Mark Weatherly

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Mark Weatherly
Personal information
Full name Colin Mark Weatherly
Date of birth (1958-01-18) 18 January 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Ramsgate, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker/Defender
Youth career
? Coventry City
1973-1974 Canterbury City
1974-1975 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975-1989 Gillingham[1] 457 (46)
1978 Koparit 9 (1)
1989-1991 Hythe Town ?
1991-? Margate ?
Teams managed
1991 Margate (caretaker)
1992 Margate (joint manager with Lee Smelt)
1992-1993 Margate
1993-1994 Margate (joint manager with Andy Woolford)
1995 Margate (joint caretaker with Karl Elsey)
1996 Margate (caretaker)
2001-2002 Ramsgate
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Weatherly (born Colin Mark Weatherly in Ramsgate, January 18, 1958) is an English retired Association football player. He spent his entire professional career with Gillingham, where he played in 457 Football League matches, a club record for an outfield player.[1]

Career[edit]

Although born in Kent Weatherly was on the books of Coventry City as a schoolboy but was not retained. He also played for non-league Canterbury City from the age of 15. After his release from Coventry, he was signed by Gillingham as an apprentice and soon found himself making his first-team debut. At just 16 years 218 days he was at the time the youngest player ever to play for the club.[1]

Originally a striker, he was switched to the defence in 1978 and played there or in midfield for the remainder of his career, which saw him play in over 500 matches in all competitions for the Kent club and win the club's Player of the Year award on two occasions.[1]

In summer 1978 Weatherly moved to Finnish team called Koparit. He played there two months and became the first foreign player who had played in Kuopio. After him many English players move to Kuopio and played summers there. The teams they played were KuPS, Koparit and Kuopion Elo.

In 1989 he left Priestfield Stadium and dropped into non-league football. He joined Margate in 1991 and stayed there for ten years, including a spell as co-manager in the early 1990s during which he led the club to a Kent Senior Cup final victory at the ground of his old club Gillingham.[2] He later had a spell managing Margate's local rivals Ramsgate.[1]

In 2007 he returned to Margate as reserve team manager.[3] In 2009 he became Head of Youth Development at Ramsgate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. pp. p330. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ "The History of Margate Football Club". margatefchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Who's who". Margate F.C. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-31.