|Full name||Mark Everton Walters|
|Caps (goals)||1 (0)|
|Rovers apps (goals)a||82 (13)|
|Date of birth||2 June 1964|
|15 November 1999 from Swindon Town|
|26 April 2002 (retired)|
|a League appearances and goals only|
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 30/10/2012
Mark Walters is an ex-England international who played for Rovers between 1999 and 2002 when he retired. He made just under 100 appearances for Rovers in all competitions and scored 14 goals. He was well received by the Rovers fans due to his natural skill and his the way he always performed to a high standard despite his dwindling years.
He became the first black player to play for Rangers. He was subjected to racial abuse during his debut in the Old Firm derby against Celtic at Celtic Park. He would go on to make 143 appearances in Glasgow scoring an impressive 51 goals before following manager Graeme Souness to Liverpool, a move seen as ironic as Walters' middle name is Everton, the same as Liverpool's fierce local rivals. During his time in Scotland he made his one and only England appearance in a friendly against New Zealand.
The deal to take him to Anfield cost Liverpool £1.25 million but his performances could not match those he'd made at Rangers. He was sent out on loan twice and left to join Southampton in January 1996. He made just nine appearances for Southampton, helping them to survive relegation from the Premier League. He was released at the end of the season and joined Swindon Town.
His form remained indifferent, but he remained at the club for three years and made over 125 appearances. He made his final move, at the age of 35, to Rovers. He showed signs of his former abilities but suffered relegation to Division Three while at the club. His final professional football match came in a 1-1 draw with Hull City as a 75th minute substitute for Jamie Shore. His final ever goal came against Plymouth Argyle in a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup.
|1993-94||→Stoke City (loan)||9||2|
|1994-95||→Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||11||3|
- N.B. England score listed first. (Source englandstats.com)
|3 June 1991||New Zealand||1–0||Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland||Friendly|