- Will Entertain His Audiences With Hilarious Tales From His Career & Is Also More Than Happy To Take Questions
Mark Wright was born in Berinsfield, Oxford, and is a former professional football player and manager. A gifted defender, he played for Oxford United, Southampton, Derby County and Liverpool during his footballing career. He also won forty-five caps for England and is regarded by many as one of their best performing players during the 1990 World Cup.
Mark began his professional career with Oxford United where he stayed for two years. He signed for the team in 1980 after having risen through the ranks as a trainee. After only two years with the club he was transferred to Southampton where he proved himself to be a great player. He made his debut with the Saints on 17th April 1982 in a match against Leeds at Elland Road. In 1983 he was voted Southampton’s ‘Player of the Year’. During the 1983-1984 season Mark was instrumental in the team finishing runner up to Liverpool in the football League and also reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Mark signed for Derby County in 1987. He was well regarded at the club and became captain shortly after joining. He spent a couple of successful years at the club, but in 1991 he was brought to Liverpool by Graeme Souness.
Mark was named captain in the absence of Ronnie Whelan and as a result he was able to enjoy the great honour of lifting the FA Cup in 1992. Mark was a regular on the Liverpool side until 1998 when he retired at the age of thirty five.
Mark was recognised by Bobby Robson for being a player of high quality and in 1984 he made his international debut against Wales. His only international goal was perhaps one of the most important in the 1990 World Cup. England were playing against Egypt in one of the group stage matches and were finding it impossible to break through the defence. He headed the ball straight into the net after a free kick from Paul Gacsoigne. Mark played superbly throughout the tournament and it was his steady play and top quality performance that made Liverpool so keen to buy him from Derby.
Mark went on to win 45 International caps for England, but this total would undoubtedly have been more if it had not been for the problems with injury that Mark experienced later on his playing career.
Mark’s first post as manager was at Southport (in 2000) where he was successful in taking them from a worrying second to bottom, in the Conference, to a mid-way up the table. In his first full season he took the Sandgrounders to a credible fourth position. In 2001 he went back to where it all started and became manager of Oxford United. He has also managed Chester City and Peterborough United.
Known for his straight talking, Mark is great on the after dinner circuit. He will entertain his audiences with hilarious tales from his career and is also more than happy to take questions.