Where are they now? Mark Briggs
Our (very !) infrequent series looks at past Lockmen players and how their career continued after leaving the club.
Mark Briggs hit the headlines in pre-season of the 2017/18 campaign when his side Real Salt Lake (RSL) hosted Manchester United on their pre-season tour of the USA.
Mark, who was part of our club during the Southern Football League Division One Midlands 2006/7 season, is currently assistant coach to RSL boss Mike Petke. In addition to this role Mark is also head coach to Real Monarchs, a feeder team to the MLS side that competes in the United Soccer League (2nd tier football in the US).
Mark joined the club in time to start the season, moving on from Hednesford Town following their relegation into Conference North. He stayed with The Lockmen for the majority of the 2006/7 season, scoring 11 times in 37 appearances before leaving in April to end the season with Chasetown. He made just 2 appearances for them before leaving our shores for the 2nd time (first time to Denmark to play football for 2 seasons with Herfølge, after being released from WBA), heading off to play for Kalamazoo Outrage, helping the to make the play-offs in the USL Premier Development League.
Mark then spent time between the UK and his first ventures over in the USA. His managerial career so far has only been in the US, starting at USL Second Division Wilmington Hammerheads (following 2 seasons, the 2nd spell of which he ended his playing career with them) before moving onto Real Monarchs.
Not bad going……Willenhall to the US in 10 year! Look forward to his return one day in a pre-season friendly!
Marks “Did you know?” He auditioned for the third season of the Danish version of the reality show ‘Big Brother’, making it to the final casting stage. However he decided instead to move back to England before the show started, signing for Notts County.