Martin Compston's football tweet helps ex-wonder kid ease pain of losing mum

The actor, who played for ­Morton as a teenager, named Mark Molloy as the best young player he’s ever seen. Mark, from Chapelhall in Lanarkshire, was once the most sought-after youngster in British football. But after suffering a serious leg break at 14 playing for Scotland against England in the Victory Shield, his progress was curtailed. Mark, 36, became a PE teacher and now runs Soccer Superstars, his academy for kids. His mum Theresa died on Thursday, days after Martin’s ­message – and Mark admitted it had a positive impact on the whole family. “That game Martin is talking about was over 20 years ago so it’s amazing that he remembers, especially from a guy who’s done really well for himself in his own career. “A lot of people got in touch, with messages back and forth, and even my local MP got involved as well. “Sometimes I’ll be ­having a beer with mates and they’ll talk about how good I was as a kid but I tell them to be quiet – I’m 36, it was 20 years ago now.