Mark Draper

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Mark Draper
Personal information
Full name Mark Draper
Date of birth (1970-11-11) 11 November 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Long Eaton, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Notts County
(Kit Man)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Notts County 222 (40)
1994–1995 Leicester City 39 (5)
1995–2000 Aston Villa 120 (7)
2000 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 4 (1)
2000–2003 Southampton 24 (1)
2009 Dunkirk
Total 409 (54)
National team
1991 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Draper (born 11 November 1970 in Long Eaton, Derbyshire) is an English former professional footballer and Kit Man of Football League One side Notts County.

As a player he was a midfielder from 1988 to 2003, notably in the Premier League for Leicester City, Aston Villa and Southampton. He also played in Spain for Rayo Vallecano and in the Football League with Notts County. He represented England at under-21 level. In 2009 he briefly came out of retirement for Non-league side Dunkirk.

Playing career[edit]

Draper began his career as a product of the youth system at Notts County, making his professional debut in December 1988. A talented midfielder, he became recognised by County supporters as one of the greatest young players ever developed at the club.[1] After attracting the attention of a number of bigger clubs Draper was finally sold during the 1994 close season to Leicester City for £1.25 million – a record fee for the club at the time.

Draper spent the entire 1994–95 season at Filbert Street, playing 39 times in the Premier League (to which they had just been promoted) and scoring five goals, though it was not enough to prevent relegation for a side who were never out of the bottom two after November. Despite this he was called up to the England squad by Terry Venables.[2]

His form attracted the attention of Aston Villa, who paid £3.25 million to keep him in the Premier League. Over the next four seasons Draper became a regular in the Aston Villa starting line-up, helping them to a League Cup win in 1996. He received another call up to the England squad, this time by Glenn Hoddle for a World Cup qualifier against Moldova.[3] However he stayed on the bench and was ultimately never capped for the senior team.

Draper fell out of favour in the 1999–2000 season, appearing in only one game to bring his Villa total up to 120 league appearances (7 goals), and was loaned to Rayo Vallecano in Spain. He was sold during that close season to Southampton for £1.5 million. By then approaching veteran stage, Draper added another 24 top flight appearances (with one goal against Middlesbrough)[4] for the Saints before leaving the game.

Draper made a brief playing comeback in 2009, signing for non-league side Dunkirk.[5] Draper was enticed back into the local non league game by Paul Rawden who took Draper to East Midland Counties League side Radford FC as coach and the pair saved the club from relegation, Draper then followed Rawden to Arnold Town season 2012–13 for a brief spell before they both left for pastures new.

Personal life[edit]

He is currently involved in property development.[6] In 2009 Mark rejoined Notts County as their kit man.[7]

In January of 2014 Mark won the award of best dressed ex-pro in the Midlands awards, collecting a tidy sum of just over £350 to aid his start-up clothing line titled 'Draped in Draper'

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