20th August 1987
Central Defender
Joined Linfield
June 1, 2015
Previous Clubs
Ballinamallard United
Shirt Number
Home Shirt Sponsor
In memory of Eddie McCurry
Away Shirt Sponsor
Michael Lusty
Player Notes
Ballinamallard Head Coach Whitey Anderson coached and developed Mark Stafford since he was a boy. Mark won the Irish Youth Cup in 2006 under Whitey and he was captain of the Ballinamallard United squad that won the Championship 1 title in 2011/12 and earned the Fermanagh club's historic promotion to the Premiership where they have remained successfully for 3 seasons.

In announcing on April 20, 2015 that Mark and his team mate David Kee had signed pre-contracts to join Linfield Whitey stated “I have known Mark Stafford for over 20 years, and Davy Kee has been at Ballinamallard for over 6 years. They are two fine young men with great ability and integrity."

Linfield announced on April 20, 2015 that Mark had signed a pre-contract to join Linfield at the end of the 2014/15 season.

Linfield debut in a home 5-0 win against Glebe Rangers in the League Cup on September 1, 2015.

First goal in a 2-0 home County Antrim Shield semi final win against Carrick Rangers on Tuesday December 15, 2015.

Mark agreed a 1 year contract extension on January 19, 2017 to take effect at the expiry of his current contract at the end of the season.

Billy Meikle Memorial Award Winner 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2020/21

Agreed 1 year contract extension in February 2018 to take effect on the expiry of his existing contract at the end of the 2017/18 season.

100th appearance in a 2-2 home draw against Coleraine on April 21, 2018.

Mark agreed a one year contract extension on April 9, 2019.

Agreed a one year contract extension in May 2020.

150th game in a 1-0 home defeat by Glentoran on February 23, 2021.

Scored what turned out to be his final goal in a 3-1 home win against Crusaders on May 4, 2021.

Final game as a sub in a 2-0 win at Solitude on May 29, 2021

Signed for Glenavon at the start of the 2021-22 season

(at end of 2020/21)

Played: 158 (including 10 as sub)

Goals: 30
Next Match
Co Antrim Shield
Kick-off : 19th October @ 7:45pm
Venue : Windsor Park Buy Tickets Now
Last Match
Warrenpoint Town
Irish Premier League Match Report