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{{Infobox football biography using [[Project:AWB(age 2017)(age 2017) Mark Came (born September 14, 1961, Exeter) was a professional footballer who made more than 300 Football League appearances for Bolton Wanderers, Chester City and Exeter City. He is now manager of non-league side Barnton.

Came began his playing career with Middlewich Athletic and joined Nantwich Town in October 1982. He soon moved on to Winsford United, who he played for until Bolton Wanderers gave him his first Football League chance when they signed him in April 1984. Came became a regular for Wanderers over the next four years, winning promotion from Division Four in 1987 88. But a broken leg early in the 1988 89 season after a tackle by Chester City's striker Ian Benjamin ruled him out for more than a year thus ending interest in him by Arsenal, Ipswich Town and Everton. After this Came struggled to re-establish himself in the Bolton side and in December 1992 he ironically moved across the north-west to Chester.

Although Came was unable to save Chester from relegation to Division Three in his first season with the club, he helped them win promotion straight back the following season. The campaign memorably saw him deputise in goal for almost the entire 90 minutes away at Scarborough when regular goalkeeper Billy Stewart suffered an injury in the warm-up. Came kept a clean sheet as Chester won 1-0 and he struck up a solid central defensive pairing with Colin Greenall as City sealed the runners-up spot.

But in July 1994 Came opted to remain in Division Three by joining Exeter City, where he won player of the season in his two years with the Grecians. This marked the end of his professional career, as he made a surprise return to Winsford.

He played for Winsford until retiring through injury in December 1998, but he remained involved at the club and was appointed manager for the 1999 2000 season.

Came has since become manager of Cheshire side Barnton, where he is still in charge today.

His son Shaun Came has played professionally for Macclesfield Town. and he is currently partner of Sharon Oakes, a relation of former Manchester City player Alan Oakes and ex-Aston Villa goalkeeper Michael Oakes

Came is an indifferent golfer who once spent five minutes looking for his seven iron after it flew into the rough following his drive.

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