Mark CHAMBERLAIN

Mark Chamberlain - England - Biography 1982-84

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 26 May 1984

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    • POSITION
      Winger
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Sunday, 19 November 1961
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Stoke-on-Trent, Engand.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
  • CLUBS
  • Portsmouth FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1988-1994
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 3rd September 1988 scoring in a 4-0 win at home to Leeds United (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
      (Aug 1988-Aug 1994)
      143 League apps (+24 as sub), 20 goals
  • Stoke City FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1982-1985
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 28th August 1982 in a 2-1 win at home to Arsenal (Aged: 20)
    • Club Career
      110 League apps (+2 as sub), 17 goals
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Mark CHAMBERLAIN - England - Biography 1982-84

As Luther Blissett grabbed headlines with England's first goal from a black player, Stoke City's exciting winger Mark Chamberlain earned his own glory by scoring the second in the same game. Luxembourg's 9-0 mauling in October 1982 marked the conclusion of a phenomenal rise from the ashes for Chamberlain, who had only joined Stoke City from Fourth Division rivals Port Vale the previous summer and had been given his chance by Bobby Robson on the basis of four months of top-flight football. The Luxembourg game - a qualifier for the 1984 European Championships - was Chamberlain's debut, on as a sub for Steve Coppell, and despite his goal and an impressive cameo, the opposition's weaknesses were taken into account and Robson narrowed his midfield for the Home International games which followed. When England found themselves a goal down against Denmark in a winner-takes-all qualifier, the Danes easily subdued England's cautious engine room and Robson threw Chamberlain on in an attempt at a second half salvage job, but England still lost 1-0. Chamberlain was dropped for the meaningless remainder games but with Coppell retiring prematurely through a knee injury, an opening seemed to be created in the summer of 1984 for Mark. He started a Home International tie against Scotland (see photo above) and then went on the highly eventful South American tour which brought fame and immortality for his fellow winger John Barnes, who took on the whole Brazilian defence to score a brilliant but millstone goal while Chamberlain watched in awe from the other flank. Mark started the two other games of the tour before stoutly and defiantly walking with Barnes through infamous racist chanting from far-right campaigners as England's party came through the arrivals lounge back home. Injury worries, Chamberlain's unglamorous club career and the emergence of both Chris Waddle and Trevor Steven, brought a brief but intriguing England career to a conclusion after an eighth and final cap was earned in a cakewalk 5-0 win over Finland in the opening qualifier for the 1986 World Cup. (Matthew Rudd)