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Mark Barham

Norwich Career: 1979-1987 (213 appearances, 25 goals)
Current Club: Retired
Date of Birth: 12/07/1962
Nationality: English


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.

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