Leek Town have paid tribute to Ant Danylyk after the midfielder made his 400th appearance for the Blues in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Evo-Stik Northern Premier League rivals Sheffield FC.
First signed by the First Division South play-off chasers in February 2002 from Stone Dominoes and now number two to manager Lee Casswell, Danylyk quickly established himself as a midfield dynamo in exactly one hundred appearances before switching to Belper Town for the 2004-05 campaign.
After returning via Witton Albion, the 33-year-old spent the best part of three seasons with the Blues, making another 114 appearances in the process before deciding to test himself at a higher level with a move to Conference outfit Altrincham.
A popular player at Alty, he stepped up with ease over 151 games before coming ‘home’ to Harrison Park in December 2011 and later skipper the Blues after signing for Casswell.
Danylyk joins an elite group of players including Dave Sutton on 475 and Gary Pearce with 447 appearances under his belt and the Blues are now hoping he could yet reach the 500 milestone and smash their all-time appearances record.
A spokesman said: “It is obvious how highly he is regarded by managers, teammates and supporters when you consider he is the only player to have been voted the players’ player of the year three times.
“He has also won the supporters’ player of the year three times and was the manager’s player of the year in 2007-08.
“At 33-years-old he surely has at least a couple of seasons still left in him and the appearance record for Leek Town could be his, he could become the only player to break 500 appearances for the club.”