CULLYBACKEY’S Steven Davis tonight (Monday) made history by joining legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings as the most capped Northern Ireland player.
Davis was playing in Belfast where Northern Ireland met Norway in a Nations League match.
Earlier, Northern Ireland captain Davis had said he finds it “hard to sum up in words” what it would mean to him to equal Pat Jennings’ record of 119 Northern Ireland caps against Norway.
“It would be an unbelievable achievement for me,” said Davis.
Davis said he would never have imagined equalling Jennings’ record when he won his first cap in 2005.
“I was delighted to reach 100 caps but to be so close to a legend of the game like Pat is really unbelievable,” added the 35-year-old.
“I take huge pride in pulling on the jersey and while there have been plenty of difficult times along the way, thankfully we’ve had a lot more success with the team recently and want to go on and have more,” the BBC reported him as saying.
Writing on the ‘Ballymena Daily’ Facebook page, one of Davis’ former teachers at Buick Memorial Primary School in Cullybackey, Marlinda Orr, said: “This honour is so well deserved for such a genuinely committed player who has represented N Ireland over the years. Congratulations Steven you are a credit to football, your family and your country. Best wishes for the future.”
Ahead of the match, speaking at a council meeting in Ballymena, Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Peter Johnston, congratulated Davis on being set to join Pat Jennings as the most capped Northern Ireland player.
It was a bitter sweet night for Davis as Northern Ireland suffered a 5-1 defeat.