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 40)
Place of birth Hertford, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
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 5 (0)
2013–2014 Wealdstone ? (?)
2014–2016 Grays Athletic 39 (2)
Teams managed
2015 Grays Athletic (player/caretaker-manager)
2015–2016 Grays Athletic (player/manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:48, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

Mark James Bentley (born 7 January 1978) is an English footballer is a coach at Leyton Orient. He was previously player/manager of Isthmian League Premier Division club 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 into 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 Grays Athletic following the departure of manager Jody Brown and a number of coaches.[5] He was then promoted to player/caretaker-manager in January 2015, before being given the job until the end of the 2014–15 season.[6]

Bentley received widespread attention in March 2015 when he put himself on as a substitute in a game: he both scored and saved a penalty kick, helping turn a 2–0 deficit into a 3–2 win.[7]


  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. 
  6. ^ Lambert, Luke (7 February 2015). "Mark Bentley to remain Grays Athletic manager until the end of the season". Thurrock Gazette. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Grays Athletic manager Mark Bentley scores goal and saves penalty". BBC News. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

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