Mark Wilson (English footballer)
|Full name||Mark Antony Wilson|
|Date of birth||9 February 1979|
|Place of birth||Scunthorpe, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|1997–1998||→ Wrexham (loan)||13||(4)|
|2002–2003||→ Stoke City (loan)||4||(0)|
|2003||→ Swansea City (loan)||12||(2)|
|2003–2004||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||3||(0)|
|2004||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||3||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Livingston (loan)||5||(0)|
|2008||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2011||→ Walsall (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Wilson was born in Scunthorpe and began his career as a trainee with Manchester United, turning professional in August 1997. He joined Wrexham on loan in February 1998 until the end of that season and made his league debut for Wrexham on 24 February 1998 when he came on as a 38th-minute substitute for injured goalkeeper Mark Cartwright in the game away to Burnley. With the score at 1–1 and no reserve keeper on the bench, midfielder Gareth Owen went in goal and Wrexham went on to win with Wilson scoring the winner. He finally made his Manchester United debut on 28 October, starting the 2–0 League Cup win at home to Bury, and played once more that season, again in the League Cup.
Having failed to establish himself at Old Trafford, despite appearing in both the Champions League and the Premier League, Wilson left to join Middlesbrough in August 2001 for £1.5 million, as part of a £3.5 million deal that also took his teammate Jonathan Greening to the Riverside. Unable to settle at Boro, but scoring twice in the League Cup against Northampton and Brentford, he had loan spells with Stoke City, Swansea City, Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers, and finally Livingston.
After several loan spells over the previous seasons, Wilson left Middlesbrough for FC Dallas in the spring of 2005; however, it took until 1 September 2005 for him getting clearance to play for the MLS side. He was released by Dallas in August 2006 after deciding to return home to England after having played 20 league games, scoring 1 goal, having an unsuccessful trial with Bradford City in October that year.
After his unsuccessful trial at Bradford, Wilson joined League One side Doncaster Rovers on a short-term contract the following month, and, during the January 2007 transfer window, signed an 18-month contract. At Doncaster, Wilson was a regular for the club under Sean O'Driscoll, but suffered a hernia problem, which left him struggling to force his way back into contention having lost his place in the side to Paul Green. Despite this, Wilson signed a two-year-deal at the end of the 2007–08 season. In November 2008, he joined Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan deal after making seven Championship starts. Wilson renewed his contract with Rovers in the summer of 2010, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2012. To get first team opportunities, Wilson joined Walsall on a one-month loan from Doncaster Rovers in November 2011 and played six games (scoring one goal against Exeter City in the FA Cup) before being recalled by Doncaster on 28 November 2011. In the 2011–12 season, his final season at Doncaster Rovers, he failed to make a single start, with his contract being cancelled by mutual consent in January. Wilson made 110 starts along with 47 substitute appearances for Rovers in all competitions during his time at the club.
On the last day of the January 2012 transfer window, Oxford United signed Wilson on a free transfer (along with Scott Rendell on loan). In May 2012, Wilson was released by the club after being deemed surplus to requirements, having made just six league appearances.
He is now working as a regional director of youth coaching in the north-east of the United States.
- As of 24 April 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Manchester United||1997–98||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Wrexham (loan)||1997–98||Second Division||13||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||4|
|Stoke City (loan)||2002–03||First Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Swansea City (loan)||2003–04||Third Division||12||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||13||2|
|Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||2003–04||Second Division||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||2004–05||League One||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||4||0|
|Livingston (loan)||2004–05||Scottish Premier League||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|FC Dallas||2005||Major League Soccer||8||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|2006||Major League Soccer||12||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||14||1|
|Doncaster Rovers||2006–07||League One||22||1||1||0||0||0||5||0||28||1|
|Tranmere Rovers (loan)||2008–09||League One||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Walsall (loan)||2011–12||League One||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||6||1|
|Oxford United||2011–12||League Two||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Gainsborough Trinity||2012–13||Conference North||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Doncaster Rovers||2012–13||League One||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Doncaster Rovers
- "Mark Wilson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
- Burnley back in basement after home reverse[permanent dead link]
- Man Utd duo complete Boro move
- "Boro 3–1 Northampton". BBC. 11 September 2001. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- "Brentford 1–4 Middlesbrough". BBC. 1 October 2002. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- Stoke sign Wilson
- Wilson extends loan stay
- Owls swoop for Wilson
- Wilson joins Rovers
- Wilson joins Livingston on loan
- "Home sweet home". Sky Sports. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Wilson handed trial at Bradford
- Doncaster swoop to land Wilson
- O'Driscoll salutes Doncaster win
- "Wilson happy with Rovers deal". Sky Sports. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Exeter 1–1 Walsall". BBC. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Doncaster cancel Wilson deal". Sky Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Oxford United sign Scott Rendell and Mark Wilson". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Trio land new Oxford deals". Sky Sports. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
- "Former Manchester United midfielder arrives at Gainsborough Trinity". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "Tinkering Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham eager to extend winning run". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "DRFC Wilson back with Rovers". Vital Donny. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Squad List 2013-14". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
- Bartram, Steve (24 July 2017). "Wilson on the perfect role model". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "Mark Wilson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- Mark Wilson at Soccerbase