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Mark Nelson Paston (born December 13, 1976) is a New Zealandmarker football goalkeeper who plays for the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League.

Club career

His senior career began with Napier City Rovers before he moved to the United Kingdommarker in 2003 to join Bradford City. He followed this with a season at Walsall and then St Johnstone, before returning to New Zealand to with the New Zealand Knights, and later their replacement in the A-League, Wellington Phoenix.

International career

Paston, having represented New Zealand at Under-23 level, made his full All Whites debut at the age of 20 in a 5–0 loss to Indonesia on 21 September 1997, but did not feature in another full international until 2003, Jason Batty, Michael Utting and later Ross Nicholson being preferred choices. Since returning to the international side in 2003, Paston has competed with former Wellington Phoenix team-mate Glen Moss for the goalkeeper position.

He was named as part of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup New Zealand squad to travel to South Africa, where he was second choice as Moss played in all three games. However, Moss's suspension from international football for improper conduct meant that Paston played in the World Cup Qualification playoff against Bahrain. On 10 October 2009 Paston kept a clean sheet in the first leg in Riffamarker, and in the return leg on 14 November 2009 he was Man of the Match, saving a penalty from Sayed Mohamed Adnan in the 51st minute which was enough to secure New Zealand a 1-0 win in Wellingtonmarker, enabling them to qualify for the World Cup for only the second time in their history.


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