A tall, powerful striker, Mark Hateley began his much travelled and highly distinguished career at Coventry City. From there he went on to sign for Portsmouth, where a short but highly successful spell led to him being signed by Italian giants A.C. Milan in 1984. His youth coach at the club was Fabio Capello and in an interview in 2009 Hateley credited Capello with shaping his career. His travels continued in 1987 when he signed for AS Monaco, where he was coached by Arsene Wenger.
(Mark Hateley is pictured, far right, Managing the Rangers Home team in the Football Aid 2007 match)
However it was to be his spell with Rangers where he enjoyed the greatest period of sustained club success in his career. Signing in 1990 Hateley formed a lethal partnership with Ally McCoist, scoring over 100 goals in his two spells at the club, quickly winning over fans when he scored both goals in a title-clinching 2-0 victory against Aberdeen on the final day of the 1990-91 season. This was to be the 1st of 6 League titles Hateley won with the club, he also won the Scottish and League Cups in his time at Ibrox.
Hateley had brief spells with QPR and Leeds United before being appointed player-manager of Hull City in 1997, however his spell at the cash strapped club was to be shortlived.
Despite his appearances being limited by injury, Hateley was capped 32 times for England scoring 9 goals for the national team, with his debut goal in 1984 coming in the same Away game against Brazil that featured John Barnes' iconic goal.
His father Tony was a well known professional player with Notts County, Chelsea and Liverpool and his son Tom has followed in the Hateley family footsteps and as of 2009 was playing for Motherwell in the SPL.
Away from the playing and management side Mark has been active in the media, appearing as a co-commentator and pundit on Setanta Sports, he is also employed by Rangers as a Club Ambassador.
Mark has been a regular fixture at our Ibrox matches, Managing the likes of Ally McCoist in our matches and we're delighted to have him on board as our Football Aid Ambassador for Rangers.