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Mark Wright
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 24 (0)
Date of birth: 24 February 1982
Place of birth: Wolverhampton
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Position: Midfielder
Date joined: 1 September 2009
Joined from: Brighton & Hove Albion
Date left: 7 January 2011
1 League appearances and goals only.

Mark Wright is a midfielder who signed for Rovers for an undisclosed five-figure transfer fee on transfer deadline day, 1 September 2009. Rovers picked him up from Brighton & Hove Albion, who in turn had only signed him little over two months earlier from Milton Keynes Dons.

He made his debut for the Pirates in the first match in which he was eligible to play, the 2–0 League One victory over Millwall at the Memorial Stadium on 5 September 2009, but after making just 24 appearances during his debut season in Bristol he was informed that he was no longer part of Paul Trollope's plans for the club, and that he would be allowed to leave if another club came in for him. That summer he joined Shrewsbury Town on a four-month long loan deal, taking him up to the January transfer window, when he signed for them permanently.


Mark began his career at Walsall, turning pro in 2000, and in the early stages of his time as a professional was loaned out to Nuneaton Borough where he played in five league games comprising of three starts and two substitute appearances. He remained at Walsall for a total of seven years, playing a total of 141 games in all competitions and scoring nine goals.

In 2007 Wright joined Milton Keynes Dons on a free transfer and after playing 66 league games, scoring 18 goals, and twelve cup appearances, scoring twice in two years at the club, moved again on a free to Brighton and Hove Albion. Mark failed to settle on the south coast however, and after beginning the season playing regularly soon found himself on the fringes of the first team. Just two months after officially becoming a Brighton player he joined Rovers on transfer deadline day 2009 for an undisclosed fee, known to be a five-figure sum. He was a semi-regular in his first season with Rovers, making 24 appearances before being told in the summer of 2010 that he could leave the club.

Early in the 2010–11 season Mark joined Shrewsbury Town on loan and was an instant hit, scoring ten goals in his 21 league appearances during the period, and picking up the November 2010 League Two player of the month award. Keen to keep hold of his services, Shrewsbury agreed a deal with Rovers to sign him permanently during the January 2011 transfer window.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2000–01 Walsall 4 0
2001–02 Walsall 0 0
2001–02 Nuneaton Borough (loan) 5 0
2002–03 Walsall 5 0
2003–04 Walsall 11 2
2004–05 Walsall 37 2
2005–06 Walsall 30 2
2006–07 Walsall 37 3
2007–08 Milton Keynes Dons 34 13
2008–09 Milton Keynes Dons 32 5
2009–10 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 0
2009–10 Bristol Rovers 24 0
2010–11 Bristol Rovers 0 0
2010–11 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 24 11
2010–11 Shrewsbury Town 21 3
2011–12 Shrewsbury Town 46 10
2012–13 Shrewsbury Town 17 1

Record against Rovers[]

Mark has played against Rovers six times, twice for Walsall, twice for Milton Keynes Dons and twice for Shrewsbury Town. He has lost twice to the Pirates, won three times and drawn once.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
23 September 2006 Walsall Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Walsall
30 December 2006 Walsall Bescot Stadium 2–2
26 December 2008 Milton Keynes Dons Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Milton Keynes
13 April 2009 Milton Keynes Dons stadium:mk 2–1 to Milton Keynes
13 September 2011 Shrewsbury Town Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Rovers
14 February 2012 Shrewsbury Town New Meadow 1–0 to Shrewsbury Joe Jacobson & Carl Regan in Shrews side