John Clark (footballer, born 1964)

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John Clark
Personal information
Full name John Brown Clark[1]
Date of birth (1964-09-22) 22 September 1964 (age 49)[1]
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1976–1978 Dundee United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1994 Dundee United 242 (19)
1994 Stoke City 17 (0)
1994–1996 Falkirk 48 (10)
1996–1997 Dunfermline Athletic 19 (2)
1996 Ross County 1 (1)
1996 Ayr United 1 (0)
1997–1999 Berwick Rangers 26 (2)
Total 354 (34)
Teams managed
2001–2004 Gala Fairydean
2004–2005 Whitehill Welfare
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Clark (born 22 September 1964) is a Scottish former footballer who played for Dundee United, Stoke City, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Ross County, Ayr United and Berwick Rangers. He scored for the club in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final, but was unable to prevent their defeat to IFK Göteborg of Sweden in that game.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Clark was born in Edinburgh and joined Dundee United in 1976 and began to play for the reserves as a forward where he scored over 100 goals.[2] He made his debut in the 1982–83 and the 1986–87 season, Clark was covering for Paul Hegarty at centre half for a good part of the season, earning a starting role for much of the UEFA Cup run, and scored four goals on the way to the 1987 UEFA Cup Final, including the decisive header in the Camp Nou and his strike in the final at Tannadice as Dundee United lost 2–1 to Swedish side IFK Göteborg.[2] Clark remained a regular in the Tannadice defence for the last 1980s and early 1990s and after making 330 appearances for Dundee United scoring 37 goals he moved on English club Stoke City in January 1994.[2]

Clark made a poor start to his Stoke career as he struggled in his debut against Barnsley in a 3–0 defeat.[1] His performances in 1993–94 didn't improve a great deal and he ended the season with 12 appearances.[1] In 1994–95 Clark played in six matches and scored his only goal for Stoke which came in a 2–0 victory over Cesena in the Anglo-Italian Cup.[1] When Lou Macari replaced Joe Jordan as manager in September 1994 Clark returned to Scotland with Falkirk, later playing for Dunfermline before winding up his senior career with Berwick Rangers. Clark then moved into lower league football with Gala Fairydean where he became player-manager, before becoming manager with Whitehill Welfare in 2004.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 1982–83 Scottish Premier Division 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
1983–84 Scottish Premier Division 10 1 3 0 5 0 3 0 21 1
1984–85 Scottish Premier Division 10 3 1 0 3 3 1 0 15 6
1985–86 Scottish Premier Division 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 1
1986–87 Scottish Premier Division 30 3 6 0 1 0 10 4 47 7
1987–88 Scottish Premier Division 28 3 8 0 0 0 3 2 39 5
1988–89 Scottish Premier Division 20 2 4 0 3 0 3 0 30 2
1989–90 Scottish Premier Division 29 1 4 1 2 0 3 2 38 4
1990–91 Scottish Premier Division 18 2 6 2 0 0 1 0 25 4
1991–92 Scottish Premier Division 34 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 39 2
1992–93 Scottish Premier Division 37 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 41 2
1993–94 Scottish Premier Division 14 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 19 3
Total 242 19 36 3 23 6 29 9 330 37
Stoke City 1993–94 First Division 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
1994–95 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
Total 17 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 18 1
Career Total 259 19 36 3 23 6 30 10 348 38
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup and UEFA Cup.

Honours[edit]

Dundee United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d "John Clark". Dundee United F.C. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

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