Simon Clark (footballer)
|Full name||Simon Clark|
|Date of birth||12 March 1967|
|Place of birth||Boston, Lincolnshire, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Worksop Town (manager)|
|2009||Lincoln City (Caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).|
As a player he turned out for Lincoln City, Boston Town, Holbeach United, King's Lynn, Hendon, Stevenage Borough, Peterborough United, Leyton Orient, Colchester United and Maldon Town. He has also spent time as manager of Singaporean side Woodlands Wellington where he was also a player and Leyton. In 2009 he briefly took over as caretaker manager of Football League Two side Lincoln City.
At the age of 27 Clark returned to professional football with a move to Peterborough United. After three years and 136 appearances at the club he moved on to Leyton Orient for a fee of £25,000. At Orient he made 118 appearances over a three-year period. One of his most impressive performances was a hat trick against Doncaster Rover during his first season at the Os in 1997. He went on to be a vital part of the Orient defence and along with Dean Smith (Captain) and Stuart Hicks, he became one of the "Three Amigos". He is still a very popular player at the Os.
Clark spent the next two seasons (64 appearances) at Colchester United. He captained the side and coached the club’s under 17 team.
Management & coaching career
After leaving Colchester he spent three years in Singapore as player coach and then player manager for Woodlands Wellington. While in Singapore Clark obtained the Asian Federation A licence as a coach, following up by obtaining the English FA, UEFA A qualification on his return to Europe. Simon returned to the UK in 2005 and joined King's Lynn as a player before taking on a player coach role at Maldon Town. On 1 September 2005 Clark was appointed player-manager at Isthmian League Premier Division club Leyton but was sacked after just over a month in charge and returned to King's Lynn.
Clark joined the Lincoln City in the Centre of Excellence in April 2007 where he spent a year coaching before being appointed Centre of Excellence 9s-16s co-ordinator at Peterborough United. Whilst at the club he went on to coach the Youth team and reserve team as well as being the clubs chief scout.
In January 2008, Clark rejoined Lincoln City again as a youth team coach. He later became chief scout and first team coach for the club. On 2 September 2009, Lincoln City's Board of Directors agreed to part company with Manager Peter Jackson and Assistant Manager Iffy Onuora with immediate effect with Clark being placed in temporary charge of the club. His first game in charge saw a 3-0 home victory over Darlington on 5 September 2009 but was followed by three defeats against league leaders Bournemouth, Notts County and Shrewsbury Town. Chris Sutton replaced him as manager on 28 September 2009. Clark took the 3-0 home defeat to Notts County on the following day before leaving the club by mutual consent.
- Football League Division Three Playoff Runner-up (1): 1998–99
- Tony Williams, Team Talk Magazine, Number 32, pp.11, March 1994.
- Tony Williams, Non League Club Directory 1995, pp.211, Tony Williams Publications 1994.
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- "Clark appointed as club's youth co-ordinator". Peterborough United Official Website. 18 April 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Youth to add experience". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Gareth poised for Bank return". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Club statement". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Chris Sutton appointed new manager". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Clark departs". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Clark appointed manager of Stamford". NonLeagueDaily.com. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Division Three (League Two) Play-Off Finalists". Coludaybyday.co.uk.
- "Former Lincoln caretaker manager Simon Clark eager to get back in the game". Lincolnshire Echo. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.