Who will break Bidvest Wits records?

2Oct

Several of the club records held at Bidvest Wits are waiting to be broken, but it will take some doing to knock some genuine club legends off their perch.

The records were all set under the club’s previous name Wits University, before changing to Bidvest Wits when the Bidvest Group bought a controlling stake in 2005.

The official records:

Peter Gordon still holds the record for the most number of official match starting appearances, 415, made at the Clever Boys. The ex-Bafana Bafana cap also holds the record for most goals at the club, 55.

Andy Geddes made the most starts ever in a single season when he started 46 matches in 1986.

And a year before that, Frank McGrellis hit 29 goals, which is still a club record for most goals in a season.

One record held by a player of more recent times is that of the most international caps won while playing at Wits.

Zimbabwe’s Charles Yohane holds that award thanks to a faithful stint at the Students during a time where he was a regular for his country.

Challenge to current team:

The challenge to the current Wits first team is enormous, if any of them hope to etch their names into the history books of a club that started way back in 1921, then it is going to take a high level of commitment.

The difficulty is, however, that the trends have changed in today’s modern football where players spend less time at clubs than they did in the past because of the active transfer market.

In the days of Peter Gordon, for example, it was normal for a player to spend his whole career at one club.

Likely candidiates:

These challenges aside though, there are some young players at Bidvest Wits who, if they stay for a long time, could well go on and break some records.

The likes of Sibusio Vilakazi, who at the start of this season had appeared 65 times and scored 10 goals for the club, could go on and become a club legend.

As for goals scored in a single season, McGrellis’ 29 will take some beating, but in Terror Fanteni and Calvin Kadi, Wits have two powerful goal scorers with a juicy target to aim for.

The most active current internationals are Ofentse Nato (Botswana), Robin Ngalande (Malawi) and Papy Faty (Burundi).

If any of them are to go on and break Yohane’s record, they will need to stay with Wits for more than just a couple of seasons and continue to play regularly for their national team.