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Veteran goalkeeper Fardell reaches 300 appearances
Nov 20, 2019
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Għaxaq goalkeeper Ludvic Fardell has amassed 300 appearances in the Third Division.
Għaxaq goalkeeper Ludvic Fardell has amassed 300 appearances in the Third Division.

Veteran goalkeeper Ludvic Fardell, of Għaxaq, has set a new record for appearances in the Third Division championship. Last Sunday’s league game against Mtarfa (2-2) was a very special one as the 42-year-old custodian made his 300th appearance at this level, the first player to reach this impressive number in the fourth tier of Maltese football.
 


Fardell came through the youth ranks of Żejtun Corinthians where he made his senior debut, aged 16, on 10th April 1992 in a Second Division league match against Vittoriosa Stars (1-1).

 

Apart from two short loan spells with Mosta in the First Division and two seasons with Birżebbuġa St Peter’s, Fardell stayed with the Corinthians until 2009.

 

After 181 official senior appearances with Żejtun, Fardell joined Għaxaq in 2010 following a short stint with Santa Lucia. He left Għaxaq briefly to join Marsaskala but, in 2012, returned to his current club where he is now in his ninth season.

 

The next game for Fardell will be his 200th for Għaxaq another milestone for the experienced goalkeeper. In total, Fardell has played 441 matches in Malta FA competitions.

 

200+ APPEARANCES IN THE THIRD DIVISION

 

300 – Ludvic Fardell (Żejtun Corinthians, Birżebbuġa St Peter’s, Santa Lucia, Għaxaq, Marsaskala)

248 – Elton Caruana (Żejtun Corinthians, Kirkop United, Għaxaq, Marsaskala, Luqa St Andrews, Swieqi United, Marsaxlokk, Xgħajra Tornados)
220 – Jonathan Cachia (Fgura United, Birżebbuġa St Peter’s, Gudja United, Xgħajra Tornados, Kalkara, Marsaskala)
218 – Noel Tabone (Birżebbuga St Peter’s, Għaxaq, Kalkara, Xgħajra Tornados, Marsaskala)
211 – Martin Portelli (Kalkara, Xgħajra Tornados, Gudja United, Fgura United, Qrendi)
207 – Clayton Xuereb (Għaxaq, Xgħajra Tornados)

 

Two players who have certainly amassed 200 appearances at this level are Charles Agius, who played for Ta’ Xbiex FC, and Wistin Vella, of Mġarr United. Both were active in the Third Division in the eighties, nineties and at the start of this century. Their total of official matches has yet to be ascertained.

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