Andy Mulliner in action for Caersws
ANDY Mulliner made 470 League of Wales/Welsh Premier appearances in a 16-year domestic league career before transferring to Ellesmere Rangers in July 2009.
Only two players have made more league appearances and Mulliner, who
first appeared on the scene with Llansantffraid
FC when the club won promotion in 1993, holds the appearance record for a goalkeeper.
He made a total of 212 appearances for the club staying until 1999 - by which
time it had changed its name to Total Network Solutions.
Between 8 August 1995 and 18 October 1997, the keeper played an amazing 117 consecutive
games in League of Wales, League Cup and Welsh Cup matches for the club, including
the memorable Welsh Cup final - the last competitive game to be played at the
old National Stadium in Cardiff.
In fact, apart from a six game loan spell at Aberystwyth, he missed just one League
of Wales game between the start of season 1993/4 and the end of season 1996/7.
Shrewsbury-born Mulliner joined Llansantffraid from east Manchester-based club Curzon
Ashton in March 1992.
He turned from villain to hero in the 1996 Welsh Cup final against Barry Town, when the
mid-Wales villagers were huge underdogs against the full-timers from Jenner Park.
Mulliner had been partly at fault with two Barry goals as the Saints were pegged
back after leading three times.
But with the scores level at 3-3 after extra-time, he blocked Gary Lloyd's spot-kick
with his legs and then, from Town's last penalty which David Withers had to convert,
he pulled off a superb diving save to lift a Welsh Cup medal as Llansantffraid
won the shoot-out 3-2.
A Wales youth and semi-professional international, Mulliner left Treflan in 1999
to join Bangor City, before joining Connah's Quay Nomads the following year.
After a season on Deeside he moved back to mid-Wales, briefly with Newtown before
settling at Caersws, where he made 190 appearances between 2002 and a summer 2008 move to Welshpool Town.