Mark Hateley

Mark Hateley

Mark Hateley in 1994
Personal information
Full name Mark Wayne Hateley
Date of birth (1961-11-07) 7 November 1961
Place of birth Derby, Derbyshire, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Playing position Centre-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Coventry City 93 (25)
1980Detroit Express (loan) 19 (2)
1983–1984 Portsmouth 38 (22)
1984–1987 Milan 66 (17)
1987–1990 Monaco 59 (22)
1990–1995 Rangers 165 (87)
1995–1997 Queens Park Rangers 27 (3)
1996Leeds United (loan) 6 (0)
1997 Rangers 4 (1)
1997–1998 Hull City 21 (3)
1999 Ross County 2 (0)
Total 500 (182)
National team
1982–1984 England U21 10 (8)
1984–1992 England 32 (9)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Hull City

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mark Wayne Hateley (born 7 November 1961) is an English retired footballer and manager who played as a centre-forward. He was capped 32 times for the English national team (including games in the 1986 World Cup), and played in top-level football leagues in England, Italy, France and Scotland. His nickname is "Attila".[2]

Early life

Mark Hateley was born in Derby[3] on 7 November 1961. His father, Tony Hateley, was also a professional footballer who played as a striker for clubs including Notts County, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Club career

Hateley started his career at Coventry City, playing over 90 games in the First Division before moving to Portsmouth in the summer of 1983. He scored 22 league goals for them in the 1983–84 season[4]

On 28 June 1984 he was transferred to A.C. Milan for £1million.[4] Despite his inconsistent performances, a series of injuries, and a poor goalscoring rate for the club under Nils Liedholm, he is remembered fondly by the Milan fans for a decisive and historic match-winning goal he scored in a 2–1 win against Inter in the Milan Derby on 28 October 1984, beating out former Milan defender Fulvio Collovati with a header; this was the first time Milan had beaten Inter in the Derby in six years.[5][6][7][8]

He then joined AS Monaco in 1987, where he spent three years before transferring to Rangers in the summer of 1990. Manager Graeme Souness had attempted to bring him to Ibrox three years earlier from A.C. Milan.[9] Hateley became a key part of the Rangers side, and was voted player of the year by the Scottish Football Writers in 1993–94.[10]

After making 165 League appearances with Rangers he moved to Queen's Park Rangers in November 1995, for a fee of £1.5million.[11]

In early 1997, with Rangers trying to win their ninth title in a row, and with a huge injury list, manager Walter Smith desperately needed a striker, and re-signed Hateley for £300,000 for the vital game against Rangers' biggest rivals, Celtic.[12] Rangers won the game 1–0 but Hateley was sent off for headbutting Stewart Kerr.[13] He played four times in his second spell at Rangers, scoring once, and transferred to Hull City in July 1997.[4]

He ended his playing career with Ross County in September 1999 but only played two games for them.[14][15]

International career

On 2 June 1984 Hateley was capped for England at senior level for the first time in a 2–0 friendly defeat to the USSR. In his next game eight days later, he scored in a 2–0 victory over Brazil. By the end of 1984, he had been capped six times by England and scored three goals. He made the last of his 32 England appearances in a 2–2 friendly draw with Czechoslovakia in 1992.[16]

Style of play

A traditional target man, Hateley was a physical centre-forward who was known in particular for his strength in the air and ability to score goals with his head.[5]


Following his departure from Rangers for a second time he became player manager for Hull City.[17] Hateley managed Hull from the summer of 1997 until November 1998[18]


Mark's son, Tom is also a footballer.[19]




Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1978–79Coventry CityFirst Division10000010
United States League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1980[21]Detroit ExpressNASL192192
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980–81[22]Coventry CityFirst Division1933062285
1983–84PortsmouthSecond Division382221424425
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1984–85AC MilanSerie A21771288
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1987–88AS MonacoLigue 12814303114
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990–91RangersPremier Division33103242214215
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1995–96Queens Park RangersPremier League1421010162
1996–97Division One1314200173
1996–97Leeds United (loan)Premier League60000060
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996–97RangersPremier Division4100000041
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997–98HullDivision Three900050140
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–2000Ross CountySecond Division20000020
Country England 1855318919522267
United States 192192
Italy 66171624286[26]21[26]
France 592252406824
Scotland 1718817101911176224115
Career total 50018056233816258619229


England national team [27]



AS Monaco [28]
Rangers [29]


England [27]



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