Mark Draycott

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Mark Draycott
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-01-12) 12 January 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Swindon, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hungerford Town
Youth career
Swindon Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Swindon Town 0 (0)
2003 Portland Timbers
2003–2004 Chippenham Town
2004 Wilmington Hammerheads 13 (6)
2004–2005 Swindon Supermarine 21 (6)
2005 Newport County 9 (2)
2006 Sunshine George Cross
2006–2007 Swindon Supermarine 14 (14)
2007 Ventura County Fusion 6 (6)
2007 Cirencester Town 2 (0)
2007–2009 Swindon Supermarine 40 (17)
2009–2011 Didcot Town 46 (16)
2011– Hungerford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2009.

Mark Draycott (born 12 January 1985) is a footballer who plays for Hungerford Town in the Southern Football League Premier Division.

Career[edit]

Draycott began his career as a trainee with Swindon Town, where he scored goals at all levels up to and including the reserves before he was released in 2003. He represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level. He still holds the record for the most goals scored in the FA Youth Cup in one season, breaking the record set by Wayne Rooney, after scoring 11 in the 2002–2003 campaign, including seven in a second round 9–2 win over Chelmsford City.

After being released by Swindon at the end of the 2003 campaign, Draycott travelled to the United States, where he played for Portland Timbers and Wilmington Hammerheads,[1][2] before returning to England with non-league clubs Newport County and Swindon Supermarine.[3]

While with Supermarine he scored six times – a hat trick in each half – for them in a 6–3 Southern Premier League win at Hanwell Town. The English Football Association's official website reported the achievement, noting no player had scored more than five goals in a full England international or Premiership match. It could only find a nine-goal game in an FA Cup first-round game in 1971 and a 10-goal spree in a Third Division match from 1936.[4]

In the summer of 2007 Draycott flew west to join the Ventura County Fusion of the USL Premier Development League, where he was one of the stars of the division, scoring six goals in six games for the Fusion and attracting the attention of scouts from Los Angeles Galaxy.[5] After the Fusion failed to make the PDL Playoffs, Draycott returned to England and, after a short spell with Cirencester Town, joined for his third stint with Swindon Supermarine.

He joined Didcot Town prior to start of the 2009/10 Southern Football League Premier Division, and went on to score 16 goals in his debut season with the Railwaymen.[6] After Didcot he joined Hungerford Town for the 2011–12 season.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demosphere International, Inc. (23 June 2004). "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Demosphere International, Inc. (25 June 2004). "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Draycott not off the Mark
  4. ^ Super Mark's double hat trick
  5. ^ Mark Draycott proving to be a prolific scorer for Ventura County Fusion
  6. ^ Didcot Town FC Stats 09-10
  7. ^ "Hungerford L H 0812". Didcot Town FC. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 

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