Peter Crouch in the 100 Club: A hero on and off the football pitch

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Already one of the most loved players in the Premier League, Peter Crouch cemented his place in the record books by joining an exclusive list this week.

With the opener in Stoke City‘s 1-1 draw with Everton on Wednesday, Crouch became the 26th player to score 100 goals in the Premier League.

Larger than life in more ways than one, Crouch’s distinctive appearance and self-effacing humour have made him a cult hero with supporters for over a decade, but his recent achievement serves as a reminder of the striker’s ability on the pitch.

As the oldest player to reach the landmark, the 36-year-old has hardly been prolific, but he has been consistent and reliable for whichever club he has represented.

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Of course, we cannot pay tribute to Crouch without mentioning his England record: 22 goals in 42 caps – a better goals per game ratio than Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.

Similarly, we cannot pay tribute to Crouch without mentioning he’s one of the footballers we would most like to have a pint with, although we’d probably avoid a dance-off.

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