Wednesday, 3 November 2010
180 Mark Payne
Position : Midfield
Played : 1991-92 to 1992-93
Appearances : 62
Goals : 8
Mark came here as part of the deal that took Peter Ward to Stockport. He had an interesting career beginning in non-league with Cheltenham and Ledbury while working as a postman. Somehow he came to the attention of Dutch side Cambuur Leeuwarden who paid £7,000 for him. It was money well spent as he was there for 7 years becoming a fans' favourite. He eventually returned to England with Stockport where he was an important player in their promotion-winning side in 1990-91. However my sources told me that he was shagging someone he shouldn't and that's why he was included in the Ward deal.
My Stockport-supporting colleague told me he was a good player but may have been influenced by the fact that Mark was giving him free tickets. For us he looked like a decent player going to seed. He was often anonymous in games though he did set up a win against Barnet by taking out their playmaker Kenny Lowe early in the game. Quite regularly he would read an opportunity but just fail through lack of pace to get his foot to the ball. Mark kept us waiting for his first goal but it was a belter swivelling on a sixpence 20 yards out and rifling it past Alan Judge in the Hereford goal. In the first half of the following season he had a purple patch where he looked our best player but after Christmas he disappeared from the side and was almost forgotten by the time he was released in the summer.
He dropped back into non-league with Chorley.