Burnley midfielder Graham Alexander will make his 1000th senior appearance if he plays against Nottingham Forest tonight.

The 39-year-old currently stands on 999 appearances since making his first team debut for Scunthorpe United back in 1990.

He went on to make just short of 200 appearances for the Iron before signing for Luton Town in 1995 for just £100,000. Almost four years and 180 appearances later the Scot moved to Preston North End, where he became a firm fans favourite.

During his time at Deepdale he reached the Play-Offs four times, including three times in the Championship and he also helped the Lilywhites win the Division Two title in 2000.

Alexander surprised many in August 2007 when he moved to Preston's arch rivals Burnley, where he has again proved a popular signing.

In his second season Burnley were promoted to the Premier League, beating Sheffield United in the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, and Alexander remains the third oldest player to score in the top division.

He scored eight goals in 36 appearances in the top flight and since then has taken his goalscoring tally to 128, with the majority coming from the penalty spot.

Alexander has made 32 appearances so far this season, combining playing with a coaching role and Manager Eddie Howe was quick to pay tribute to his club captain: "It's a fantastic achievement for Graham. He's a fantastic professional," he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

"He's been and still is a fantastic player and I think he deserves to make this. Of course I've been conscious of it.

"He's had an extremely good career, not just for Burnley but for other clubs as well.

"He certainly leads by example in training and everything he does and how he prepares and what time of professional he is, so it will be a tremendous achievement when he makes it."

Team mate Steven Thompson has also been paying tribute: "We're all aware he's got one to go and it's an incredible achievement," he told www.burnleyfootballclub.com.

"I hope he gets all the plaudits for it because if anyone deserves it, it's him.

"For a young player coming into football, there's no better role-model. The scary thing is, he's fitter than half of the squad. If you did a fitness test on the squad I bet he'd be in the top 10.

"The guy's a machine. He looks after himself - he's got the body of a 20-year-old. He's a great man."

His statistics include 40 caps for Scotland and one 'B' international cap so he still needs a few more appearances to acheive the 1000 domestic appearances made by Tony Ford, Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.

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