Mark Anderson has now left Spennymoor Town after it was mutually agreed to cancel the 34-year-old’s contract at The Brewery Field.
The midfielder originally arrived at the Club in January 2016 and went on to become a real fans’ favourite as he produced a catalogue of mercurial performances in black and white.
Anderson’s range of passing allied with a sharp football brain meant he was adept at unlocking opposition defences to regularly create opportunities for his teammates.
As well as that, the talented midfield star also became renowned for scoring spectacular goals from inside and outside the area, and with right foot and left.
He played a key role as Moors won promotion to National League North for the first time in the Club’s history in 2016/17, a season when they played away at MK Dons after reaching the First Round of the FA Cup.
Affectionately known as Sparky, Anderson’s classy displays helped the Club establish themselves at the higher level and begin to challenge at the top end of the table.
During a remarkable 2018/19 campaign, Anderson’s almost telepathic understanding with Glen Taylor saw the duo create and score over 70 goals between them as Moors finished fourth.
The season ultimately ended in heartbreak following a penalty shootout defeat Chorley in the Play-Off Final, but Anderson had underlined his quality, being named as National League North Player of the Month for February 2019.
In more recent years, Anderson has continued to impact on games and conjure yet more spectacular goals, including terrific strikes against Runcorn and Telford last term and special strikes at Gloucester City and Darlington during the current campaign.
“Sparky has been such a model professional since he joined the Football Club over eight years ago,” admitted Head of Football, Jason Ainsley.
“He will go down as one of the best technically gifted players that I have had the pleasure to manage, and he should always hold a special place in the hearts of Spennymoor Town fans and everyone involved at the Club.
“He has provided us all with so many great memories, not only with his goals and performances but also the way he has conducted himself throughout his time at The Brewery Field.
“I wish him well for the future as he has decided that the travelling is becoming a burden with his promotion at work.
“Obviously, it is sad when we say goodbye to someone who has been with us for so long, but he leaves with our best wishes, and we must now look forward.”