Busy times ahead for Betts after he answers the call from Town

Mark Betts
Mark Betts

Brighouse Town’s new signing Mark Betts is hoping to bring some experience and plenty of goal-scoring to the team.

Off the football field, the 33-year-old, from Wibsey, Bradford, lives with partner Lisa Simmons and their children Joshua, 13, and Harvey, eight.

He also has his own window cleaning company and has been in the job for the past 15 years.

Attending Buttershaw Upper School, he began playing football aged 10 for Buttershaw in the Bradford Sunday League and remained there until aged 16 when he then went to play in the Saturday League for County Amateurs.

At 20, Mark had his first taste of semi-professional football playing at Farsley Celtic.

After four years at Throstle Nest, Mark then made the move to Gainsborough Trinity in the Conference North but due to the travelling into north east Lincolnshire he left the club and signed for Guiseley before then heading to Bradford Park Avenue for around three seasons.

From there he went back to the reformed and newly-named Farsley AFC but he kept pulling his hamstring and decided to take a break from the game.

Then, with the urge to play again, he began to have a dabble in the lower leagues and went on to play at Thackley where his friend was coaching.

When he got back into the swing of things he then signed for Curzon and Ashton FC, based in Ashton-under-Lyne, and stayed at the club for two years.

They went on to win the Evo Stik North Premier Division title last year and also won the league that Brighouse Town play in now.

“Paul (Quinn) wanted me pre-season but I said I wasn’t interested and I was going to retire and just play a bit of Sunday League,” said Betts.

“But then he asked my friend again for my number and we spoke. He said he needed a goal-scorer, a finisher.

When playing at Farsley, Mark estimates that he scored around 25 goals in the season, something that would only enhance the team at Town.

So besides his own business, family and playing for Brighouse Town, Mark also coaches his son Harvey’s football team – Wyke Under-9’s – and holds a level one coaching badge.

“I only started this year, they had no one and were going to stop that age group so I stepped in,” he added.

“I am very busy and I only get Monday and Wednesday evenings to myself.”

Having played at Guiseley with striker James Hanson, Mark likes to keep an eye on Bradford City and his friend and is also a member at Headley Golf Club playing off a 14 handicap.

“I would like to lower that but it’s all about time,” said Mark.

“Everyone at Brighouse has made me feel welcome and they are a good bunch of lads. I hope I can do what I came to do and score plenty of goals for the club.”