Club honours Mark on his 600th game
WELLS City footballer Mark Randall received a special award before the first home league game of the season to mark his 600th game for the club.
He was handed a glass trophy on behalf of the club by his father Paul, the club president, in honour of the landmark achievement.
Mark, who grew up in Wells and went to Wells Central and Wells Blue schools, played his first game for Wells City FC 18 years ago at the age of 14. It was a third team game against Frome Collegians that ended in a 2-2 draw.
“We managed to get promoted in our first season before I moved on to the Reserve side under Julian Coppell and Steve Parfitt,” he said.
“I got into the first team at 16 under Mark Leaney where we won the Somerset Senior Cup in 2007 and promotion to the Western League the following year.
“Two years later we managed to win the Western League for the first time since 1949 and I’ve been playing in the first team ever since, apart from a season at Street in between.”
Mark reached another milestone at the end of last season when he scored his 100th goal, against Cheddar.
“My most memorable game was a 5-1 victory against Imperial from Bristol where I scored a hat-trick and an own goal,” he said.
“Also playing in all three senior sides with my dad, who played for Bristol Rovers and Stoke City.”
First team joint manager Nathan Truckle paid tribute to Mark’s talent and commitment.
He said: “Rands is a club legend and he’s only 32. He’s been playing men’s football since he was 14 and he still shows so much devotion and dedication to not only the club but the sport.
“To reach 600 games in men’s football is a feat in itself but to do that for one club and to have played many of those games at Western League level is truly remarkable and won’t happen too often if at all.
“I’ve known Rands for most of his senior football career and you would struggle to find a more genuine bloke in the game, he is a gentleman on and off the field.
“The quality in that wand of a left foot has not wavered and we still rely heavily upon him in the first team set up. It has been a privilege to play alongside him for many a year and now have the privilege to manage him. Let’s hope we have a couple more memorable seasons before he hangs those magical boots up.”
Mark was given the honour of being captain for his 600th game, a Toolstation Western League Division One match at Wells on August 17 against Ashton & Backwell United – which ended in a 3-1 win for the visitors.