Mark Seagraves

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Mark Seagraves
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-10-22) 22 October 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth Bootle, England
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Liverpool 0 (0)
1986 Norwich City (loan) 3 (0)
1987–1990 Manchester City 42 (0)
1990–1995 Bolton Wanderers 157 (7)
1995–1998 Swindon Town 61 (0)
1998–1999 Barrow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mark Seagraves (born 22 October 1966 in Bootle) is a former professional footballer who played for Liverpool, Norwich City, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Swindon Town. He was a defender.

Career[edit]

Seagraves began his playing career with Liverpool. He came through their youth system and won England Youth caps, however, he was unable to break into Liverpool's first team. He made two appearances for the club, both in cup matches. His debut came in the first leg of the 1985–86 League Cup semi-finals, against Queen's Park Rangers, when he deputised for the injured Gary Gillespie.[1] He made one further appearance in an FA Cup tie against York City, but after Gillespie recovered, Seagraves never again featured in the Liverpool team. He spent a short spell on loan at Norwich City F.C. during the 1986–87 season and made three appearances for The Canaries.[2]

Early in the 1987–88 season, Mel Machin signed Seagraves for Manchester City, then in the Second Division, for a transfer fee of £100,000.[3] He made his debut the following Saturday, when he came on as a substitute for Paul Lake in a 2–0 home defeat at the hands of Leeds United.[4] He made 14 starts in the 1987–88 season, mostly deputising for Kenny Clements. He was the first-choice right back in the first half of the 1988–89 season, in which City gained promotion to the First Division, but his season was ended in February by a cracked vertebra.[5] His first team opportunities were limited the following season. A brief opportunity arrived after Machin was sacked in November 1989, but Seagraves made just two appearances before new manager Howard Kendall brought in Alan Harper as a new right-back. His final Manchester City appearance came on 9 December 1989 against Southampton.[6] In September 1990 he was transferred to Bolton Wanderers for £100,000.[7]

Whilst at Bolton Seagraves played in the 1995 Football League Cup Final. Seagraves went on to play for Swindon Town before moving into non-league football. He was appointed to his coaching position at Wigan in the summer of 2006. His manager at Wigan – Paul Jewell – was a teammate of Seagraves in the Liverpool FC youth team. In November 2007 he left Wigan to join Jewell at his new club Derby County. On Monday 29 December 2008, Seagraves left his position as coach at Derby County after the resignation of Paul Jewell.

He linked up with Jewell for a fourth time when agreeing to become a scout for Ipswich Town in November 2011.

In May 2013 Seagraves began working in Delhi India, for a company called "India On Track" in conjunction with Arsenal Soccer Schools. He is working to create a structure within the Soccer Schools that will be sustainable and will ensure the future development of football and football players within India.

The Football Faktory (May 2014)[edit]

Motivated with the ambition to provide the Indian youth with a truly professional and modern training curriculum, Mark announced his own venture, The Football Faktory (a Trade Mark of MAS Football Academy Pvt. Ltd.)in July 2014, in New Delhi.

The goal is to give the children the technical ability, mentality and attitude to succeed as football players. Training is structured to provide a sustainable routine that provides a balance between technical, health, fitness and social skills.

Following the successful launch of The Football Faktory in September 2014, The Football Faktory has a center in Surat, Gujarat and is currently in the process of setting up a second center in Sangolda Goa having already set one up in Don Bosco School Panjim Goa.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liverpool injured recovering". The Times. 14 February 1986. 
  2. ^ "Mark Seagraves". Liverpool FC official website. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Ian Ross (24 September 1987). "Melrose moves to Leeds". The Times. 
  4. ^ James, Gary (2006). Manchester City - The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. pp. 442–3. ISBN 1-85983-512-0. 
  5. ^ "Armstrong hearing date fixed". The Times. 1 February 1989. 
  6. ^ James, Manchester City - The Complete Record, p. 447.
  7. ^ "Ginzburg too expensive for Newcastle". The Times. 25 September 1990. 
  8. ^ http://www.asianage.com/football/d-get-football-centre-868[permanent dead link]

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