Mark Carrington makes 200th league appearance for Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 06 Aug 2019

Mark Carrington's appearance against Boreham Wood books his place in the Wrexham AFC history books – his 200th league game for the club.

Only the third Dragon to achieve the milestone since relegation from the Football League, Carrington is the 38th post-war Wrexham player to reach 200 league games for the club.

Signed by Andy Morrell in 2013, after spending the summer on trial, Carrington – originally a midfielder but more commonly used as a right-back during his time here – initially signed on non-contract terms.

He made his debut against Aldershot on September 21, 2013 and signed a permanent deal two months later.

Carra has since played under seven permanent managers in total, becoming an integral squad member under each of them, and shared the pitch with 139 team-mates.

Now the squad’s vice-captain, the 32-year-old has scored five league goals – most recently a last-minute winner against Solihull Moors in August 2016.

Originally from Warrington, Carrington was a product of the Crewe Alex youth academy, having joined the club aged seven.

Carrington helped the Alex reach the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2004, where they lost to a Middlesbrough side containing future internationals James Morrison and Adam Johnson.

After a successful loan spell with Leigh RMI, Carra was handed his first professional contract in 2006 before again impressing out on loan with Kidsgrove Athletic.

He made his Crewe debut in April 2007 and went on to make 37 appearances in all competitions before joining Paul Ince’s MK Dons.

Champions League winner Dietmar Hamman was among his team-mates in Milton Keynes, and he eventually replaced the German in central midfield.

After leaving MK Dons in February 2011, he joined SPL side Hamilton Academical for four months and then returned to North West England, signing for Bury.

He left the Shakers after their relegation to League Two in 2013, however, from where he signed for Wrexham.

Carrington was used as a right-back throughout his first season and was voted Player of the Season at the end of his first campaign, which brought 37 league appearances and two goals.

The following year, Carrington scored the opening goal at Premier League Stoke City in the FA Cup in front of the Wrexham fans.

He was also an unused substitute for the FA Trophy Final defeat at Wembley, while making a further 30 league appearances.

After injury curtailed his season, he took time to re-establish himself as the regular right-back in the following campaign but did score the winning goal in a 1-0 success at Torquay.

Carra made his 100th league appearance for Wrexham against Dover on the opening day of the 2016/17 campaign and scored the last-minute winner against Solihull later that month.

Re-established as the regular right-back, Carrington only missed two leagues in the entire campaign.

The arrival of Kevin Roberts the following season saw him compete with both him and James Jennings for a place in the team over the next two seasons.

Also deployed as a defensive midfielder on occasion, he finished the 2018/19 campaign by setting up Nicky Deverdics’ winning goal on the final day of the regular season.

That was also his 198th league appearance for the club, and Carrington signed another new deal in the summer to continue under Bryan Hughes.

His subsequent appearances against Barrow and Boreham Wood guaranteed his place in the Wrexham history books.

READ MORE: The 200 club: Mark Carrington and the 38 post-war Wrexham players to make 200 league appearances for the club

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