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Howieson eager for United crunch

Words: ACFC Media

Monday 24 May 2021

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Cam Howieson looks back on his 100th appearance for Auckland City FC and victory in the Gridlock Derby at Madills Farm on Saturday with pride.

Howieson, who has spent much of the first month of the season resting after an arduous summer campaign, took centre stage on Saturday as he became just the 19th player in Navy Blues history to cross the 100-game mark for the club.

The 13-cap All Whites and former Burnley and St. Mirren midfielder has looked sharp and hungry again and he told www.aucklandcityfc.com exactly what it means to him to bring up his century.

It seems not that long ago Howieson brought up his 50th appearance in a 2-1 win over South United in the ISPS Handa Premiership on 13 January, 2019. 

"It's a very proud moment for me to make my 100th appearance and to do it a Gridlock Derby with a 5-0 win made it a perfect day.

"We gave a top performance on Saturday, kept our third clean sheet in a row and scored five great goals. It's never easy coming to Madills Farm because there is a rivalry there but our players deserve a lot of credit for the way we played.

"We played a lot of good football and our aim was to make life difficult for Eastern Suburbs and collectively we did that. The team performance was one of our best of the season," he said.

Auckland City FC's next task is even tougher - a first ever competitive showdown with Auckland United FC at Kiwitea Street on Saturday 29 May 2021.

"It's going to be a tough game but that's what you want to have. The gap between the two teams isn't very big and that means we're going to prepare the best we can.

"We're going to go into the next game with confidence and as always we're looking for maximum points. As a footballer, these are always the games you want to be part of," he said.

Auckland City FC's derby with Auckland United FC kicks off at 3.00pm NZDT.

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Auckland City FC - All-time appearance records
1 Angel BERLANGA 214 games/8 goals
2 James PRITCHETT 203 games/5 goals
3 Emiliano TADE 181 games/122 goals
4 Ivan VICELICH 171 games/15 goals
5 Mario BILEN 162 games/6 goals

6 Chad COOMBES 151 games/26 goals
7 Albert RIERA 142 games/2 goals
8 Takuya IWATA D 138 games/2 goals
9 Grant YOUNG F 128 games/66 goals
10 Darren WHITE 126 games/18 goals

11 Alex FENERIDIS 124 games/21 goals
12 Greg UHLMANN 123 games/2 goals
13 Daniel KOPRIVCIC 120 games/35 goals
14 Paul URLOVIC 115 games/51 goals
15 Ryan DE VRIES 111 games/50 goals

16 Andrew MILNE 108 games/16 goals
17 Adam DICKINSON 106 games/24 goals
18 Cameron HOWIESON 100 games/14 goals 
19 Ross NICHOLSON 100 games/0 goals
20 Jacob SPOONLEY 99 games/0 goals

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