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The Elder Statesman

25 July 2012

Captain feels the number four shirt is right for him...

Skipper Neal Bishop hopes to be the Magpies’ longest-serving player for some time to come.

Bishop joined the club in 2009 and has been an almost ever-present over the last three seasons.

Following the departure of Mike Edwards, who had spent eight years at Meadow Lane prior to his Carlisle United switch, the midfielder has become the most recognised dressing room veteran. 

And it was quite fitting that Bishop switched shirt numbers in the summer, moving from 10 to Edwards’ vacated jersey.  

“I was number four at Barnet, I don’t score enough goals to be a number 10 so number four suits me just fine,” said Bishop. 

“I think Eddy was number four and he was ‘the phoenix’ and a bit of a legend so it’s a big shirt to fill.

“It’s a bit surreal to be honest, three or four years I’ve been here and I certainly don’t feel like the elder statesman. 

“It’s one of those things in football, especially at this level where you get a big turnaround and with the amount of managers we’ve had. 

“Hopefully I’ll be the longest serving player for a few years still.” 

Bishop will be in action tonight, when the Magpies take on Alfreton Town at the Impact Arena. Kick-off is 7.30pm. 

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