The feeling of entering the Guinness World Records hasn't sunk in yet for PondyFleetwood Town legend Nathan Pond’s contribution to the Cod Army over the past ten seasons has seen him recently earn a place in the Guinness World Records.
Pond is recognised for being the individual to have played in most football divisions for one Club, with this honour achieved last weekend in Town’s first ever League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra.
The 29-year-old has been central to Fleetwood’s successes over the years, and has featured in seven different divisions while on the Fylde Coast.
Those include, the North West Counties League First Division, Northern Premier League Division One North, Northern Premier League Premier Division, Conference North, Conference Premier, Football League Two and most recently in Football League One between March 2003 and August 2014.
When asked about the achievement, Pond said: “It’s a bit of a weird feeling and it hasn’t really sunk in. I’ve had a few text messages and tweets about it.”
It’s an honour Pond would never have dreamt about when he first joined the Club over a decade ago.
He continued: “I didn’t expect we would go this far, we have kept on climbing up the football ladder. It is a surreal feeling to be in the Guinness World Records.
Pond captained the Cod Army in both of their fixtures so far this campaign, and hopes to continue the good form on Saturday: “We got off to a good start against Crewe last weekend and played well on Tuesday night although we didn’t get the result we wanted, however we go to Notts County now with a positive attitude and hopefully come back with some points.”
Boss Graham Alexander, who has managed Pond for the last 18 months, sang the defender’s praises.
Alexander said: “Pondy just gets better and better and to hold a World Record in the number one sport in the world is some achievement and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“We’re really pleased for Pondy. He’s a great pro as we have said on many occasions. We know he won’t get affected by anything, he’ll just keep his head down and get on with his work and that’s what makes him the pro he is.
“It’s great for us as a Club as well to have someone like that within our ranks and representing us. He has led the team in the last two games as well and hopefully his form and rise will continue for many few years.”