Mark Patterson (footballer, born 1965)

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Mark Patterson
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-05-24) 24 May 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Darwen, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AFC Darwen (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Blackburn Rovers 101 (20)
1988–1990 Preston North End 55 (19)
1990–1991 Bury 42 (10)
1991–1995 Bolton Wanderers 169 (11)
1995–1997 Sheffield United 73 (4)
1997 Southend United (loan) 4 (0)
1997–1999 Bury 30 (2)
1998–1999 Blackpool (loan) 7 (0)
1999 Southend United 5 (0)
2001–2003 Scarborough 23 (0)
2002–2003 Leigh RMI (loan)
Teams managed
2003 Leigh RMI
2003–2004 Chorley
2006–2007 Scarborough
2017– AFC Darwen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mark Patterson (born 24 May 1965) is an English former footballer who made nearly 500 appearances in the Football League playing as a midfielder for Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End, Bury, Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Southend United and Blackpool.[1] He went on to play, and then to manage, in non-League football and is currently manager of AFC Darwen


Patterson used to be a midfielder playing for a number of clubs over a long career including: Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End, Bury, Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Southend, Blackpool, Accrington Stanley, Rossendale and Scarborough. Patterson started his coaching career with Scarborough as player-coach and then assistant manager under Russell Slade. Since then he has managed several non-league clubs including Chorley, Darwen and Leigh RMI.

After the exit of Scarborough managagment duo Neil Redfearn and his assistant Eric Winstanley, in the 2006 close season, Patterson took over as manager. Due to injuries and a small playing squad Patterson, at the age of 41, had to register as a player and has sat on the bench. He left the club on 4 May 2007 by mutual consent, having failed to agree a new deal. He was assistant manager to Phil Starbuck at Hednesford Town until February 2008. He later coached the Bolton Wanderers Academy and at Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley. In June 2017 he was appointed manager of AFC Darwen.[2]


  1. ^ "Mark Patterson". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Mark Patterson is new AFC Darwen manager AFC Darwen, 30 June 2016