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Big Jon's 'over the moon' on 201

By Ian Appleyard | 18th September 2017

York City's Jon Parkin admitted that he was 'over the moon' to score his 200th career goal at the weekend.

The veteran striker may now be entering the twilight of his career but joins an elite group of professionals who have hit a 'double century' of goals in English domestic football.

Parkin, who made his debut in the Football League with hometown club Barnsley, took 18 years and 14 different clubs to reach the milestone.

His first goal was scored when playing on loan for City, aged 20, against Southend United at Roots Hall on February 9, 2002. He scored his first Bootham Crescent goal in a 3-1 victory against Mansfield Town two months later.

After moving to Macclesfield Town in 2004-05, he scored 26 goals including a first senior hat-trick against Notts County and a goal against the Minstermen! However, his biggest goal tally in a season is 30 when playing for Forest Green in the Conference in 2014-15.

'Big Jon' also scored goals for Hull City, Stoke City, Preston North End, Cardiff City, Scunthorpe United, Fleetwood Town, and Newport County before returning for his second spell at Bootham Crescent last season.

Parkin, now 35, has five hat-tricks on his CV and has also played on loan for Hartlepool United, Doncaster Rovers, and Huddersfield Town.

Speaking after bagging two goals against Salford City in the FA Cup, Parkin said: "It's not been playing on my mind but I wanted to get it out of the way.

"My Mum and Dad, my Brother, and my little boy (Oliver) were there which was nice. I wanted them to be there when I did it - so, obviously, I am over the moon.

"I will probably sit and think about it all later," he added. "But as long as we are getting results, I am not too fussed if I score. I have had my main career so it's all about results really."

Ironically, Parkin described his first half display against Salford as one of the 'worst' of his career adding that he would 'probably' have retired had he missed the opportunity which led to his 200th goal.

"It was a great ball in by Louis (Almond)," he recalled. "If I had missed that I think I would have probably retired!"

Commenting on his second goal which settled the tie and took his career tally to 201 goals, Parkin said: "I scooped it in with my left foot. Morgs had a shot but I don't know if it was going to reach. The goalkeeper was a bit unlucky because he had gone the other way and I managed to divert it to the other side and he just couldn't quite get there."

Parkin, pictured celebrating at Salford with his son Oliver, praised City goalkeeper Jon Worsnop for a brilliant last minute save which avoided a replay.

"People who score the goals get the headlines but that's a save that won us the game," he said.

Parkin, meanwhile, is now looking forward to City's next game in the FA Cup - against South Shields on Saturday September 30 in the third qualifying round.

"If we can have a decent run and get a decent team, it's all finances for the club which can only be good for us," he said. "No matter what game it is, we want to be winning games and definitely not getting beat in games. The longer that continues, the better it's going to be for us."

Watch the full interview with Big Jon by clicking the link below:

 

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