Dave Clement

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Dave Clement
Personal information
Full name David Thomas Clement
Date of birth (1948-02-02)2 February 1948
Place of birth Battersea, England
Date of death 31 March 1982(1982-03-31) (aged 34)
Place of death England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1979 Queens Park Rangers 472 (28)
1979–1980 Bolton Wanderers 33 (0)
1980–1981 Fulham 18 (0)
1981–1982 Wimbledon 9 (2)
Total 532 (30)
National team
1976-1977 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dave Clement (2 February 1948 – 31 March 1982) was a football player. Clement was a right fullback who developed with Queens Park Rangers through the club's youth set-up. He signed professional terms in 1965 and made his first team debut in the 1966-67 season, which was memorable for QPR in that they won the Football League Third Division championship by twelve points and also became the first Third Division side to win a major trophy – the League Cup, beating first division side West Bromwich Albion 3–2 in the first ever final at Wembley Stadium.

The following season, Clement was a regular member of the side, making 34 appearances in another promotion season for QPR. He possessed great stamina and was strong in the tackle but his distribution for a defender was also excellent, as was his ability to come forward at speed to both create and score goals. Over the coming seasons he became a fixture in the team, missing only six league games from the 1970/71 to 1973/74 seasons.

He made his England debut in 1976, and won five caps in total.[1]

In June 1979 he transferred to Bolton Wanderers. After playing 33 league games for them he joined Fulham in October 1980.[2]

He died in March 1982 at the age of 34. Suffering from depression, he committed suicide by poisoning himself with weedkiller.[1]

His son, Neil Clement, who was only three years old at the time, also became a professional footballer and spent the majority of his career playing for West Bromwich Albion.[3] His elder son Paul became a football coach.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dave Clement". England Football Online. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dave Clement: Bolton Wanderers FC". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Spiro, Matt (16 May 2012). "England's French connection at Paris St-Germain". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  • Macey, Gordon (1993). Queens Park Rangers - A Complete Record. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 978-1-873626-40-5.