Mark ‘Sparky’ Rutherford arrived at league of Ireland club Shelbourne FC  on loan from Birmingham City in 1991.

He has since played for Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Longford Town.

And he’s still playing.

Niall Farrell writes

As part of FARE week, the 1895 Trust, the Supporters Trust for Shelbourne FC fans, has produced a documentary focusing on the career of Mark Rutherford. Rutherford talks about his career in Irish football, how he deals with discrimination and why, into his 40s, he still plays football.
The Trust is also working with Show Racism the Red Card and the FAI at tonight’s game in Tolka Park against Drogheda United to raise awareness of the aims of FARE week amongst fans of both clubs.


Directed by Simon Crowe; Produced by Simon Crowe and Lee Daly; Second Camera by Ciaran Murray; Editing by Simon Crowe; Music – Moby “Chord Sounds”


Show Racism The Red Card ( The 1895 Trust, Shelbourne FC)

FAI Fare Week (FAI)

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