[FM14] It's not you, it's me. I just can't do club monogamy anymore!
Meet Kenny McCulloch, who looks like he could well be the best youth prospect i've ever had come through my own ranks. I've sold all my other keepers and will be playing him every single game to smash that 1000 appearances barrier!
Finally, I have managed to complete this challenge in my epic FM2010 save (Lion's Share). I was trying to find someone to beat Cesc Fabregas' club record when I took over as Arsenal manager in 2023. Fabregas was still at the club, and I gave him a few last appearances before he retired, making 830 appearances for Arsenal and 119 caps for Spain.
The next year I brought Lukas Lange, a German attacking midfielder who I earmarked to beat Fabregas' record. He did so, setting a club record 925 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, but by the age of 36 he had declined so much that I let him go on a free transfer.
However, I also bought German striker Tobias Hensel as a 16 year old in 2024, and despite his considerable potential, didn't actually use him a great deal for the first three seasons. However, it soon emerged that he was a world class talent, and he became a regular fixture in the side, breaking all sorts of goalscoring records, including an incredible season where he scored 63 goals. He was a regular first team starter all the way until he was 35 years old. He was still a useful squad player right up to the age of 37, and shortly before his 38th birthday in October 2046, managed to make his 1000th appearance for Arsenal. He even added a few more as a 38 year old, finishing with 1013 appearances and 586 goals.
The annoying thing about both Lange and Hensel was that I forgot to turn on the German national team, so neither of them picked up a single cap in their entire careers, despite being world class players who surely would have collected around 100 caps each. Lange even took on dual nationality of English but the England manager (Marouanne Fellani!) overlooked him.
For proof, my thread on FM stories has a match report of each and every one of Hensel's 1013 games played. The 1000th match is here. I've got some screenshots of his career here as well: