By Worried Turkey.
In 1988, at the age of 16, Mark Bosnich moved to England signing for Manchester United. He made his debut on 30 April 1990 in the First Division fixture against Wimbledon. During his first stint at Man United (three years) Bosnich made three appearances.
Sir Alex had high hopes for Bosnich so it was with much chagrin when the Australian goalkeeper decided to leave. Prior to his move to Aston Villa there were concerns regarding a work permit and this was apparently the main reason why he left United (it was rumoured he married an English woman in order to remain on these shores). Bosnich became Villa’s first choice goalkeeper in the 1994-95 season, helping them claim the League Cup, but the Birmingham club disappointed in the league, narrowly avoiding relegation. During the same season Bosnich was found guilty of misconduct when he gestured a Nazi salute in front of the Tottenham Hotspur fans at White Hart Lane. He was fined £1000. Bosnich went on to spend three more seasons at Villa Park before re-joining Manchester United.
Now separated from his first wife, Bosnich was due to marry for a second time. He almost failed to attend the wedding when he was arrested for an incident at a strip club during his stag night celebrations. He was only released on bail hours before the wedding. Football wise he started well, playing a key role in the post Treble season of 1999-00. However, after impressing during World Cup 98 and Euro 2000 Sir Alex signed French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez in the summer of 2000. This saw a dramatic downturn in Bosnich’s fortunes as he became third choice and was never to play for the Red Devils again.
Mark was one of those keepers. At times he could be absolutely brilliant. If he had buckled down and not believed media reports (about him) he could have become one of United’s better keepers. I’m not sure Sir Alex forgot or forgave Mark for how he left United for Villa. One of his better games was against Palmeiras of Brazil in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, thus helping United to become the first English team to win the Toyota World Club Championship (sorry Scousers, something else we beat you to!!!)
Bosnich’s next stop in English football was Chelsea. Although this was a move to a club where he would only play seven games, it will, not for the first time, be remembered for arguably one of the biggest scandals that has hit football in this country in the modern era. Bosnich failed a drugs test, got sacked by his new employers and was banned from the game for nine months. The revelation to come out as a consequence was the fact that he had a cocaine problem, and was absent from the game from 2002-2007.
After another failed marriage and a few comeback attempts (trials with QPR, Walsall and Bolton) and countless teams back in Australia, Mark finally hung his boots up. He entered the profession of commentating for Fox Sports and is a sports agent (just hope nobody takes his advice!!).
Mark had the build and the ability to have been one of the best, but sadly let him and most clubs he played for down, which was a real shame…
Birth place: Fairfield, Austrailia
Manchester United appearances: 38
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