Mark Bentley

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Mark Bentley
Personal information
Full name Mark James Bentley
Date of birth (1978-01-07) 7 January 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Hertford, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Grays Athletic (Player/assistant-manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Aveley ? (?)
1998–1999 Enfield 26 (2)
1999–2002 Aldershot Town 81 (15)
2002–2003 Gravesend & Northfleet 27 (7)
2003–2004 Dagenham & Redbridge 25 (6)
2004–2006 Southend United 93 (12)
2006–2011 Gillingham 175 (11)
2011 Cambridge United (loan) 6 (1)
2011–2013 Hayes & Yeading United 53 (3)
2013 Boreham Wood ? (?)
2013–2014 Wealdstone ? (?)
2014– Grays Athletic 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:51, 23 December 2014 (UTC). † Appearances (Goals).

Mark James Bentley (born 7 January 1978) is an English footballer is a player/assistant-manager plays for Grays Athletic.


Born in Hertford, Bentley started his playing career with Aveley before moving on to Enfield in August 1998. He later moved to Aldershot Town, Gravesend & Northfleet (where he won Player of the Year in 2002–03) and Dagenham & Redbridge. On 15 January 2004, he stepped up to the Football League when he signed for Southend United, where he made 93 league appearances including 23 as a sub. He also scored 12 league goals including five in his last season at Roots Hall and was involved in two consecutive promotions.

He was offered a new one-year contract to stay at Southend, but opted to go for the security of a two-year deal at Gillingham, signing for them on 22 May 2006.

Bentley made his debut in the 2–1 home win over Huddersfield Town on 5 August and scored his first goal away to Bradford City in a 4–2 defeat on 12 August.

He was runner up in the club's 2006–07 player of the year award behind Andrew Crofts and signed a two-year contract extension in September 2007.[1]

After coming second in the Player of the Year awards for the 2009–10 season, Bentley signed a new one-year contract for new manager Andy Hessenthaler with a clause stating that if he played a certain number of games it would be extended for another season, taking him to the end of the 2011–12 season.

In March 2011, Bentley signed for Conference National club Cambridge United on a one-month loan from Gillingham.[2]

On 11 May 2011, Bentley was released by Gillingham after serving five seasons with the club, after the club failed to gain promotion from League Two.[3] He subsequently joined Hayes & Yeading United. Following Jamie Hand's departure to Luton Town in early September, Bentley was appointed club captain.

In June 2013, Bentley signed for Conference South club Boreham Wood. Bentley signed for Wealdstone on October 2013, to help with the club's push for promotion to the Conference South. Bentley left the club by mutual consent in the summer of 2014.[4]

Bentley was appointed as player/assistant-manager alongside his role as a coach at Leyton Orient following the departure of manager Jody Brown and a number of coaches.[5]


  1. ^ Bentley Signs New Deal
  2. ^ "Gillingham midfielder Mark Bentley joins Cambridge United on loan". Kent Online. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mark Bentley released from Gillingham contract". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
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  5. ^ "Bentley joins coaching staff". Grays Athletic F.C. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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