Bullet points: Danny comes home at last

Published on 30th January 2023
Author George Dodds

So often a thorn in our side over the years 2023 finally sees Berwick asset Danny Phillips lining up FOR the Bullets.

Last year alone the Middlesbrough-born racer faced us in the colours of Armadale and twice as a guest for Mildenhall – in the league at Shielfield Park and in the play-off semi-final second leg at West Row.

He also crossed paths with some his new team-mates back in September when, having top-scored for the Devils at Kent he was making his way back north from the lunchtime meeting when a phone call diverted him to Mildenhall and a guest appearance for the Tigers against Plymouth, replacing Jason Edwards, injured in the first heat of that afternoon’s double header against the Bullets.

Indeed Danny boy has become the Tigers’ guest of choice, also filling in for them against Berwick in 2021. Perhaps not surprisingly as he was the original NDL track record holder here, setting the fastest time, since lowered twice by Kyle Bickley, on opening night in 2021, again in Devils’ colours.

Danny made his league bow for Scunthorpe way back in 2012, aged just 16, winning the play-offs and Knockout Cup with Cradley the following year.

A switch to Stoke led Newcastle to come calling and he had an extended run in their Premier League side only to be dropped just four meetings into the 2017 season, a year that he made his first appearance in Berwick colours, guesting for the Bandits against Glasgow.

Extended runs in the second tier with first Scunthorpe and then a return to Newcastle were doubled up with Coventry and Belle Vue in the National League and the acquisition of his registration by the Berwick promotion.

After two years of making life hard for the Bullets Danny is now looking to guide them to the play-offs.

He has, in fact, appeared once in their colours – taking part in the innovative inter-club challenge between Bandits and Bullets arranged after Eastbourne’s financial implosion in 2021.

But 2023 sees it happen for real.

Pictures: Taz McDougall, Nia Martin, Jack Cupido
George Dodds
George Dodds

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