'Black Lives Matter' resonates with former Leek Town player

FOOTBALL'S support for the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign will resonate with former Leek Town player Mark Bright, who went on to forge a rewarding career as a professional footballer after a spell at Harrison Park.

Mark, who celebrated his 58th birthday this month, made two FA Cup Final appearances for Crystal Palace, where he formed club record scoring partnership with fellow black player Ian Wright.

Sadly, Mark faced racist taunts at school while in foster care in North Staffordshire in the 1970's.

He refers to his challenging childhood in his autobiography 'My Story - from foster care to footballer, which was published last year.

Mark's dreams of becoming a professional footballer were dashed when released by Port Vale as a youth team player, but he was later invited back to Vale Park, after catching the eye playing for Leek on the non-league scene.

He moved on to Leicester City and then Sheffield Wednesday - playing for the Owls in a League Cup Final - before settling at Crystal Palace where he became a club legend.

Mark has since gone on to forge a successful media career and is back at Selhurst Park as a member of the Palace coaching staff.


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