26 October 2010

Mark Glendinning

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Name: Mark Glendinning
Born: 2 April 1970, Belfast
Height: 5.09 ft
Weight: 12.04 st
Position: Left-Back

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Under-21 Cap (1994), Under-19, Under-18; Irish League: 2 Caps (1989-1995).
Club Honours: (with Bangor) Irish Cup Winner 1992/93, Runner-Up 1993/94; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1988/89; (with Glenavon) Irish Cup Winner 1996/97, Runner-Up 1995/96, 1997/98; Floodlit Cup Winner 1996/97; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1995/96; Mid Ulster Cup Winner 1998/99; (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 2004/05; Irish Cup Winner 2003/04, Runner-Up 2002/03, 2005/06; Irish League Cup Winner 2004/05, Runner-Up 2005/06; Co. Antrim Shield 2001/02.
Awards: NI FWA Player of the Year 2005; Ulster Young Player of the Year 1988.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Other
Bangor
87/88-94/95
1986
Youth
134/19
-
-
4(0)/1
-
Glenavon
95/96-00/01
Jul-95
£40,000
155/19
-
-
4(0)/0
-
Glentoran
01/02-08/09
Jul-01
Free
*179/30
-
-
5(1)/1
-
TOTALS
£10,000
468/68
-
-
13(1)/2
-
* all domestic games.

Biography:
Mark Glendinning was rated among the best left-backs in the Irish League over a near twenty-year period. He made his debut for Bangor against Glenavon in October 1987 and by the end of that season he had been crowned Ulster Young Player of the Year. Through the early-90s he was part of the Seasiders side that enjoyed unprecedented success, qualifying for Europe for the first time in 1991 and winning their first Irish Cup in 1993. His form was rewarded with an Under-21 cap against Romania in 1994 as well as two appearances for the Irish League.

In 1995 Glendinning made a big money move to Glenavon where he enjoyed continued success, particularly in cup competitions.

By the time he joined Glentoran in 2001 many speculated that Glendinning was past it. He rapidly proved any doubters wrong. Although injury caused him to miss out on a League winner's medal in 2003 he did play a vital role in the title run-in. In 2005 he finally got hold of that elusive medal and also claimed the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Player of the Year Award. Over the following few seasons injuries continued to plague Glendinning. By the time of his retirement, Glendinning had scored close to one hundred goals, an impressive tally for a defender.

More to follow.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
22-03-1994 Romania H D 0-0 FR

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Irish League Representative Honours:
17-05-1989 League of Ireland A L 0-3
07-03-1995 League of Ireland A D 1-1

Summary: 2/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 1.

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