Mark Lovell (footballer)

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Mark Lovell
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-07-16) 16 July 1983 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Beckenham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Tonbridge Angels
Youth career
1999–2001 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Gillingham[2] 1 (0)
2001 St. Leonards (loan)
Hastings United
2006 Sittingbourne
2006–?? Welling United
2007 Sittingbourne
2007 Dover Athletic
2007–2010 Ashford Town
2010–2011 Ramsgate
2012– Tonbridge Angels 47 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:23, 31 August 2007 (UTC).

Mark Lovell (born 16 July 1983 in Beckenham) is an English footballer who plays for Maidstone United. He briefly played professionally for Gillingham. He is the son of former Welsh international striker Steve Lovell,[3] and the grandson of former professional footballer Alan Lovell.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Lovell joined Gillingham, one of his father's old clubs, as a trainee in 1999 and was soon a regular for the club's reserve team, prompting Gillingham to sign him to a professional contract when he was still 17 years old.[4] He made his debut for the Gills' first team in a match against Watford in May 2001.[3]

The following season Lovell found himself unable to gain a foothold in the first team squad and was loaned out to St. Leonards.[5] In March 2002 he had a trial spell with Leyton Orient but was not taken on. Shortly after this his contract at Priestfield Stadium expired and was not renewed.[6]

Lovell next had a trial with Margate but again was not taken on.[6] He later had a spell with Hastings United[7] before joining Sittingbourne.[8]

In 2006 Lovell had a brief spell with Welling United but then rejoined Sittingbourne, where his father was now manager.[9] In June 2007 he joined Dover Athletic, now managed by his former Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler,[8][10] but in November 2007 left The Crabble to link up with his father, who had recently been appointed manager of Ashford Town.[11] Following the club's withdrawal from senior football in 2010, Lovell joined Ramsgate.[12]


  1. ^ Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 203. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ "Gillingham". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 204. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  4. ^ "Lovell junior wins Gills deal". BBC News. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Football: On the Move". The Independent. 30 December 2001. Retrieved 31 August 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Lee-Lua Lua". 5 August 2003. Retrieved 31 August 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Sittingbourne Squad 2006–2007 Season". Sittingbourne F.C. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "Mark Lovell". Dover Athletic F.C. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Squad 06/07". Conference South Guide. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  10. ^ "Lovell joins Hess at Dover". Kent News. 23 June 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "Lovell makes double swoop". Kent News. 15 November 2007. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2007. 
  12. ^ "Rams 2 Folkestone Invicta 2". Ramsgate F.C. 10 August 2010. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.