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Tony Kane marks 350th game for United
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TONY Kane marked a landmark 350th game for Ballymena United on Saturday against Portadown joining a select band of only nine players to achieve the feat.
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Only Eric Trevorrow (559), Eddie Russell (559), Billy Cubitt (485), John Sloan (478), Mark Carlisle (436), Des Loughrey (376), Nigel Boyd (376) and Arthur Stewart (372) have accumulated more competitive appearances in a Ballymena United shirt.
Kane joined the Sky Blues in July 2011 after impressing on trial in pre-season under manager Roy Walker. The Belfast native had endured a nomadic footballing experience since leaving Blackburn Rovers, with short spells at Stockport County, Carlisle United and Darlington as well as a short stint in Belgium with Cercle Brugge.
Capped both for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level, Tony returned to the Irish League in the 2010/2011 season with Cliftonville before his move to the Showgrounds that summer. However, the start to his time at the club wasn’t ideal as he received a straight red card on his competitive debut against Lisburn Distillery in August 2011.
Ten seasons later, the full-back turned central midfielder has become one of the most decorated players in recent club history, winning the League Cup in 2017 and two County Antrim Shield winners medals in 2012 and 2016, coupled with two European campaigns in 2017 and 2019.
A renowned dead ball specialist, Tony’s most successful season at the Showgrounds undoubtedly came in the memorable 2016/17 campaign, when he scored 21 goals from midfield. He currently sits on 48 goals scored in United colours, with two more strikes needed to break a notable 50 goal milestone, which would take him into the top 25 in the all-time charts.
Although appearances have become less regular for the popular 33-year-old, he retains a vital role in David Jeffrey’s squad as vice-captain to Jim Ervin.
Congratulations to Tony and thank you for many great years of service to the club.
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