Though Tony Kane is most notably associated with distinguished service to Ballymena United, the 34-year-old’s Irish League career actually began with a brief stint at Cliftonville.
This afternoon, both Clubs will come together in tribute to the former Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland underage international, whose Testimonial takes place at The Showgrounds.
While on the books of Blackburn Rovers as a youngster, Kane enjoyed loan moves to Stockport County, Cercle Brugge and Carlisle United before a short spell at Darlington preceded his arrival at Cliftonville.
He made his debut in a Premiership fixture at Newry City on February 12, 2011 – and marked it in style with an acrobatic opening goal just 11 minutes into a 2-0 victory.
That would, however, prove to be his first and last strike for the Reds, for whom he made a total of 14 appearances before departing at the end of that season.
He subsequently signed up at Ballymena and, in the following 10 years, found the net 50 times in 358 games prior to joining Dundela last summer.
Today, Cliftonville are pleased to play our part in the Sky Blues’ acknowledgement of Tony’s services and we wish him well for the season ahead with the Duns.