|Full name Mark Bailey|
Name Mark Bailey
Role Football player
|1992–1994 Stoke City|
Height 1.73 m
|Date of birth (1976-08-12) 12 August 1976 (age 39)|
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Mark Bailey (born 12 August 1976 in Stoke-on-Trent) is a former professional football defender who played in the Football League for Rochdale, Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town. He is the son of the former Port Vale player Terry Bailey.
- Early career
- Northwich Victoria
- Lincoln City
- Macclesfield Town
- Peterborough United and Stafford Rangers
Bailey began his career as a trainee with his home town club Stoke City before moving to Rochdale on a free transfer in October 1996. He made his Football League debut for the club in the 1–0 away victory over Torquay United on 3 December 1996 and by the end of March had secured a regular birth in the first team. The 1997–98 season saw Bailey maintain his presence in the team, making 24 league starts with a further nine appearances from the substitutes bench. He began the 1998–99 season as a regular member of the first team but dropped to the bench at the beginning of October and drifted out of the first team picture in mid-December. In January 1999, he attracted the attention of Northwich Victoria's manager Mark Gardiner but a proposed loan move was thwarted by Bailey sustaining a minor hamstring injury. He managed to break back into the Rochdale team in March 1999, making his first league start in nearly four months in the 0–0 home draw with Barnet on 20 March 1999. However, he made only three further appearances before being released by the club at the end of the season.
He commenced the 1999–2000 season training with Northwich Victoria from where he was recommended to Winsford United, debuting for the club in the 0–0 Northern Premier League draw at Spennymoor United on 21 August 1999, scoring his first goal for the club in the 2–2 draw at Whitby Town a week later. He moved on to join Lancaster City in November 1999, debuting in the 4–1 away Northern Premier League defeat to Hyde United on 12 November 1999.
Bailey continued to attract the attention of Northwich Victoria's manager Mark Gardiner and having turned down one offer to join the Vics to remain at the Giant Axe, Gardiner came back with an improved pay offer which coupled with the lure of moving nearer to home in the Stoke area proved too much for Bailey and he departed Lancaster City in January 2000. He made his Football Conference debut for the club in the 2–0 defeat at Altrincham on 3 January 2000 scoring his first goal for the club in the 3–1 victory at Welling United on 8 January 2000.
In October 2001, Bailey joined Lincoln City signing a contract that would keep him at Sincil Bank until the summer of 2004.
In June 2004, Macclesfield Town's manager Brian Horton announced that the club had agreed terms to sign Bailey with Bailey signing a one-year contract with the club following the end of his contract with Lincoln City. He debuted for the club in the 3–1 victory at Leyton Orient on 7 August 2004 and was an ever-present member of the side until he sustained a peroneal tendon tear in the 1–1 home draw with Cambridge United on 19 October 2004. The injury would keep Bailey out of action until the 2–0 away defeat to Swansea City on 25 March 2005 but after that he remained in the first team picture for the remainder of the season as Macclesfield reached the play-offs, losing out to his former club Lincoln City in the semi-finals. He agreed a new one-year contract for the 2005–06 season but a series of injuries, particularly to his achilles, restricted his appearances and in April 2006 he left the club by mutual consent.
Peterborough United and Stafford Rangers
In August 2006 he joined up with Keith Alexander for a third time, signing a month-to-month contract with Peterborough United.