An ex-footballer has set himself a new goal – to be a chauffeur to the next generation of football stars.
Mark Rivers, from Beat Lane, Macclesfield, scored a successful career playing for Crewe Alexandra, Norwich City and Carlisle United.
The winger came up against such footballing greats as Paul Gasgoine, Marcel Desailly, David Ginola and Dennis Bergkamp, before retiring through injury, aged 30.
The 36-year-old has tried his hand at property development, as a horse trainer, and even as an engineer. But now Mark is kicking off a new venture – Rivers Corporate Chauffeur. Mark, a dad-of-three, said: “I’ve tried my hand at a few things which I’ve really enjoyed, but I think this could be my calling.
“As a player I’ve been around the country half a million times and really know my way around.
“Who better for Wayne Rooney or Mario Balotelli to have drive them than someone they can really talk shop to.”
In the meantime, you don’t have to be a millionaire to hire Mark, as he is available for corporate clients and weddings.
Mark signed his professional papers with Crewe at 18 and played two spells for the club.
He finished his playing days at Carlisle in 2006, aged 30.
During his career he netted 80 goals during 507 games.
Mark looks at his career with fondness, but doesn’t regret retiring. He said: “I gave up the game because my body was on the decline and I was suffering from injury, but I was also falling out of love with football.
“It’s a strange industry to be involved in. While I’m glad I’m doing other things, I look back with fondness and feel I had some great achievements: playing top teams like Chelsea and Arsenal, against my hero Denis Bergkamp, and playing at the old Wembley.”
Mark relishes his private life, living in Rushton Spencer with partner Rachel Buxton and their daughters Fallon, eight, and Daisy, four. He also has a son, Marcus, 15, from a previous relationship.
He said: “I was never one of these players that lived and breathed the game.
“I have a few shirts and memorabilia from those days, but, as corny as it sounds, my most treasured possessions are my kids.”