A creative winger
whose crossing abilities generated many scoring opportunities. Mark
was a product of the Norwich City youth team that won the South
East Counties League in 1979/80. His first team debut came in that
same season but the surroundings were somewhat different to his
usual venues. Instead of the Trowse training ground and others of
its ilk, Mark's debut was at Old Trafford. However this was no fairy
tale and the Canaries crashed 5-0. Despite this result, Mark went
on to make himself a regular in the City first team for the next
seven years. In addition to his 213 appearances and 25 goals for
the Canaries, he gained two full England caps in the 1983 tour of
Australia where he played alongside the likes of Peter Shilton,
Trevor Francis and Terry Butcher.
Later Dale Gordon
and Ruel Fox
challenged Mark for his first team place and so in
July 1987 he joined Huddersfield. 27 games later, he joined Middlesbrough
but was only able to make 4 appearances for the Teesiders. A knee
injury threatened his career and he ended up playing for non-league
Hythe Town and failed to impress the management at West Bromwich
Albion (1989). Always a tenacious player, Mark refused to give in.
Spells at Brighton (1989) and Shrewsbury (1992) generated another
81 (73 and 8) league appearances and nine (8 and 1) goals. A brief
spell in Hong Kong with Kitchee in 1992/93 was followed by time
with Sittingbourne then of the Beazer Homes Premier Division. Southwick
was his next destination before joining Fakenham Town whom he managed
from April 1996 through to December 1997 when he resigned this position.
According to Mike Davage's excellent article "Canaries Flown From
The Nest" in the 1998/99 club handbook, Mark joined Mulbarton in
February 1998 and also played in the Old Boys friendly match between
Norwich and Ipswich in May 1998.
Mark informed me at the Norwich City centenary dinner (September
2002) that he has retired from playing, having had over 20 operations
on his knee. As well as working on corporate hospitality for the
club, he runs his own tool-hire company called Rent A Tool, located
on Sprowston Road in Norwich.