Ben Clark (footballer, born 1983)

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Ben Clark
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Personal information
Full name Benjamin Clark
Date of birth (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Consett, England[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre-back
Centre midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gateshead
Number 6
Youth career
1999 Manchester United
1999–2000 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Sunderland 8 (0)
2004–2010 Hartlepool United 162 (6)
2010– Gateshead 171 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:38, 20 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Benjamin "Ben" Clark (born 24 January 1983 in Consett, England) is a professional footballer who plays for Conference National side Gateshead.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Clark began his career as a trainee for Manchester United, but became homesick and signed for Sunderland in August 1999.

Sunderland[edit]

He made his Sunderland debut in a 2–1 Worthington Cup win away to Luton Town in September 2000.[2] However, Clark saw his opportunities at Sunderland limited and he only made 11 appearances in his first three seasons and mainly found himself playing for the reserves. Despite the lack of appearances for his league side, Clark represented England as a defender up until under-20 level and he captained the under-19s.

Mick McCarthy tipped Clark to play an important role in Sunderland's promotion campaign. However, he decided to let Clark look for new clubs to pursue his career. In the 2004–05 season, Clark was signed by Neale Cooper and moved to Hartlepool United.

Hartlepool United[edit]

Clark made his Hartlepool debut against Peterborough but a series of injuries disrupted his first season at the club and Clark found it difficult to gain a regular starting place in the team. He was commonly used as a utility player to cover injuries in defence and midfield. Despite this Clark went on to make 25 league appearances and 6 in cup competitions.

In the 06–07 season played a key role as Hartlepool won promotion from League Two alongside Michael Nelson. The pair played a major part in an 18-game unbeaten run. Clark made 35 appearances in the 08/09 season but the arrival of Sam Collins meant that Clark was moved back into midfield. After losing his place in the side Clark spent much of the 09/10 as a substitute and was released at the end of the season.[3]

Gateshead[edit]

On 14 June 2010, Clark signed for Conference National side Gateshead[4] and was named captain on 10 August 2010, replacing Kris Gate.[5] Clark made his debut for Gateshead on 14 August 2010 against Kettering Town.[6] Clark scored his first goal for Gateshead on 22 February 2011 in a 4–1 win against Kettering Town at Rockingham Road.[7] He made 53 appearances during his first season at the club, missing only 3 games, and won Gateshead's Player of the Year award.[8]

He agreed a new one-year contract with the club in May 2012 to cover the 2012–13 season.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 September 2014[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2000–01 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2003–04 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2004–05 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 8 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 14 0
Hartlepool United 2004–05 25 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 32 0
2005–06 32 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 34 0
2006–07 40 3 3 0 1 0 2 0 46 3
2007–08 19 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 22 1
2008–09 35 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 40 2
2009–10 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 162 6 16 0 1 0 6 0 185 6
Gateshead 2010–11 44 2 2 0 0 0 7 0 53 2
2011–12 40 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 48 0
2012–13 33 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 36 2
2013–14 44 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 52 0
2014–15 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 171 3 8 0 0 0 20 1 199 4
Career total 341 9 26 0 5 0 26 1 398 10
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in The Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy, Football League Trophy and play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Luton 1–2 Sunderland (Agg: 1–5)". BBC Sport. 26 September 2000. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Clark, Jones, Rowell Leave As Pools Release Seven". Vital Hartlepool. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gateshead land Hartlepool United defender". Gateshead F.C. 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dowson released / Clark new captain". Gateshead F.C. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gateshead 0–0 Kettering Town". Gateshead FC. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kettering Town 1–4 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gateshead FC 2010/11 Awards". Gateshead FC. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Bowron, Jeff (10 May 2012). "Ten On Board At Gateshead". BlueSq Premier. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ben Clark Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Walsall vs Hartlepool". Hartlepool United FC. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "FA Cup – fourth qualifying round results and scorers". BBC Sport. 23 October 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Gateshead 2–2 Southport". Gateshead FC. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Southport 0–1 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Gateshead 6–0 Hampton & Richmond Borough". Gateshead FC. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Gateshead 3 Dartford 0". Sunday Sun. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Blyth Spartans 0–2 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Darlington 3–2 Gateshead". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 12 March 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Gateshead 0–0 Darlington (agg 2–3)". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "Gateshead 3–0 Hebburn Town". Gateshead FC. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Gateshead 3–2 Kettering Town". Gateshead FC. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  22. ^ "Gateshead 2–2 Braintree Town". Gateshead FC. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Braintree Town 1–1 Gateshead (Gateshead won 4–3 on penalties aet)". Gateshead FC. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Gateshead 2–1 Alfreton Town". Gateshead FC. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Luton Town 2–0 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Gateshead 2–0 Macclesfield Town". Gateshead FC. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "Cambridge United 0–1 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  28. ^ "Barrow 3–2 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "Chester 0–1 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Gateshead 4-1 Hednesford Town". Gateshead FC. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  31. ^ "Eastleigh 2-0 Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 

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