Goalkeeper Mark Ovendale, 37, loses battle with cancer

Mark Ovendale
Ovendale was ever-present for Bournemouth in the 1998/99 season

Much-travelled goalkeeper Mark Ovendale has died at the age of 37 following a battle with cancer.

His career included 181 Football League appearances for Northampton Town, Bournemouth, Luton Town and York City.

Born in Leicester, he began his career at non-League side Wisbech and also played for Barry Town, Tiverton Town, Carmarthen Town and Newport County.

Ovendale later had a coaching role at Wimborne Town, where he made a handful of appearances.

"We are all deeply shocked. Our thoughts go out to his family," Wimborne chairman Ken Stewart told his club's website.external-link

"Mark came to us as goalkeeping coach, he was very professional and well liked, and his work helped put us on the road to our eventual promotion."

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