' Grady started his Old Ignatian career at 18 and is still going strong at the age of 56 - remarkably now playing again for the 1st X1.
Peter has played for all sides in the club and will make his 750th appearance for the 1sts on Sat 2nd March against Albanian.
He has won 7 Premier titles - two as skipper -and has won LOB and AFA Middx Senior cups - however the AFA Senior Cup has eluded him having lost in the final twice.
He has also represented the League representative side and the AFA representative team during his long career.
He is an example to all with his commitment, his fitness (he never misses training) and his desire to win. He's a tough player ro come up against but remarkably has only ever been booked once!
He played mainly at the back but scored his 200th career goal playing for the 1sts a few weeks ago.
His appearance record is:
Side games goals
1 749 125
2 120 23
3 35 6
4 10 7
5 18 5
6 4 1
7 1 2
Vets 63 31
A huge crowd attended his 1000th game on Sat 23rd Feb 2019 generating a great atmosphere - only spoilt by losing 4-2 to league leaders Fulham Compton in Senior 1.
Peter was presented with a club shirt with the number '1000' on the back and more formal presentations (including a letter from Spurs Manager Mauricio Pottechino) will be made at the club's centenary dinner in the summer.
During his early career he played in the 1sts with his three brothers and more recently has been in a 1st team with six nephews! - 7 O'Gradys on the team sheet!
A great career, great achievements, model amateur footballer and he's still going strong!
We must add that this isn't the first time we have seen a player from Old Ignatians play their 1000th game. John O'Brien made the 1000 mark back in 2017.
There must be something in the water...