Prolific and much-travelled marksman Mark Danks has joined Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Stourbridge.
Danks, who lives in Stourbridge, has a wealth of experience and was linked with a move to the War Memorial Ground last summer before deciding to sign for Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Hednesford Town from Blue Square Bet North outfit Worcester City
One of non-League football’s most consistent marksmen in recent years, Danks was originally a junior at Wolves before being released in the summer of 2002 as an 18-year-old.
He was signed by Bradford City, who gave him his big chance the following season when he scored against West Bromwich Albion in an FA Cup game at Valley Parade that Bradford lost 3-1
After four substitute appearances for the Bantams, he was loaned out to local club Halesowen Town for the final two months of the 2002/03 season, scoring three times for the Yeltz.
In July 2003 he was confirmed as one of Hednesford’s big summer signings, lining up alongside big Steve Anthrobus in a classic ‘big man little man’ partnership.
Danks was to have a prolific season in front of goal, notching twenty goals as the Pitmen won the 2004 FA Trophy but were relegated to the newly-restructured Southern League in the process
Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers moved to take Danks to Gloucestershire in the summer of 2004, taking advantage of the Pitmen’s relegation to offer the striker a chance at the higher level. Alas, his time at The Lawn was to prove forgettable, as he spent much of his time on the bench, or more consistently, out on loan, with spells at Stafford Rangers, Kettering Town, Bromsgrove Rovers and Cirencester Town in the next two seasons
Worcester finally ended Danks’ frustration in January 2006, signing him on non-contract terms, and his arrival sparked a goal rush, as he ended the 2005/06 season strongly.
This return saw Worcester offer him a deal for the 2006/07 season, with Danks top scoring with sixteen goals for City as they finished in mid-table. The 2007/08 season was along similar lines, with Worcester again finishing halfway up the table
Worcester’s move to Conference South in 2008/09 saw Danks leave St George’s Lane, returning ‘home’ to Halesowen.
He top scored for the Yeltz with a sixteen-goal haul by early 2008, attracting the attention of sides higher up the Pyramid. He signed for high-flying AFC Telford United in February 2008, but failed to score in nine appearances for the Bucks on a short-term deal
Northwich Victoria, recently relegated from the Conference Premier, were Danks’ next port of call in the summer of 2009, and he started the new season in blistering style, scoring at a rate if nearly as goal a game in the early stages of the season.
He scored five goals in one game as Northwich destroyed Bardon Hill in an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round game in September 2009
Despite interest from a number of clubs, Danks re-signed for Worcester – back in Conference North after two seasons away – in the summer of 2010.
He was once again a prolific scorer for City, notching thirteen goals as they finished in mid-table. Danks, however, failed to complete the season with Worcester, after falling out with manager Carl Heeley regarding a trip to Workington.
There had been plenty of interest in the striker from a number of teams after he was released by City, most notably from the Glassboys, but Pitmen boss Rob Smith moved to snap up Danks ahead of the 2011/12.