Mark Lillis

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Mark Lillis
Personal information
Full nameMark Anthony Lillis
Date of birth (1960-01-17) 17 January 1960 (age 61)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Position(s) Midfielder, striker
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United (assistant manager)
Senior career*
1978–1985 Huddersfield Town 206 (56)
1985–1986 Manchester City 39 (11)
1986–1987 Derby County 15 (1)
1987–1989 Aston Villa 31 (4)
1989–1991 Scunthorpe United 68 (24)
1991–1992 Stockport County 11 (2)
1992–1993 Witton Albion 20 (10)
1993–1995 Macclesfield Town 37 (2)
Teams managed
1997 Scunthorpe United (caretaker)
1999–2000 Halifax Town
2003 Derby County (caretaker)
2004 Stockport County (caretaker)
2012 Huddersfield Town (caretaker)
2013 Huddersfield Town (caretaker)
2014 Huddersfield Town (caretaker)
2015 Huddersfield Town (caretaker)
2017–2018 Chennaiyin(assistant coach)
2020– Scunthorpe United (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mark Anthony Lillis (born 17 January 1960 in Manchester) is a former professional footballer and manager. He is currently assistant manager of League Two club Scunthorpe United.




Lillis started his professional career at Huddersfield Town in Summer 1978. He played for Huddersfield for seven seasons before being sold in 1985 to Manchester City for £130,000. He stayed at this club for just one season, in which he finished Manchester city's top scorer with 12 goals and in August 1986 was sold to Derby County for £200,000. Because of knee problems, he didn't play very often for Derby, and in September 1987 he went to Aston Villa. After that he played for Stockport County and Scunthorpe United before his playing career finished at Macclesfield Town in the mid 90s.

Manager and coach

Lillis took his first job as coach for Macclesfield Town. Later, he worked for Huddersfield Town before he became assistant manager of Scunthorpe United in 1996. His first job as manager came in 1999, when he took the job at Halifax Town, a job he had until September 2000. In 2002, after John Gregory had employed him as a coach at Derby County, and Gregory was suspended from the job, Lillis was for a short time in March 2003 caretaker manager of Derby.

In March 2003 he also became assistant manager to Sammy McIlroy who was manager of Northern Ireland, and held the part-time job until October 2003. After that he became assistant manager to Sammy McIlroy at Stockport County, and when McIlroy quit the job in November 2004, Lillis became caretaker manager of the club until the 18 December 2004 when Chris Turner took over as the new manager.

On 30 May 2006, Lillis once again took over as assistant manager to Sammy McIlroy at Morecambe. Both Lillis and McIlroy left the club by mutual consent on 9 May 2011, after a disappointing twentieth-place finish in Football League Two.

In December 2011, he returned to his first club, Huddersfield Town, to become their new Academy Manager. Two months later he was appointed caretaker manager after the sacking of Lee Clark. He remained in this role until the appointment of Simon Grayson as the new manager, but was never needed as Town had no matches in the intermittent period.

Following Grayson's sacking on 24 January 2013, he became caretaker manager again, this time taking charge of 5 match, beginning and ending with Town's FA Cup 4th round tie against Leicester City. His 5 games in charge saw Town draw with Leicester in the cup, get a 1–0 win over Crystal Palace, before losing 3–0 to Lillis' former club, Derby County, then holding the runaway leaders Cardiff City to a goalless draw, then getting a 2–1 win against Leicester in the cup replay at the King Power Stadium, setting up a 5th round tie with Premier League side Wigan Athletic.

Following the departure of Mark Robins after a 4–0 defeat by AFC Bournemouth, Lillis was once again made caretaker manager on 11 August 2014. [1]

Following the sacking of Chris Powell on the 4 November 2015 he had his fourth stint as the caretaker manager, this though would only consist of the Yorkshire derby against Leeds United which they lost 3–0.

As of August 2017 he is the assistant manager to John Gregory at Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC.

On 17 August 2020, Lillis rejoined Scunthorpe United, returning as assistant manager to Neil Cox. [2]


His son, Josh Lillis, plays for Barrow as a goalkeeper.

Career as a player

Club teams

ClubClub TypeClub GamesLeague GamesClub GoalsLeague GoalsPeriod
Flag of England.svg  England Huddersfield Town Professional234?63?07/1978 – 06/1985
Flag of England.svg  England Manchester City Professional5139151106/1985 – 08/1986
Flag of England.svg  England Derby County Contract19151108/1986 – 09/1987
Flag of England.svg  England Aston Villa Professional????09/1987 – 09/1989
Flag of England.svg  England Scunthorpe United Professional????09/1989 – 09/1991
Flag of England.svg  England Stockport County Professional880009/1991 – 08/1992
Flag of England.svg  England Witton Albion Semi-Professional880008/1992 – ?
Flag of England.svg  England Macclesfield Town Semi-Professional6137111993–1995

Career as manager

Halifax Town 1 June 199912 September 200060161430026.67
Derby County (caretaker)21 March 200331 March 20031001000.00
Stockport County (caretaker)31 July 19951 July 19996114016.67
Huddersfield Town (caretaker)15 February 201220 February 20120000!
Huddersfield Town (caretaker)24 January 201314 February 20135221040.00
Huddersfield Town (caretaker)11 August 20143 September 20146213033.33
Huddersfield Town (caretaker)4 November 20158 November 20151001000.00


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  1. "Huddersfield Town: Mark Lillis takes caretaker manager role". BBC. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  2. Staff, Media (17 August 2020). "Lillis reacts to his Iron return". Scunthorpe United FC.