Brian Clark (footballer born 1943)

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Brian Clark
Personal information
Full name Brian Donald Clark
Date of birth (1943-01-13)13 January 1943
Place of birth Bristol, England
Date of death 10 August 2010(2010-08-10) (aged 67)
Place of death Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1967 Bristol City 195 (83)
1967–1968 Huddersfield Town 32 (11)
1968–1972 Cardiff City 182 (75)
1972–1973 Bournemouth 30 (12)
1973–1975 Millwall 71 (17)
1975–1976 Cardiff City 21 (1)
1976–1979 Newport County 80 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Donald Clark (13 January 1943 – 10 August 2010) was an English professional footballer. He is probably most famous for scoring the only goal in a 1–0 victory for Cardiff City against Real Madrid in the first leg of the European Cup Winners Cup quarter-final in 1971.[1]

Career[edit]

The son of former Bristol City player Don Clark, Brian Clark signed professional terms at the club in March 1960 before making his debut for the club in 1961 during a 3–0 victory over Brentford on the final day of the season. It was during the 1962–63 season that he established himself in the side, finishing as the club's top scorer with 23 goals. He continued to score regularly for the side and helped the side gain promotion to Division Two during the 1964–65 season, again finishing as the club's top scorer with 24 goals. In October 1966 he left Bristol City to sign for Huddersfield Town in exchange for John Quigley.

Clark failed to settle at the Yorkshire club and, after two years, was snapped up by Cardiff City manager Jimmy Scoular for £8,000. Scoring twice on his debut during a 4–3 win over Derby County, he went on to form a lethal partnership with John Toshack, ending the season with 17 goals and his first Welsh Cup winners medal. Clark finished as the club's top scorer for the next two seasons, as well as scoring 5 times in a single match against Barmouth & Dyffryn, falling short of Derek Tapscott's club record of goals in a game by just one. It was during the 1970–71 season that he achieved probably the high point of his career when he headed in the only goal of the first leg against Real Madrid in a 1–0 win during the European Cup Winners Cup quarter-final.[2] The following year he again finished as Cardiff's top scorer, the third successive year he had done so, before he and Ian Gibson were surprisingly sold to Bournemouth for a combined fee of £100,000.

Clark spent one year at Bournemouth, followed by a spell at Millwall. On 20 January 1974 at The Den Millwall hosted Fulham, in what was the first Football League game ever held on a Sunday. Clark scored the only goal of the game, thereby becoming the first player to score a Football League goal on a Sunday. He soon returned to Ninian Park to play for Cardiff again. His second spell at the club lasted just a single season but he still managed to help the club win promotion to Division Two. He left the club to sign for Newport County before finishing his career with a number of player-manager roles at several Welsh Football League sides.

Death[edit]

Clark died on 10 August 2010 at the age of 67 from Lewy body dementia at Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff.[3][4]

Honours[edit]

Cardiff City
1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1975–76
1971–72
1975–76

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Scoular Years". Cardiff City FC. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Top ten Ninian Park memories". BBC Sport. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Former teammates say farewell to Cardiff City legend Brian Clark". South Wales Echo. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Brian Clark: Deepest Respect". Cardiff City FC. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.