Mark Randall (footballer)

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Mark Randall
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Personal information
Full name Mark Leonard Randall[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Milton Keynes, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crawley Town
Number 25
Youth career
1999–2005 Northampton Town
2001–2007 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Arsenal 2 (0)
2008Burnley (loan) 10 (0)
2010Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 16 (0)
2010–2011Rotherham United (loan) 10 (1)
2011–2013 Chesterfield 45 (2)
2013–2014 Ascoli 3 (0)
2014–2016 Milton Keynes Dons 13 (0)
2016 Barnet 12 (2)
2016–2017 Newport County 25 (1)
2017– Crawley Town 32 (1)
National team
2005–2006 England U17 12 (2)
2006–2008 England U18 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Mark Leonard Randall (born 28 September 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two club Crawley Town. Randall spent his formative footballing years at Arsenal where he was touted by manager Arsène Wenger as a key Arsenal player for the future.[2] He was released at the end of his contract in 2011 and subsequently joined Chesterfield, where he won the Football League Trophy.

Career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Randall signed for Arsenal on schoolboy forms and played seven matches in the Premier Reserve League in 2005–06. Randall was also the only player in the team to play all 18 reserve team fixtures in the 2007–08 season. He played in Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial against Ajax Amsterdam in July 2006, and in the club's pre-season tour of Austria and the Netherlands. He made his first-team debut as a substitute for Denílson in Arsenal's League Cup third-round match against West Bromwich Albion on 24 October 2006.[3] He also played in Arsenal's fourth-round match against Everton on 8 November 2006,[4] again coming on for Denílson, and was on the bench for their quarter-final against Liverpool, but did not play in that match.

2006–07 season and 2007–08 season[edit]

On 8 February 2007, he signed his first professional contract with Arsenal,[5] and in the summer of 2007 took part in Arsenal's annual first-team pre-season training camp in Austria.[5] However, he was out of the side for the first few months of the 2007–08 season after suffering an injury in Arsenal Reserves' opening Premier Reserve League match of the season, against Fulham in late August, but made his first start for Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers on 18 December 2007,[6][7] and also made his second appearance in the competition as a last-minute substitute in the first leg of the semi-finals against Tottenham Hotspur.[8][9]

Randall signed for Burnley on loan, on 31 January 2008,"Burnley capture Arsenal teenager". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2014.  the last day of the transfer window and made 10 league appearances for the Championship club.[10] He returned to Arsenal following the end of the Championship season on 4 May and went on to make his Premier League debut against Sunderland on 11 May in Arsenal's final match of the season. He came on as an 81st-minute substitute and having a goal disallowed in the final moments of the match.[11]

2008–09 season[edit]

After playing in much of Arsenal's pre-season campaign for 2008–09, Randall made his European debut in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round match away to FC Twente on 13 August 2008, coming on as a substitute for Theo Walcott in the 84th minute.[12] He also played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal's 6–0 League Cup third round victory over Sheffield United on 23 September, where he set up Arsenal's fifth goal, scored by Jack Wilshere and in the 3–0 win over Wigan Athletic, as well as starting in the defeat to Burnley at the quarter final stage.[13][14] He made UEFA Champions League debut on 10 December in the 2–0 defeat to F.C. Porto replacing Alexandre Song.[15]

2009–10 season[edit]

At the start of the season, a loan was agreed, in principle, for Randall to move to Championship side Derby County on a season-long loan,[16] though the club declined to sign the player after he failed to impress on trial.[17]

Randall was involved in Arsenal's win over West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup after replacing Francis Coquelin on 58 minutes and indirectly assisted Carlos Vela when his attempted lob from outside the box struck the bar.[18]

On 15 January, Randall signed on loan for Milton Keynes Dons until the end of the season.[19] He scored his first goal for Milton Keynes Dons in the 3–1 Football League Trophy second leg semi final loss to Southampton.[20]

2010–11 season[edit]

Randall was once again sent on loan for the 2010–11 season, this time to a League Two side in Rotherham United.[21] After playing just 21 minutes on his Rotherham debut against Southend United, Randall was sidelined with a broken collarbone.[22] This injury kept him out of the team until the New Year's Day clash against Port Vale in which Randall scored his only goal for the Millers. At the end of his loan spell he returned to Arsenal where his contract was not renewed, signalling the end of his Arsenal career.

Chesterfield[edit]

Randall completed a move to League One's Chesterfield on a one-year contract during the summer of 2011.[23] Upon signing he stated this it was a move in which he intended to use to rebuild his career and fulfil his potential after growing disillusioned with life at Arsenal and disheartening loan spells. Manager John Sheridan stated that Randall possesses great potential that he hopes will be fulfilled at the club.

He impressed when scoring his first goal and for Chesterfield in a 3–1 win over Notts County on 4 October 2011 in the Football League Trophy.[24] His time at Chesterfield was dogged by niggling injuries, including wrist and shoulder afflictions that interrupted his run in the team.[25] However, in the Football League Trophy Final on 25 March 2012, he came on as a substitute as Chesterfield defeated Swindon Town 2–0, setting up the second goal with an incisive pass.[26] He went on to appear in the subsequent games, impressing as Chesterfield's form drastically improved, although by that time relegation was already all-but-confirmed. He was offered a new one-year contract by the club in May 2012.[27] After failing to agree a new contract with Chesterfield, Randall left the club on 1 July 2013 after his contract expired.[28] Altogether Randall scored 4 goals and was capped a sum of 51 times with Chesterfield.[29]

Ascoli[edit]

On 10 September 2013 it was announced that Randall had signed a two-year contract with Italian third-tier side Ascoli. He made his debut on 22 September 2013 versus L'Aquila. On his first start for the club Randall assisted three goals and was the man of the match.

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 8 March 2014, Milton Keynes Dons announced that Randall had agreed to join the club until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.[30] On 14 March, Randall completed his move to the Dons after receiving international clearance. [31] At the end of the season he signed a further one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months. His contract was extended until the end of 2015–16, but he did not play at all for the Dons following their promotion to the Championship. In all he played 17 times across all competitions.

Barnet[edit]

On 14 January 2016, following a mutual decision to terminate his contract with Milton Keynes Dons, Randall joined League 2 side Barnet until the end of the 2015–16 season.[32] He was released at the end of the season.[33]

Newport County[edit]

On 31 May 2016, Mark Randall joined Newport County on a two-year deal.[34] He made his debut for Newport on 6 August 2016 versus Mansfield Town.[35] He scored his first goal for Newport, a 55th-minute penalty, in a 3–2 EFL Cup loss against Milton Keynes Dons on 9 August 2016.[36]

In January 2017, Randall asked to be transferred, stating family reasons. A move in the January transfer window did not happen and Randall was dropped from the match day squad by manager Graham Westley. In March 2017, Randall returned to the squad under new manager Mike Flynn and played a big part in County's successful bid to avoid relegation.[37] At the end of the 2016–17 season Randall was again placed on the transfer list at his request.[38] On 28 June 2017, Randall's contract at Newport was cancelled by mutual consent.[39]

Crawley Town[edit]

On 30 June 2017, Randall joined fellow League Two side Crawley Town on a two-year deal.[40]

Style of play[edit]

Randall is a midfielder. He plays primarily as a central midfielder but can also play as advanced playmaking midfielder.[41][42] He is noted for his composure on the ball and his passing abilities.

Personal life[edit]

In August 2015, Randall appeared at Amersham Crown Court charged with one count of sexual assault in relation to an alleged attack on a female in December 2014. Randall pleaded not guilty to the charge and on 23 November 2015 he was found not guilty.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2018.[44]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2006–07 Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 Premier League 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2008–09 Premier League 1 0 0 0 3 0 2[a] 0 6 0
2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 13 0
Burnley (loan) 2007–08 Championship 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2009–10 League One 16 0 0 0 0 0 2[b] 1 18 1
Rotherham United (loan) 2010–11 League Two 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Chesterfield 2011–12 League One 16 1 0 0 0 0 2[b] 1 18 2
2012–13 League Two 29 1 2 1 0 0 2[b] 0 33 2
Total 45 2 2 1 0 0 4 1 51 4
Ascoli 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione 3 0 0 0 3 0
Milton Keynes Dons 2013–14 League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2014–15 League One 9 0 2 0 1 0 1[b] 0 13 0
2015–16 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
Barnet 2015–16 League Two 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Newport County 2016–17 League Two 25 1 0 0 1 0 1[c] 1 27 2
Crawley Town 2017–18 League Two 32 1 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 33 1
Career total 164 7 4 1 11 0 11 3 190 11
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Chesterfield
Milton Keynes Dons

References[edit]

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  3. ^ West Brom 0–2 Arsenal, bbc.co.uk, accessed 14 August 2008.
  4. ^ Everton 0–1 Arsenal, bbc.co.uk, accessed 14 August 2008.
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  6. ^ Blackburn 2–3 Arsenal (aet), bbc.co.uk, accessed 14 August 2008.
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  14. ^ – Burnley 2–0 Arsenal , BBC Sport, accessed 12 December 2008.
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  17. ^ "Clough turns down Randall loan chance". Derby Telegraph. 28 July 2009. 
  18. ^ Arsenal 2–0 W.B.A Archived 16 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine., arsenal.com, accessed 7 October 2009.
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  21. ^ "Rotherham United: Mark Randall interview". Yorkshire Evening Post.co.UK. 
  22. ^ "Millers waiting on Randall". Telegraph.co.uk. 
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  24. ^ "Notts County v Chesterfield, 04 October 2011". 11v11.com. 
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  26. ^ a b "JPT FINAL, FULL TIME: Swindon 0, Chesterfield 2". Swindon Advertiser.co.UK. 
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  35. ^ "Randall debut for Newport". BBC.co.uk. 
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  37. ^ "Randall returns to squad". BBC.co.uk. 
  38. ^ "Randall transfer listed again". BBC.co.uk. 
  39. ^ "Randall Newport contract cancelled". BBC.co.UK. 
  40. ^ "Mark Randall joins the Reds". Crawley Town Official Site. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  41. ^ "burnleyfootballclub.com profile". Burnley F.C. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  42. ^ mkdons.com profile, Mark Randall, accessed 3 June 2010 Archived 11 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  43. ^ "http://www.onemk.co.uk/sport/football/mk-dons/2015/8/mk-dons-and-ex-arsenal-footballer-mark-randall-charged-with-sexual-assault-250820150019.html". OneMK.  External link in |title= (help);
  44. ^ "Mark Randall". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  45. ^ "2015: Dons clinch promotion in style". Milton Keynes Dons. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 

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