Clive Walker

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This article is about the former Woking, Chelsea, Sunderland, QPR, Fulham and Brighton player. For the former Leicester, Northampton and Mansfield player, see Clive Walker (footballer born 1945).
Clive Walker
Personal information
Full name Clive Walker
Date of birth (1957-05-26) 26 May 1957 (age 57)
Place of birth Oxford, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1984 Chelsea 198 (60)
1979 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 22 (9)
1984–1986 Sunderland 50 (10)
1986–1987 Queens Park Rangers 21 (1)
1987–1990 Fulham 109 (29)
1990–1993 Brighton & Hove Albion 106 (8)
1993–1997 Woking 203 (91)
1997–1999 Cheltenham Town 56 (13)
Total 743 (212)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Clive Walker (born 26 May 1957 in Oxford, England) is a retired English footballer. His playing career spanned some 1,000 league and cup games for Chelsea, Sunderland, Fulham and Brighton before enjoying a renaissance in the Conference with Woking and Cheltenham Town.

Playing career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Walker was an old-fashioned winger with pace who used to terrorise full backs on a weekly basis. He began his career with Chelsea, playing in the same side as the likes of Ray Wilkins. He first broke into the Chelsea team during the 1977–78 season, but they were in the Second Division for most of his time there. He nonetheless played a big role in several key matches for the club in this period.

He put in Man of the Match performances against European champions Liverpool in the FA Cup in 1978 and 1982 as the Blues pulled off two famous upsets; he scored twice in a 4–2 win in 1978 and set up a late clincher for Colin Lee in a 2–0 win in 1982. With Chelsea facing relegation to the Third Division in 1982–83, and with it potential financial meltdown, Walker also scored a late winner against fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers in the penultimate game of the season to ensure the club's survival. In 1979, Chelsea sent him on loan to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League.

Sunderland[edit]

Walker left Chelsea at the end of the 1983–84 season following a contract dispute, and signed for Sunderland. He returned to haunt his old side the following season in the Milk Cup, when the teams were drawn together in the semi-finals. In the second leg at Stamford Bridge, Walker inspired Sunderland to a 3–2 win, giving them a 5–2 aggregate lead, which provoked a near-riot; at one point a Chelsea fan entered the pitch and chased Walker. In the final at Wembley, however, Sunderland lost 1–0 to Norwich City, with Walker missing a penalty when he hit his shot against the post.

Records[edit]

Walker currently holds the record for the oldest player to play for his last club, Cheltenham Town.

Walker worked under many managers including names such as Jim Smith, Dave Sexton, Geoff Hurst, Danny Blanchflower, John Neal, Eddie McCreadie and Steve Cotterill.

One of only three players to play for the West London trio of Chelsea F.C., Fulham F.C. and Q.P.R., the others being Roy Bentley and Paul Parker.

Life after playing career[edit]

Walker finally called time on a 24-year career in 2000 and is currently working as an analyst for the radio station BBC London 94.9. Clive is also now a co-director of Sporting Experience with Jason Cundy.

He also makes appearances on Chelsea TV.

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