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Mark Walters
Mark Walters
Full name Mark Everton Walters
Nationality Eng England
Caps (goals) 1 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a 82 (13)
Position Midfield
Date of birth 2 June 1964
in Birmingham
Height 5ft 9in
Joined
15 November 1999 from Swindon Town
Left
26 April 2002 (retired)
Senior clubs
Aston Villa
Rangers
Liverpool
Stoke City
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Southampton
Swindon Town
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 30/10/2012

Mark Walters is an ex-England international who played for Rovers between 1999 and 2002 when he retired. He made just under 100 appearances for Rovers in all competitions and scored 14 goals. He was well received by the Rovers fans due to his natural skill and his the way he always performed to a high standard despite his dwindling years.

Career[]

Walters started his career at Aston Villa where he made his pro debut aged just 17. He went to make 234 appearances for the Birmingham club before he moved to Rangers in a deal worth £550,000.

He became the first black player to play for Rangers. He was subjected to racial abuse during his debut in the Old Firm derby against Celtic at Celtic Park.[1] He would go on to make 143 appearances in Glasgow scoring an impressive 51 goals before following manager Graeme Souness to Liverpool, a move seen as ironic as Walters' middle name is Everton, the same as Liverpool's fierce local rivals. During his time in Scotland he made his one and only England appearance in a friendly against New Zealand.

The deal to take him to Anfield cost Liverpool £1.25 million but his performances could not match those he'd made at Rangers. He was sent out on loan twice and left to join Southampton in January 1996. He made just nine appearances for Southampton, helping them to survive relegation from the Premier League. He was released at the end of the season and joined Swindon Town.

His form remained indifferent, but he remained at the club for three years and made over 125 appearances. He made his final move, at the age of 35, to Rovers. He showed signs of his former abilities but suffered relegation to Division Three while at the club. His final professional football match came in a 1-1 draw with Hull City as a 75th minute substitute for Jamie Shore. His final ever goal came against Plymouth Argyle in a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1981-82 Aston Villa 1 0
1982-83 Aston Villa 22 1
1983-84 Aston Villa 37 8
1984-85 Aston Villa 36 10
1985-86 Aston Villa 40 10
1986-87 Aston Villa 21 3
1987-88 Aston Villa 24 7
1987-88 Rangers 18 7
1988-89 Rangers 31 8
1989-90 Rangers 27 5
1990-91 Rangers 30 12
1991-92 Liverpool 25 3
1992-93 Liverpool 34 11
1993-94 Liverpool 17 0
1993-94 Stoke City (loan) 9 2
1994-95 Liverpool 18 0
1994-95 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 11 3
1995-96 Liverpool 0 0
1995-96 Southampton 5 0
1996-97 Swindon Town 27 7
1997-98 Swindon Town 34 6
1998-99 Swindon Town 38 10
1999-00 Swindon Town 13 2
1999-00 Bristol Rovers 30 8
2000-01 Bristol Rovers 26 4
2001-02 Bristol Rovers 26 0

International appearance[]

N.B. England score listed first. (Source englandstats.com)
Date Opponent Result Venue Competition
3 June 1991 Nzl New Zealand 1–0 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Friendly

References[]

  1. Mark Walters Rangers debut at celtic park. YouTube.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
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