Signed from Charlton in Billy Bremner's chase for promotion in
1987, Mark Aizlewood brought some solidity to the midfield and
found himself facing his old team-mates in the play-off final at
the end of the year. Unfortunately, he found himself on the losing
side but he became a regular for Leeds and also kept his place in
Wales' national side, picking up 9 full caps while at Leeds to add
to the 3 he picked up while at Charlton.
He was made club captain by Bremner, and continued in that role
under Wilko, despite some disciplinary problems on and off the
field. However a "gesture" that he made in frustration to the Kop
during a run of poor form was the end of his Leeds career: subbed,
stripped of the captaincy and playing for Bradford by the end of
Aizlewood went on to win more caps for his country while still
playing for lower division teams in England: always a battler but
without that final couple of percent of discipline, athleticism and
talent that might have propelled him to the very top level.
says: Enquiry: Does Mark Aizlewood now run a football development
school? If so, where is it located? I live in Cwmbran, South Wales
and saw his name on the side of a van.
Geoffrey R. Curtis says: He drink down the cross hands pub,
Newport, with his brother Steve. I know his cousin
Mike F says: All I know about Mark Azlewood is he was big, stood
around on the pitch not seeming to do very much, and flicked the
V's at the kop in his final game for us. Can't say I miss him.
Neale Bray says: Mark had a tremendous shot when he connected
properly - I remember at him Kenilworth Road accidentally driving
one into the referee who was at least twenty yards away from him
but required extensive treatment and couldn't continue. I also
recollect that he played in the first league game on a plastic
pitch at Loftus Road when Luton won 2-1, he scored one with a
terrific shot and rattled the woodwork with a piledriver which
caused the entire frame to wobble!
Jamie Crocker says: hi, Mark's my uncle, and im proud to say it.
In my view his football career was quite successful.
Danielle Davies says: Hi Mark is my uncle too. I have travelled
all over the country watching him play and I know that the
highlight of is carrer apart from playing for Wales was playing for
Ed says: Mark was a solid player for Bristol City in the early
90's. Would not say anything bad about him as he was always
committed, and not afraid to have a pop at team-mates if they made
Rav says: Reasonably solid player at County but for me never a
patch on his brother Steve. Bit of a county turncoat in his new
guise as apologist for the old men of the welsh fa.
Ricky & Sion say: I work with Mark Aizlewood and i think he
was a great player and i'm proud to have met him!!
Daniel Burgess says: i work with mark aswell and i think that
he's a bit big headed about his playing ability when really he
wasn't even that good!!
Anon says: I'm a Bradford City fan. Aizlewood played for us and
went from hero to zero after saying he wanted Germany to beat
england in the 1990 world cup. He was then sold to Bristol City.
Before that he had total respect whilst the other players were
walking off the pitch. Mark used to come over to the travelling
army of city fans and show his appreciation. He was solid in the
midfield a good passer and good in the air. Only thing he lacked
Mark Thomas says: Aizlewood played for my local side Aberystwyth
Town in the League of Wales for the 1996/97 season and was
excellant in the heart of defence. I was 11 when we were in the
Welsh Cup semi final and I was selected to be mascot - he went out
his way to make me feel welcome and seemed to inspire the players
quite abit in the changing room. Nice guy, although abit of a potty
Paul Howells says: Mark is also my uncle. I think he is the best
player that Wales has ever produced. (Ha Ha - I'll have that tenner
Scott Carrick says: I remember Mark Aizlewood playing for
Bristol City, he was a man mountain and could out wit and out
muscle any opponent on his day.