Hitting the Mark is the explosive, hard-hitting, no-holds-barred
autobiography of 80's and 90's football icon, Mark Hateley. Born
into a football family - Mark's father Tony played for among
others, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Chelsea - Mark was destined to
forge a career in the game. After starting out with Coventry City,
Mark spent a year at Portsmouth before earning a lucrative move to
Serie A with AC Milan. A fearsome, all-action centre forward with
an eye for goal, Mark immediately endeared himself to the fans of I
Rosseneri when he scored the winning goal in the Milan derby
against Internazionale. Still revered by the infamous Curva Sud
today, Mark left Milan in 1987 and joined Monaco. He scored 14
league goals and won the Ligue 1 title in his debut season, but two
serious ankle injuries ruled Mark out the game for the best part of
a year. Mark reflects honestly on his rehabilitation and the impact
his absence from football had on him. When he was fit to return to
action, Mark moved to Rangers for a fee of GBP1,000,000. And during
his time at Ibrox, he won six league titles, three Scottish League
Cups and two Scottish Cups. Mark struck fear into the hearts of
Scottish defences and scored over 100 goals for Rangers. He forged
a prolific partnership with Ally McCoist and became the first
Englishman to be voted Scotland's Player of the Year in 1994.
Despite this Mark was overlooked for a place in the England squad.
Capped 10 times at U21 level, Mark was the winner of the Golden
Player at the 1984 U21 European Championships and announced himself
at international level with a goal in the Maracana in 1984. But he
only added a further one cap to his senior level total of 32 while
with Rangers. In the book, Mark explains why he was overlooked so
often and how it galvanised him and made him play at an even higher
level for Rangers. Mark joined Queens Park Rangers in September
1995 but returned to Ibrox 18 months later to help the club clinch
their ninth successive league title. After a short spell as
player-manager of Hull City and an ill-fated move to Ross County,
Mark moved into the media and has latterly been an ambassador for
Rangers. Featuring an insight into what life was like in the inner
sanctum of each of the clubs he played for, Mark talks candidly
about the highs and lows of his career, his team-mates and managers
and how they helped shape his time in the game. The book also
analyses the Hateley family football dynasty. The foreword for the
book is by Graeme Souness, and there are contributions from leading
lights of world football, including, among others, Arsene Wenger,
Paolo Maldini, Sir David Murray and Glenn Hoddle. Mark rarely
missed the target during his career and Hitting the Mark is the
same, making it a must-read for football fans.
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