Jamie Clarke (footballer, born 1982)
Clarke playing for York City in 2010
|Full name||James William Clarke|
|Date of birth||18 September 1982|
|Place of birth||Sunderland, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He began his career with Mansfield Town in 2002, and went on to join Rochdale in 2004 and Boston United in 2006. After a year with The Pilgrims he was signed by Grimsby Town where he remained for three seasons before being released in 2010. He briefly joined York City before moving on to Gainsborough Trinity. He signed with Guiseley in August 2011 and played for the club until December 2012 when he emigrated to Thailand to become a football coach at an academy.
Born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Clarke was brought up into the first team at Mansfield Town in the 2001–02 season, after being promoted from the club's youth system. He made his debut on 1 April 2002 in a 5–3 defeat against Luton Town, and scored his first goal against Blackpool in April 2003. Clarke remained with Mansfield until the end of the 2003–04 campaign, where he then was released.
Upon his release from Mansfield, Clarke signed a two-year contract for League Two side Rochdale. He remained with the club throughout the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, and went on to make over 60 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring once against Lincoln City. He was released at the end of his second season.
His next port of call was to join Boston United. Here, Clarke was a first team regular, in a season where the club eventually went on to lose their Football League status, and were relegated on the final day of the season, losing to Wrexham. Clarke left Boston a few weeks after the end of the 2006–07 season.
Only a few weeks after the end of the 2006–07 season, Clarke was the first new face in at Grimsby Town for the 2007–08 campaign. Manager Alan Buckley brought him in as the clubs new right back, to cater for the vacant spot left by retiring and long serving legend John McDermott. Despite this, Clarke was also deployed in midfield during his first season. He managed to make an appearance at Wembley Stadium for the club, as they lost 2–0 to Milton Keynes Dons in the Final of the Football League Trophy. In the 2008–09 season, Buckley signed Robbie Stockdale as the club's first choice right back, giving Clarke an uphill struggle to claim a place in the team. His adopted midfield role was his main role throughout the season. However, when Buckley was sacked, his replacement Mike Newell opted to bring in fresh faces in both defence and midfield, making several players come ahead of Clarke in the pecking order. Clarke eventually would only called upon in the place of illness or injury. At the end of the season, Newell commented on BBC Radio Humberside that Clarke as well as fellow utility player Danny Boshell may still be offered a fresh deal, and Clarke put pen to paper to sign a fresh one-year deal a week later. On 13 January 2010, new manager Neil Woods told Clarke, along with Danny Boshell, Matthew Heywood and Barry Conlon that they were free to leave the club in the January transfer window. Clarke was released by the club on 2 February 2010, along with Boshell and Heywood.
A few hours after his release from Grimsby, Clarke signed for Conference Premier team York City on a contract until the end of the 2009–10 season. He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat to Barrow in the FA Trophy quarter-final on 2 March 2010. This was followed by his league debut in a 2–1 defeat to Salisbury City. He finished the season with eight appearances for York and was released by the club on 18 May 2010.
Gainsborough Trinity and Guiseley
Clarke went on trial with newly relegated Conference Premier team Darlington in July 2010 and he played in a 3–0 pre-season friendly defeat to Carlisle United. He then had a trial with Gateshead in August. Following a trial with St. Johnstone of the Scottish Premier League, Clarke eventually signed for Conference North team Gainsborough Trinity in August 2010. Clarke was released in May 2011.
On 6 July 2011 he signed for fellow Conference North side Guiseley, going on to make 55 appearances including defeat in the 2011/12 Conference North play-off semi finals. In December 2012 he announced his departure from the club by revealing he had accepted a job to become a coach at a football academy in Chang Mai in Thailand.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Mansfield Town||2001–02||Third Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Boston United||2005–06||League Two||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||1|
|Grimsby Town||2007–08||League Two||29||2||2||0||0||0||7[a]||1||38||3|
|York City||2009–10||Conference Premier||7||0||0||0||—||1[b]||0||8||0|
|Gainsborough Trinity||2010–11||Conference North||17||0||1||0||—||0||0||18||0|
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- Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
"Games played by Jamie Clark in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
Flett, Dave (3 March 2010). "Barrow 2, York City 1 – FA Trophy quarter-final". The Press (York). Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "York City boss Martin Foyle announces retained list". The Press (York). 18 May 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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- "Ian Bogie: Gateshead are shaping up well". Evening Chronicle (Newcastle upon Tyne). 4 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Jamie Clarke shuns Scotland to sign for ambitious Gainsborough Trinity". Lincolnshire Echo (Lincoln). 17 August 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jamie Clark in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jamie Clark in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jamie Clark in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Games played by Jamie Clark in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 204–205. ISBN 9-781869-833701.
- Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2012). Non-League Club Directory 2013. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 214–215. ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0.
- "J. Clarke". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
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