Highly decorated international striker Hateley joined City as player-manager in the Summer of 1997, heralding a new era of goals, promotion and success fuelled by the 35 year olds inevitably twenty goals a season and David Lloyd’s multi-million investment. Erm. Well not quite. His first senior game saw the Tiger Faithful turn out en masse at Mansfield, only for Iseyden Christie to burst Hateley’s bubble. And while the big man was able to attract some truly marquee signings to lowly Hull City – David Rocastle, Glyn Hodges, David Brown – his management style could best be described as stand-offish while his form on the pitch was erratic and ineffective. After a season and a bit Hateley had by November 1998 piloted City to the foot of Division Four, his sacking initiating the Great Escape, one of the club’s most famous six months.
Born on Merseyside into a footballing family – his father Tony Hateley was a profilic top flight goalscorer throughout the 1960s, though never capped by his country – Mark made his debut for Coventry at 18 and soon carved an impressive goalscoring career as a big man (six foot three inches) with fearsome heading prowess and a fine touch on the deck. A productive season at Portsmouth yielded 22 second flight goals, which led to a glamourous European career that took in three seasons at Milan, three season at Monaco and five seasons at Glasgow Rangers. He had amassed over 200 senior goals by the time he joined QPR in 1995, where injuries started to restrict his first team appearances. A brief return to Ibrox for an Auld Firm derby – during which he was banished for laying the nut on a Celt – preceded his move to the Humber.
Hateley had a brief spell at Ross County after leaving the Tigers, but he never returned to management. He still turns out as a pundit for big matches that feature his former clubs, principally Rangers.
Hateley was a decorated international striker, making his England debut in 1984 after a two year goal-a-game spell in the under-21s. He made 31 appearances and scored nine goals between 1984 and 1988, and was chosen for the final 22-man squads for the 1986 World Cup finals and the 1988 European Championship finals. He made a final 32nd appearance for England in 1992 while at Glasgow Rangers.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 November 1961, Derby
Hull City First Game: 9 August 1997, Mansfield Town A (Division Three), 35 years, 275 days old
Hull City Final Game: 7 November 1998, Leyton Orient H (Division Three), 37 years, 0 days old
Coventry City (1978-1983), Detriot Express (1980, loan), Portsmouth (1983-1984), AC Milan (1984-1987), AS Monaco (1987-1990), Glasgow Rangers (1990-1995), Queens Park Rangers (1995-1997), Leeds United (1996, loan), Glasgow Rangers (1997), Hull City (1997-1998), Ross County (1999)
Hull City Record
Career: 27 apps, 3 goalsMark Hateley
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