Colm McFadden reached another milestone in his glittering career on Wednesday night against Queen’s University in the Dr McKenna Cup.
Wednesday night’s game in Ballybofey was Colm’s 140th appearance at senior level for Donegal in competitive action, i.e., in the Dr McKenna Cup, Allianz Football League and championship football. The Creeslough striker is fast closing in on Brian Roper’s record of 159 games and Matt Gallagher’s record of 147 appearances.
The record is not something that keeps Colm awake at night and are certainly not what motivates him every time he dons the green and gold jersey.
However he does confess as he gets older - he is 30, and turns 31 in May - it does interest him a little more and makes him appreciate all the more the achievement of both Roper and Gallagher.
“It is not something I give an awful lot of thought to. It is not a topic we (players) talk much among ourselves about. Until you rang me I wasn’t sure how many games I had played,” said Colm.
“The last time I was aware of the exact number was in 2012 after the All-Ireland. It was in or around 126 at that time I think and really I haven’t been keeping an eye on it since but obviously I knew it was creeping up and had to be in or around the 140 mark.
“But as for catching Matt and Brian and creating a new record it is not something that bothers me and it is certainly not something that motivates and is not my reason for playing.
“I’m playing because I’m enjoying my football. The last few years have been very enjoyable and we have enjoyed great success so I don’t think any one would want to walk away and leave all that behind them.
“We have a very good squad of players at the moment and I want to be a part of that as long as I can and as long as I am enjoying my football.
“Last year may have been disappointing but that disappointment has been a big motivation for me and the rest of the lads for this year. We all want to make up for that disappointment and show that we are a much better team than we played last year. The target is to do well in the league and give the Ulster championship a right good rattle and hopefully win it again and who knows after that.
While Matt Gallagher’s 147 games is well within Colm’s range, when asked about Brian Roper’s 159, he laughs and answers “we’ll see how the summer goes.”