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Clarkson (left) playing for Motherwell
|Full name||David Clarkson|
|Date of birth||10 September 1985|
|Place of birth||Bellshill, Scotland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||Bristol Rovers|
|2011||→ Brentford (loan)||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
David Clarkson (born 10 September 1985) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker for English League Two side Bristol Rovers. Clarkson represented Scotland twice in 2008 and has previously played for Motherwell, Bristol City and Brentford.
Clarkson has played most of his professional career in Scotland for Motherwell, where he played for a total of 7 seasons.
Born in Bellshill, Scotland, Clarkson made his debut for local club Motherwell in December 2002, scoring his first goal nine minutes into his first starting appearance for the club, at home in an SPL match against Partick Thistle on 2 January 2003. Clarkson went on to score three goals in his first season, and was a regular from the following season, playing in the majority of matches. He scored 13 goals for Motherwell in the 2007–08 season, during which his uncle, Phil O'Donnell, died from heart failure during a match against Dundee United. Clarkson was later voted player of the year. Clarkson went on to wear O'Donnell's old squad number, 10, during the 2008–09 season.
On 29 June 2009, Clarkson joined Bristol City and signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reportedly £800,000. Clarkson scored on his debut for Bristol City, in a 2–2 home draw against Preston North End. On 6 February 2010, he scored an equaliser for Bristol City against Coventry City, the match finished 1–1. He scored his third goal for City at home to Leicester City. On 21 August 2010, Clarkson scored his first goal in the 2010–11 season in a 3–3 draw with barnsley. He netted his second of the season in a 2–0 win over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, the goal in the 90th minute.
On 1 May 2012, Clarkson was released by Bristol City
Clarkson completed a one month loan move to Brentford on 15 September 2011 and made his debut in the away win at Oldham Athletic on 24 September. He scored his first goal for the club away to Carlisle United on 8 October 2011, in a 2–2 draw. Clarkson gave Brentford the lead within the first 10 minutes, but on 63 minutes, he scored an own goal when he stuck a leg out from a cross and unfortunately put the ball into the his own net to give Carlisle a 2-1 lead. He made amends by assisting for Toumani Diagouraga to level the match 2 minutes from the end.
Clarkson joined Bristol Rovers on 27 July 2012 having spent pre-season on trial with the club. The move reunited him with his old manager at Motherwell Mark McGhee. He made his debut on 14 August 2012, in a 3–1 defeat against Ipswich Town in the League Cup, playing the full 90 minutes. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 home draw on 8 September against aldershot. Clarkson added more goals to his tally during the season, in a 2–1 win away at Exeter City, a 1–1 draw against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, a 2–1 home defeat against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, a 3–2 loss at home to Southend United, a 2–1 loss away at Rochdale, and another 2–2 draw at Aldershot Town on 26 December 2012.
It was announced on 28 February 2013 that Clarkson would miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.
Clarkson was called up by George Burley for Scotland's friendly match against the Czech Republic on 30 May 2008. He came on as a substitute in the match, and scored Scotland's only goal in the 85th minute when he took down a cross, spun and fired past Czech keeper Petr Čech. Clarkson got his second cap coming on as a substitute, in a 1–0 friendly loss to Argentina on 19 November 2008.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
|1.||30 May 2008||Prague, Czech Republic||Czech Republic||1–2||1–3||Friendly match|
- Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month
- (1): January 2004
- As of 10 November 2013
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Other[note 1]||Total|
Clarkson's uncle Phil O'Donnell played alongside him at Motherwell, before his death in 2007. He has several other family members who have been professional footballers. His cousin Stephen O'Donnell currently plays for Dundee and another cousin Brian Dempsie previously played for Motherwell.
- Includes UEFA Cup and Football League Trophy and also includes 2 matches in 2008-09 for Motherwell v Nancy that aren't listed on Soccerbase.
- Soccerbase – David Clarkson statistics
- David Clarkson named Motherwell's Player of the Year wishawpress.co.uk. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- ""Bristol City tie up Clarkson deal"". BBC Sport. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- ""Brentford sign David Clarkson on loan from Bristol City"". BBC Sport. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- ""Carlisle 2-2 Brentford"". BBC Sport. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- ""Bristol Rovers to sign David Clarkson and Rogvi Baldvinsson"". BBC Sport. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Ipswich 3–1 Bristol Rovers" BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Bristol Rovers 3–1 Aldershot" BBC Sport. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
-  Retrieved 25 March 2013
- Lindsay, Clive (30 May 2008). "Czech Republic 3–1 Scotland". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- "Scotland 0–1 Argentina, Friendly". fitbastats.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Scotland B 3–0 Northern Ireland B, Friendly". fitbastats.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012.