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One to Watch: Mark Molesley

10 August 2013

Mark Molesley (Aldershot Town)


Name: Mark Molesley

Position: Midfield

DOB: 11.03.81 | Hillingdon

Career: Hayes, Cambridge City, Aldershot Town, Stevenage Borough, Grays Athletic, Bournemouth (L), Bournemouth, Aldershot Town (L), Plymouth Argyle (L), Exeter City

ATFC Apps: 46 | Goals: 1

There have been over 40 players coming in and out of the Recreation Ground during the close season, as Shots’ manager Andy Scott frantically looked to assemble a squad capable of overhauling the club’s ten-point deficit in the Skrill Premier.

And one of those players that made the final cut will be a familiar face to Shots’ fans, moving to the Recreation Ground for a third spell.

Midfielder Mark Molesley originally joined the Hampshire-based club in 2006 for a one-season spell that culminated in the Shots regaining their Football League status.

Returning on loan in 2011/12, the 32-year-old midfielder played another eight games for the Shots and now re-joins for a second permanent spell.

Coming through the ranks at Hayes, Mark racked up over 170 appearances in all competitions for the West London outfit over a six-year period.

An impressive season with Cambridge City followed, where Mark netted seven times in 30 games, and this earned a move to the Shots for his first spell.

Mark was an integral member of Gary Waddock’s side, as they won promotion to the Football League in impressive fashion.

Surprisingly, the midfielder opted to stay in non-league at the season’s end and move to big-spending Stevenage and then Grays Athletic.

An excellent start to his time at Grays, quickly alerted then-Bournemouth manager Jimmy Quinn to the player’s services; the Cherries were struggling to overcome a 17-point deduction in League Two and Molesley added some real grit to their midfield.

Despite Quinn’s departure from Dean Court on New Year’s Eve 2008, his replacement Eddie Howe moved quickly to secure the player’s services on a permanent basis.

Mark would go on to help the Cherries win promotion from League Two and establish themselves in League One.

The former Hayes man ended the 2011/12 campaign on loan at Aldershot and spent a similar period at Plymouth last season. 

In January, Mark was allowed to leave Bournemouth and moved back to Devon with Exeter City.

He played eleven times for the Grecians towards the season’s end but was allowed to leave following the expiration of his contract in May.

Shots fans will know exactly what they are getting with the experienced campaigner; a good, honest, hard-working professional, who will provide leadership and a calming influence in the centre of the park.

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