Norwich initially bid for Crewe striker Mark Rivers on Transfer
Deadline Day in March 2001. Another bid was made in May 2001 as
Nigel Worthington sought a pacy
striker to partner Iwan Roberts, and
share the goal scoring responsibilities. Both bids were rejected
but in June 2001, Crewe and Norwich came to agreement over a deal
worth approximately £700,000. Whilst Rivers was on holiday and
hadn't signed a contract or passed a medical, the deal was concluded
by both clubs as a forgone concussion. Mark finally signed for
Norwich at the end of June 2001. 25 year old Rivers has scored
58 goals in 239 games for Crewe,including 10 goals in 38 appearances
Mark made 37 appearances during Norwich's almost-successful 2001/02
campaign but only completed 90minutes on one ocassion giving the
Carrow Road faithful concern over his long term fitness. Mark
started the 2002/03 season well but suffered an injury against
Watford that saw him miss over a month's action. He finished the
campaign with 32 appearances and 4 goals to his credit.
Another good start ot 2003/04 saw him quickly established as the
Canaries' leading scorer until injury again forced him out of the
side. When fit, he could not displace either loan signing Kevin
Harper or youngster Ian Henderson.
Rumours from Carrow Road also suggested a bust-up between Rivers
and manager Nigel Worthington. Unable to get a first team place,
Mark made it clear that he needed first team football. Crewe offered
to take him on loan in January 2004 but Norwich refused and Mark
returned to the City team in the 1-0 defeat to Bradford on 10th
January 2004, albeit as substitute.
In June 2004, Rivers was the subject of speculation linking him
with a move to Burnley. At the beginning of July 2004, Norwich and
Rivers agreed to cancel his contract as he wanted first team football.
He joined neighbours Ipswich Town almost immediately, playing in
their pre-season friendly against Peterborough on 10th July 2004.
When Ipswich decided against taking him on, Mark returned to Crewe
on trial. He signed a two year deal with his former club on 20th
July at half-time during Crewe's friendly with Everton
On 23rd January 2006, Mark signed for Carlisle until the end of
the 2005/6 season. He parted company with them on mutual terms on
28th April 2006.