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Paul Bastock: Veteran Wisbech Town goalkeeper set to break Peter Shilton's world record

  • Video report by Chris Dawkes

A non-league goalkeeper is on the verge of breaking a long-standing world record.

Wisbech Town's Paul Bastock has made 1,249 club appearances and will beat Peter Shilton's record if he features against Thetford Town in the FA Vase on Saturday.

The 47-year-old, who started his 30-year senior career at Cambridge United, joined Wisbech on a dual-registration deal from Corby Town in September after being persuaded to keep playing by boss Gary Setchell.

Bastock's greatest achievement as a player was winning the FA Youth Cup with Coventry City in the 1980s, while he was also part of the Boston United team that gained promotion to the Football League in 2001-02.

  • Who are his five toughest opponents?
Paul rates Alan Shearer (left), Matt Le Tissier (centre) and Gordon Cowans (right) as the best players he's ever faced. Credit: PA

Paul has come up against hundreds, if not thousands, of players during his 30-year career so choosing the five best was understandably quite a challenge. After much deliberation though, here are the five names he picked....

  • Alan Shearer - Paul played against Shearer in the FA Youth Cup back in the 80s. Shearer and his Southampton team were heavily fancied to win the competition, but it was Bastock's Coventry City side who emerged victorious.
  • Matt Le Tissier - Shearer's strike partner in those days was a certain Matt Le Tissier. He of course went on to become a legend at the Saints - making more than 440 appearances.
  • Gordon Cowans - Cowans is most known for his time at Aston Villa, but it was while he was with Blackburn Rovers that he crossed paths with Paul. This time Bastock was on the losing side, as his Kettering Town side were beaten by Rovers in the 1991-92 FA Cup.
  • David Speedie - Speedie made his name at Chelsea as part of a prolific strike partnership with Kerry Dixon. He was also part of the Blackburn team that saw off Kettering in the FA Cup.
  • Lee Trundle - Swansea City are now a Premier League side, but they've spent much of their existence in the lower tiers. Striker Lee Trundle was a shining light though and his tricks and flicks made him a household name. Paul came up against him while he was playing for Boston United in the noughties.
  • What's his most memorable game?
Bastock is a legend at Boston United. Credit: PA

Typically for a goalkeeper, Paul rates a goalless draw as his most memorable game!

The match in question was a stalemate between Boston United and Swansea City where Boston held on for a point despite being reduced to nine men.

  • Who's the best player he's played alongside?
David Noble's last professional club was Exeter City. Credit: PA

A product of Arsenal's academy, midfielder David Noble was seen as a decent prospect in the early days of his career.

After failing to make the grade at the Gunners though he took the decision to drop down the leagues and ended up at Boston United where he played alongside Paul.

He's still remembered fondly in Lincolnshire, and Paul rates him as the best he's ever shared a changing room with.

Noble's other clubs include Watford, West Ham United and Exeter City, and he currently plays for St Albans City in the National League South.