Mark Wilson (English footballer)

Mark Wilson (English footballer)
Mark Wilson
Personal information
Full name Mark Antony Wilson
Date of birth 9 February 1979 (1979-02-09) (age 32)
Place of birth Scunthorpe, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Walsall
(on loan from Doncaster Rovers)
Number 24
Youth career
1995–1997 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Manchester United 3 (0)
1997–1998 Wrexham (loan) 18 (6)
2001–2005 Middlesbrough 16 (0)
2002–2003 Stoke City (loan) 3 (0)
2003 → Swansea City (loan) 12 (2)
2003–2004 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 3 (0)
2004 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
2004–2005 Livingston (loan) 5 (0)
2005–2006 FC Dallas 20 (1)
2006– Doncaster Rovers 139 (3)
2008 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2011– Walsall (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2000 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:46, 28 October 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:14, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Mark Antony Wilson (born 9 February 1979 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire) is an English footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Doncaster Rovers. He has represented England at Under-21 level.


Wilson began his career as a trainee with Manchester United, turning professional in August 1997. He joined Wrexham on loan in February 1998 until the end of that season and made his league debut for Wrexham on 24 February 1998 when he came on as a 38th minute substitute for injured goalkeeper Mark Cartwright in the game away to Burnley. With the score at 1–1 and no reserve keeper on the bench, midfielder Gareth Owen went in goal and Wrexham went on to win with Wilson scoring the winner.[1]

He finally made his Manchester United debut on 28 October, starting the 2–0 League Cup win at home to Bury, and played once more, again in the League Cup that season. He failed to establish himself at Old Trafford, although did play in the Champions League and the Premier League before leaving to join Middlesbrough in August 2001 for £1.5 million, as part of a £3.5 million deal that also took his teammate Jonathan Greening to the Riverside.[2] Unable to settle at Boro, scoring twice in the League Cup against Northampton[3] and Brentford,[4] he had loan spells with Stoke City,[5] Swansea City,[6] Sheffield Wednesday,[7] Doncaster Rovers,[8] and Livingston[9] before joining FC Dallas in the spring of 2005, finally getting clearance to play on 1 September 2005.

He was released by Dallas in August 2006 and returned to England, having an unsuccessful trial with Bradford City in October that year.[10] He joined Doncaster Rovers on a short term contract the following month,[11] and during the January 2007 transfer window signed an 18 month deal with Rovers.[12] In November 2008, he joined Tranmere Rovers on a one month loan deal before returning to the Keepmoat Stadium. Wilson renewed his contract with Rovers in the summer of 2010, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2012.

Mark Wilson has now joined Walsall F.C. on a one month loan from Doncaster Rovers and is likely to start in the team on the weekend against MK Dons.


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