Born in Lancashire Mark began his career at his home town club, Preston North End and also played for Brighton and Hove Albion before Bob Paisley paid £900,000 to bring him to Liverpool in 1981.
Mark won a host of major honours with Liverpool before an Achilles injury brought his playing career to a premature end at the age of 30. His partnership with Alan Hansen is still regarded by Liverpool fans as the club’s best-ever central defence pairing and he was capped 39 times by the Republic of Ireland.
At the end of his playing career ‘Lawro’ managed Oxford United and worked alongside Kevin Keegan as a defensive coach at Newcastle.
He has been a BBC football pundit since 1997 and is a now regular on Match of the Day alongside Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen whilst also fulfilling the role of summariser for Radio 5 live.