Mark McLaughlin

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Mark McLaughlin
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Personal information
Full name Mark McLaughlin
Date of birth (1975-12-02) 2 December 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Greenock, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Beith Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1999 Arthurlie ? (?)
1999–2004 Clyde 97 (14)
2004–2012 Hamilton Academical 193 (17)
2012–2013 Greenock Morton 34 (3)
2014–2015 Dumbarton 16 (1)
2015–2016 Clyde 37 (2)
2016– Beith Juniors ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:01, 3 September 2016 (UTC).

Mark McLaughlin (born 2 December 1975 in Greenock) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Beith Juniors.

Since turning senior in 1999, McLaughlin has played over 100 games for both Clyde and Hamilton Academical. He has also played for Greenock Morton and Dumbarton.


McLaughlin, a defender, began his career at junior club Arthurlie before moving to Clyde in 1999.


McLaughlin made his debut with Clyde in a 3–1 win away from home against Stenhousemuir. On 7 October 2000 he scored his first senior football goal away to Alloa Athletic at the Recreation Park Alloa's home ground and only two weeks later he scored in a 2–2 draw against Ross County at Broadwood in the Scottish Football League First Division.

In July 2002, McLaughlin had a trial with Luton Town, which was later cancelled because he was struggling with an injury.[1]


After five years at Clyde, he joined Hamilton Academical in 2004. He was part of the 2007–08 campaign for promotion to the SPL.

Greenock Morton[edit]

After McLaughlin's contract expired at Hamilton, he rejected a new deal and decided to join the team that he has supported since childhood, Greenock Morton.[2]

McLaughlin was named as Morton's captain in August 2012.[3] He was released from his Morton contract on Christmas Eve 2013.[4] Since leaving Greenock Morton, McLaughlin says his departure left him "disappointed" because "Kenny Shiels said to me that I maybe wasn’t going to play much. That’s fair enough. He then told me that Airdrieonians had come in and asked if they could take me on loan. He said Airdrie would pay half my wages and Morton would pay half my wages, but I said, ‘Well, I don’t want to go out on loan’.[5]


After McLaughlin was released by Morton, he signed for SPFL Championship side Dumbarton. He was given the number 5 shirt.[6] He scored his first goal for the club in a 5–1 win against Alloa Athletic on his third appearance.On 16 May 2014 McLaughlin signed a new one-year deal with the Sons.[7]

In January 2015 'Marko' was released by the club following a lack of game time.[8]


On 20 January 2015, McLaughlin signed for Clyde for a second time.[9] He was released at the end of the 2015-16 season and returned to the juniors with Beith.

Personal life[edit]

McLaughlin grew up in Port Glasgow.[10]




Hamilton Academical


  1. ^ McLaughlin Trial Cancelled 29 July 2009. Retrieved 03 July 2013.
  2. ^ Steele, Russell (8 May 2012). "Players axed at Morton". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mark a proven leader says Moore". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nacho Novo and Mark McLaughlin are released by Morton". BBC Sport. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Morton skipper's agony over exit statement". Greenock Telegraph. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Findlay, Alan (3 January 2014). "McLaughlin deal confirmed". Dumbarton F.C. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
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  9. ^ "McLaughlin Returns to Clyde". Clyde F.C. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Tait, Chris (9 May 2012). "Defender signs for Ton". Retrieved 9 May 2012. 

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