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Mark Walters
Mark Walters
Full nameMark Everton Walters
NationalityEng England
Caps (goals)1 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a82 (13)
PositionMidfield
Date of birth2 June 1964
in Birmingham
Height5ft 9in
Joined
15 November 1999 from Swindon Town
Left
26 April 2002 (retired)
Senior clubs
Aston Villa
Rangers
Liverpool
Stoke City
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Southampton
Swindon Town
Bristol Rovers
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.

CareerEdit

Walters started his career at Aston Villa where he made his pro debut aged just 17. He went to make 234 appearances for the Birmingham club before he moved to Rangers in a deal worth £550,000.

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.[1] 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.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1981-82Aston Villa 10
1982-83Aston Villa 221
1983-84Aston Villa 378
1984-85Aston Villa 3610
1985-86Aston Villa 4010
1986-87Aston Villa 213
1987-88Aston Villa 247
1987-88Rangers 187
1988-89Rangers 318
1989-90Rangers 275
1990-91Rangers 3012
1991-92Liverpool 253
1992-93Liverpool 3411
1993-94Liverpool 170
1993-94Stoke City (loan)92
1994-95Liverpool 180
1994-95Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)113
1995-96Liverpool 00
1995-96Southampton 50
1996-97Swindon Town 277
1997-98Swindon Town 346
1998-99Swindon Town 3810
1999-00Swindon Town 132
1999-00Bristol Rovers 308
2000-01Bristol Rovers 264
2001-02Bristol Rovers 260

International appearanceEdit

N.B. England score listed first. (Source englandstats.com)
DateOpponentResultVenueCompetition
3 June 1991Nzl New Zealand1–0Mount Smart Stadium, AucklandFriendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mark Walters Rangers debut at celtic park. YouTube.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.

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