Mark started his career as a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur. Failing to make an
impact at Spurs, he spent a short loan period at Brentford and scored one goal
in two appearances.
Released by Tottenham in September 1997, he joined the Daggers and impressed
enough in the reserve side to get his chance in the first team. He made his
debut in an Essex Senior Cup match at Hornchurch in the November. This
performance impressed manager Ted Hardy enough for him to gain a regular first
team place and he has become one of the crowd favourites since.
At the start of the 2000/01 season, Mark spent two months on loan to
Braintree Town as he recovered from a hamstring injury.
In December 2000, Mark made the national headlines for scoring the late
winner for the Daggers in the FA Cup 2nd round match against Lincoln City at
Sincil Bank, and has never lived down his subsequent MotD interview. Mark also
supplied the cross for The Daggers' goal at The Valley against Charlton Athletic
in the 3rd Round, as well as scoring the Daggers' first goal in the Exeter City
2nd Round replay the following season.
In 2002/03 he again scored a vital FA Cup goal, the winner at Crawley to get
the Daggers in the FA Cup 3rd round once more. He then laid on the perfect cross
for the second Daggers goal against Plymouth Argyle in a televised replay,
described as "Beckham'esque" by Mark Lawrenson on MotD.
In the last two seasons Mark has had his injury problems but once again he
popped up with a vital FA Cup goal (picture above) against Crawley to put the
Daggers through to the First Round proper. He missed the second half of the
season altogether though with a back injury and with his contract up and unable
to agree a new one he is now rumoured to be heading to one of several Conference
clubs and also is said to be talking to old manager Garry Hill about a move to
At Forest Green
(copyright Dave Simpson)