Congratulations, Andrew Durante

Andrew Durante is one of the good guys of the A-League and this week he will equal Danny Vukovic’s record for most appearances with 278. Unlike Vukovic, Durante has only played for two clubs, Newcastle Jets and the Wellington Phoenix, the latter he is edging close to 10 years at, which is an incredible milestone given players have been known to move around A-League clubs during their careers. To celebrate Durante’s achievement, we’re going to give you a rundown of his career, the longest in the A-League.

Most A-League appearances

  • Danny Vukovic -278 matches
  • Andrew Durante -277 matches*
  • Eugene Galekovic -261 matches*
  • Nikolai Topor-Stanley -253 matches*
  • Leigh Broxham -251 matches*

Most appearances for one club

  • Leigh Broxham -251 matches* for Melbourne Victory
  • Eugene Galekovic -238 matches for Adelaide United
  • Andrew Durante -237 matches* for Wellington Phoenix
  • Matt McKay -237 matches* for Brisbane Roar
  • John Hutchinson -228 matches for Central Coast Mariners
  • Archie Thompson -224 matches for Melbourne Victory

Most appearances as captain

Following his 2007-08 season where he won the A-League championship and the Joe Marston Medal with the Newcastle Jets, Durante left for the Phoenix. He was made captain as soon as he signed and has led the side ever since.

  • Andrew Durante -237 matches* for Wellington Phoenix
  • Eugene Galekovic -137 matches for Adelaide United
  • Matt McKay -128 matches* for Brisbane Roar
  • Kevin Muscat -122 matches for Melbourne Victory
  • Jacob Burns -116 matches for Perth Glory

Most minutes played

  • Danny Vukovic -24,993
  • Andrew Durante -24,222*
  • Eugene Galekovic -23,431*
  • Nikolai Topor-Stanley -22,137*
  • Liam Reddy 21,703*

Durante’s most faced opponents

  • Perth Glory (nine wins) and Melbourne Victory (11 wins) -34
  • Adelaide United (10 wins), Central Coast Mariners (14 wins), and Sydney FC (10 wins) -33
  • Brisbane Roar (nine wins) -29
  • Newcastle Jets (13 wins) -26
  • Melbourne City (seven wins) -21
  • Western Sydney Wanderers (five wins) -16
  • Gold Coast United (four wins) -9
  • North Queensland Fury (two wins) -5
  • New Zealand Knights (one win) -3
  • Wellington Phoenix (one win) -1

A-League stats

  • 96 wins (11th)
  • 62 draws
  • 119 losses
  • 66 yellows (=1st)
  • 1 red
  • 67 bookings (2nd)
  • 67 clean sheets

Personal honours

  • 2007-08 Joe Marston Medal
  • Wellington Phoenix Player of the Season 2009-10 and 2012-13

Most matches at a venue
Durante won’t set the record if he plays against Adelaide United this week, that’ll most likely come against Danny Vukovic’s most recent former A-League club Sydney FC, the New Zealand citizen will have reason to celebrate this week becoming the first Wellington Phoenix player to play 100 matches at Westpac Stadium.

  • Eugene Galekovic – 118 at Coopers Stadium
  • Matt McKay – 116* at Suncorp Stadium
  • John Hutchinson – 113 at Central Coast Stadium
  • Andrew Durante – 99* at Westpac Stadium

 

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