Mark Sandford trades Hoops for Reds
Mark played underage football with Lourdes Celtic and Crumlin United before signing with Shamrock Rovers U19s in 2012/13.
For the senior team, he was an unused substitute in the Hoops Leinster Senior Cup final win over St Pats CY on 3 September 2012 and he played in the summer friendly against Aston Villa in August 2013. He re-signed for the club’s U19 squad for the 2013/14 season.
In February 2014 Mark was included in the Hoops’ reserve side that competed in the 2014 First Division. He made 19 league appearances for Colin Hawkins team – seven starts and twelve as substitute.
He will be remembered by Shelbourne supporters as the player who grabbed two late goals against the Reds at Tolka in September. Shels had been leading 3-0, but Sanford brace made for a very anxious last few minutes for the home Management, Players and Supporters.
Mark was a team-mate, at Rovers,of Stephen Confrey, who joined Martin Murray’s Under 19s in August.