Charlie Clough

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Charlie Clough
Personal information
Full name Charles David Clough[1]
Date of birth (1990-09-04) 4 September 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Taunton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Number 4
Youth career
2006 Bristol Academy of Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Bristol Rovers 3 (0)
2008 Mangotsfield United (loan) ? (?)
2009 Chippenham Town (loan) ? (?)
2010 Newport County (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Weymouth (loan) ? (?)
2012–2013 Dorchester Town 37 (10)
2011 Bath City (loan) 11 (2)
2011 Bath City (loan) 12 (1)
2012 AFC Telford United (loan) 0 (0)
2012–2013 Dorchester Town 37 (10)
2013–2015 Sutton United ? (?)
2015– Forest Green Rovers 19 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:51, 3 May 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Charles David Clough (born 4 September 1990) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Forest Green Rovers.

Career[edit]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Originally from Taunton in Somerset, Clough was admitted into the Bristol Rovers youth set-up, based at the Bristol Academy of Sport, and was promoted to the first-team squad in the summer of 2007. His Football League debut, aged 17, came in a League One match against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Memorial Stadium on 26 April 2008 as a substitute in the 68th minute.[2]

At the start of the 2008–09 season he was sent to Mangotsfield United on a month's loan to gain some first team experience, with the loan later extended into a second month.[3] In September 2010, he joined Newport County on a one-month loan.[4] In January 2011, he joined struggling Southern Premier League club Weymouth on a month-long loan.[5]

On 28 February 2011, he joined Bath City on an initial loan period of a month.[6] He made his debut for Bath City on 1 March 2011 in a 5-1 away defeat against Rushden & Diamonds.[7] He was recalled from his loan period on 28 April 2011 having scored two goals in eleven appearances.[8] He re-joined Bath on loan later that year, when they signed him in a month-long emergency deal.[9] In March 2012, he joined A.F.C. Telford United on loan.[10]

In December 2011, he was told he would be allowed to leave Bristol Rovers alongside teammate Ben Swallow.[11]

Dorchester Town[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Clough returned to Dorchester Town, signing a permanent deal.[12] On 4 November 2012, he was a part of the Dorchester side that earned a shock 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup first round.[13]

In April 2013, he was named the Dorset Echo Player of the Year at the club.[14] In September 2013, Dorchester 'reluctantly' agreed to a request from Clough to have him put on the transfer list.[15]

Sutton United[edit]

On 12 September 2013, he moved to Conference South league rivals Sutton United who paid an undisclosed fee for his signature.[16] He scored on 9 November 2013 in a 4-1 away defeat against Conference National Kidderminster Harriers in the first round of the FA Cup.[17]

He was made captain at Sutton United amid interest from clubs at a higher level.[18] During the 2013-14 season, he helped the club to the Conference South play-off semi-finals where they lost against Dover Athletic who would go on to win promotion to the Conference National.[19]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 4 January 2015, it was confirmed he would be joining Conference National club Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee.[20] He made his Forest Green debut on 17 January 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 away win against Braintree Town.[21] He scored his first goal for the club on 21 February 2015 in a 3-0 home win over former club AFC Telford United.[22]

He helped Forest Green into the 2014-15 Conference National play-offs for the first time, playing in both legs of a semi-final defeat against former club Bristol Rovers.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Bristol Rovers 0-2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 26 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Mangotsfield United bid to snatch Collier". Bristol Post. 17 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Clough set to bolster back four". South Wales Argus. 28 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Clough impressed by camaraderie". Dorset Echo. 19 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bath City sign Bristol Rovers' Charlie Clough". BBC Sport. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rushden & D'mnds 5-1 Bath City". BBC Sport. 1 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bristol Rovers bring back Charlie Clough from Bath City". BBC Sport. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bristol Rovers' Charlie Clough re-signs for Bath City". BBC Sport. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Bristol Rovers' Charlie Clough joins AFC Telford on loan". BBC Sport. 9 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bristol Rovers let Ben Swallow & Charlie Clough leave". BBC Sport. 15 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Magpies poised for a double signing". Dorset Echo. 13 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dorchester 1-0 Plymouth Argyle". BBC Sport. 4 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Clough and Martin handed top awards as Dorchester celebrate". Dorset Echo. 30 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Club accepts Charlie Clough transfer request". Dorset Echo. 3 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Clough signs for Sutton". Dorset Echo. 12 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Perfect end to turbulent week as Kidderminster Harriers progress in FA Cup". Express & Star. 11 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Clough buys into the Sutton United plan for glory". Sutton Guardian. 22 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Sutton United promotion dreams dashed by the 10 men of Dover". Sutton Guardian. 6 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Forest Green sign Charlie Clough and Corby Moore". Gloucester Citizen. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Braintree 1-2 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "Forest Green 3-0 AFC Telford United". BBC Sport. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2-0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 

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