Solkhon’s now targeting 500 appearances for the Poppies

Brett Solkhon received a special shirt to mark his 400th appearance for Kettering Town from club president Ken Samuel after the 2-1 win over Biggleswade Town on Tuesday night. Picture by Jim McAlwane
Brett Solkhon received a special shirt to mark his 400th appearance for Kettering Town from club president Ken Samuel after the 2-1 win over Biggleswade Town on Tuesday night. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Brett Solkhon believes he can go on to make over 500 appearances for Kettering Town after reaching a personal milestone this week.

The legendary Poppies captain marked his 400th appearance for the club by scoring their equaliser in Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Biggleswade Town at Latimer Park, which moved them up to ninth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The 33-year-old made his debut for Kettering back in 2003 and went on to play a part in some historic moments including the stunning run to the fourth round of the FA Cup back in the 2008-09 season.

After having spells with Corby Town and Brackley Town, Solkhon returned last year and helped the Poppies claim the Division One Central title.

And, having joined the 400 club, Solkhon is now hungry for more.

“It’s a very proud moment,” he said.

“I still remember my first game 12 years ago against Dagenham & Redbridge and scoring a goal on that day.

“Everything in between has been great for me. I have great memories from this club and I am still hoping that they continue.

“I have been very fortunate. There have been some great moments.

“Playing Fulham was an incredible experience.

“I played against a Premier League side in the fourth round of the FA Cup and that’s something I can tell the grandkids about when I am a bit older!

“There are no regrets and I am lucky to have had more highs than lows here.

“I left the club and was away for three seasons and made around 150 appearances for Brackley.

“If you put them on top of the 400 then I would be only 100 or so away from the record (held by Roger Ashby).

“But I feel fit enough and I have the drive.

“I love playing football for this club.

“I set myself goals and I don’t see why I can’t get to that magical 500 mark and hopefully I can do it over the next few seasons.

“And I hope that during that time there are some more great moments for the club.”