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Mark Tovey

Mark Tovey
Personal information
Full name Mark Steven Tovey
Date of birth (1955-05-07) 7 May 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth Pretoria, South Africa
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1965–1971 Durban City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Durban United 41 (2)
1973–1979 Durban City 234 (15)
1980–1982 Dynamos
1982–1983 Durban City 60 (4)
1983–1988 Bush Bucks 170 (15)
1988–1991 Kaizer Chiefs 68 (7)
1991–1992 Manning Rangers 12 (1)
Total 585 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2012

Mark Tovey (born 7 May 1955) [1] is a retired South African footballer.

Early life

He attended Northlands Primary School and Northlands Secondary School (now Northwood School) in Durban North.[1]

Club career

He played for the Durban City under 10, 12 and 14. He was signed by Durban United in 1971 at the age of 16. He moved to Durban City in 1973 where he spent six seasons there. He won the Federation Professional League and Cup double in 1978. He won the 1982 and 1983 NPSL with City during his second spell under Clive Barker.[1] He joined Bush Bucks in 1983 with Dennis Wicks. He won the inaugural National Soccer League in 1985 under Clive Barker. He was teammates with Mike Mangena and Mlungisi Ngubane, Barnett Gondwe and Daniel Ramarutsi in a team known as The Untouchables. He later won the JPS Knockout Cup in 1987 after a replay against Orlando Pirates. He was voted as the Player of the Tournament.[1][2] He finally joined Chiefs in 1988 at the age of 33. Kaizer Motaung had been trying to sign Tovey since the early 70s.[3] He won six trophies with Chiefs, during his spell he groomed Lucas Radebe who later played for Leeds United[1][2]

Coaching career

He coached Manning Rangers and saved them from relegation from the OK League.[3]

After retirement

He is still connected to sport and currently works as a partner of the southern African agency for Nike Golf distribution in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.[1]

Personal life

He is married and has three children and two grandchildren. He is the older brother of Neil Tovey.[3]

Chilean footballer Mark Dennis González Hoffman was named after Tovey and Dennis Wicks, both former teammates of his father Raúl who played for Bush Bucks. Gonzalez said that a coin was tossed to determine whose name would be used first, and it was Tovey.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Durban Living Legend - Mark Steven Tovey - Community Memory". 7 May 1955. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
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  3. ^ a b c Marc Strydom (26 June 2011). "Former Chiefs' defensive stalwart still on the ball". Times LIVE. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
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