Midfielder Mark Robert Calvert was born in Consett, County Durham, and joined City in 1987 on YTS terms and signing professional terms in 1988. He impressed manager Eddie Gray who gave Mark his debut in March 1989 and selected him for the last four games of the season. In 1989/90 new management arrived, and neither Colin Appleton or Stan Ternent turned to Calvert, who plied his trade in the reserves. It wasn’t until November 1990 that Calvert returned to the first team, a five match run replacing the injured Ian McParland. When Terry Dolan took over in January 1991 and couldn’t arrest the team’s plunge towards the Division Three, Calvert was used as a support player. In 1991/92, Mark was selected more regularly and scored his only City goal in an October 1991 3-2 win at Hartlepool. But in 1992/93 he was again playing just odd games in a support role, and left the club in the 1993 close season.
Calvert joined Scarborough in August 1993 and in two seasons he made 85 first team appearances, scored six goals and was awarded the captain’s armband. A cruciate ligament injury ended his senior career in 1996, though he later played for local Hull sides Reckitts and Cottingham Vets while working for the Royal Mail.
Many thanks to Mark himself for providing the picture which proves that, as the song goes, “he sometimes played in green”.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 September 1970, Consett
Hull City First Game: 11 March 1989, Swindon Town A (Division Two), 18 years, 181 days old
Hull City Final Game: 20 March 1993, Mansfield Town H (Division Three), 22 years, 190 days old
Hull City (1987-1993), Scarborough (1993-1995)
Hull City Record
Career: 35 apps, 1 goalsMark Calvert
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