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Lampard's record run ends at 164.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard's Premiership record run of consecutive appearances ended at 164 after he withdrew from the line-up for last night's clash with Manchester City at Eastlands.

The England star featured for the Blues for his 160th successive match against Portsmouth last month to beat David James' record.

Lampard's run began with an appearance as a 73rd-minute substitute against Leicester on October 13, 2001.

* Other players who became almost permanent fixtures for their respective clubs include:

DAVID JAMES: The England goalkeeper may have earned his `Calamity James' tag in his days at Liverpool, but it was with the Anfield club that he played in 159 consecutive Premiership games between 1994 and 1998, the record Lampard equalled last time out against Newcastle.

SHAY GIVEN: Newcastle's Irish goalkeeper appeared in 140 Premiership games in a row before the birth of his son, Shayne, caused him to miss the 4-1 home defeat to Fulham in November last year.

WAYNE BRIDGE: Lampard's Chelsea team-mate Bridge was the previous Premiership record-holder for an outfield player, making 113 consecutive top-flight appearances for Southampton between March 2000 and January 2003.

MATT HOLLAND: The Charlton and Republic of Ireland midfielder made 223 consecutive appearances for Ipswich before the run ended in October 2001 when he was not selected for a Worthington Cup tie against Crewe.

DAVE BEASANT: The accident-prone goalkeeper claimed 394 consecutive appearances for Wimbledon, Newcastle and Chelsea between 1981 and 1990.

PHIL NEAL: The full-back made 366 consecutive league appearances and 417 consecutive appearances in all competitions for Liverpool between December 1974 and September 1983.

HAROLD BELL: Made a league record 401 consecutive appearances for Tranmere between 1946 and 1955.
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Date:Dec 29, 2005
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