Wolves favourite Phil Parkes hopes his appearance record goes to Conor Coady – but believes the Molineux captain will struggle to overtake his milestone.
Coady is the only player in the country to have played every minute of every Premier League game in 2018-19.
The 26-year-old sweeper has totted up an impressive 73 consecutive League outings in gold and black, and 65 in league and cup.
Goalkeeper Parkes holds the record for consecutive appearances for the club with 171 in all competitions, and 123 in the League, set between September 1970 and September 1973.
Coady therefore needs to play another 50 times in a row in the League for Wolves to match the marker set by Lofty nearly 46 years ago.
If he remains at the club, the earliest he could achieve the record is October 2020.
Parkes reckons his record will take some beating.
“Records are there to be broken, aren’t they? And if it’s going to be anyone, I hope it’s Conor,” said the 71-year-old, who played 303 League games for Wolves and 380 in all competitions from 1967-78.
“But somewhere along the line, I don’t think it will be. I played 171 so if he breaks it, good luck to him. I really do think it will stay, probably after I’m gone.”
Parkes puts his own extraordinary run down to playing through the pain barrier – and the authority of then manager Bill McGarry.
“I think the difference in our day was that we played when we were injured,” added Parkes.
“I played with a broken finger, and I played against Chelsea with a temperature of 104 degrees, because if Bill McGarry said I was playing, that was it.
“That wouldn’t happen now – the manager would be overruled by the medical staff but McGarry ran the club from top to bottom.
“But the goalie from Chelsea (Kepa) overruled his manager, didn’t he?”
Coady was sent off against his old club Sheffield United on September 27, 2017 and so missed the 4-0 win at Burton Albion three days later through suspension – the only League match he missed in 2017-18.
He returned for the 2-0 win against Aston Villa on October 14 and has not missed a League game since.
The last match he missed in any competition was the 2-1 FA Cup third round replay defeat at Swansea on January 17, 2018.
In all, Coady has figured in 160 League games for Wolves and 178 in all competitions since joining them for £2m from Huddersfield in July 2015. His career record is 245 League games and 278 in all.
Parkes’s run ended on September 11, 1973 after a 2-0 home defeat to Leeds. He was replaced by debutant and summer signing Gary Pierce for the next match, at Newcastle, which ended the same, Wolves’ third successive 2-0 loss.
Lofty’s sequence started on September 5, 1970, when he came in for John Oldfield for a 1-1 home draw against Stoke.
Coincidentally, another Scouse centre back, John McAlle, was introduced in the same game and he went on to record 106 consecutive League games, and 137 in a row in all competitions, alongside Parkes.
McAlle’s league and cup run ended on October 24, 1972 for a Texaco Cup, second round first leg 2-1 defeat at Ipswich, when his place went to Brian Owen. In the League, his run in the team stretched on almost another four months, to February 10, 1973 for a 2-1 loss at Manchester United, after which he was replaced by his close friend Derek Parkin, who had been out for six months with a ‘hole in the heart’ scare.
But McAlle was recalled the next game, a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle – the only League match he missed all season – at the expense of Derek Jefferson.