Claus Bech Jørgensen
Jørgensen pictured whilst on trial at Tamworth in 2010.
|Full name||Claus Bech Jørgensen|
|Date of birth||27 April 1976|
|Place of birth||Holstebro, Denmark|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2004||→ Bournemouth (loan)||17||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
First he established himself as a competent player in the Danish Football League with Holstebro BK, AGF Aarhus and AC Horsens, though did not make the Superliga. In 1999 he then joined the Football League in England. He later made over 100 appearances for Bournemouth and Blackpool, as well as more than 50 appearances for Bradford City and Coventry City. He helped Blackpool to win promotion out of League One via the play-offs in 2007. He ended his career in 2010 after brief spells with Port Vale and Fleetwood Town.
Early career in Denmark
Jørgensen is an attacking midfielder, who started his career in his native Denmark with Holstebro BK. The club lost their Danish 1st Division (second tier) status in 1995–96. He ended up at AC Horsens via AGF Aarhus. In 1998–99 he struck 17 goals for Horsens, becoming the joint-fourth top scorer in the 1st Division that season. During his time in Danish football he worked in numerous low-paying jobs, including as a roofer and a worker in a window factory.
Move to England: Bournemouth and Bradford City
In 1999 he joined English Second Division side Bournemouth, becoming a professional footballer at the age of 23. On 7 August he made his debut in the English game; the Dean Court faithful witnessed a 2–1 victory over Cambridge United. Two weeks later came his first goal; his team dishing out a 4–0 thrashing of Colchester United. He played a massive 53 games for the "Cherries" in 1999–2000, picking up a total of six goals along the way.
"Claus has progressed well since coming here and I'm very pleased we've been able to see to it that he stays at the club. He always gives 100%, whatever the situation. It can lift the team when you have that kind of willingness in the players."
On 2 September 2000, he had a mixed time at Layer Road, scoring in the 44th minute, he was sent off on the 69th, bringing Bournemouth down to nine men. He finished the season strongly however, making 48 appearances and bagging nine goals, including a run of five in seven games. At the end of the season he switched clubs for First Division Bradford City. He was limited to twenty appearances in 2001–02, though did score a late equalizer against Burnley at Turf Moor on 20 March. During the 2002–03 season, he scored in eight successive league away games. This unusual feat almost equalled the record held by Dixie Dean, who scored nine goals in nine successive league games. He hit a shot against the post in what would have been the ninth, Bradford lost the game 1–0 to Gillingham on 21 April. His run also picked up nine points for the "Bantams". Overall, he struck eleven times in 34 games that season. There was talk of an exodus from Valley Parade as the cash-strapped club struggled to offer new deals to its players.
Rejecting a new contract, the player became available on a free transfer in the summer as he was out contract, he drew attention from Norwich City and Burnley, before signing for Coventry City in the summer.
After making just nine appearances in the first half of the 2003–04 season, he joined old club Bournemouth on a one-month loan in January 2004. The loan was twice extended as he impressed back at Dean Court. He played seventeen games for the "Cherries" before returning to the Highfield Road for an end of season clash with Crystal Palace. In 2004–05 he once again was on the sidelines. Making just twenty appearances, he managed to find the net on three occasions. In June 2005, he put pen to paper on a new contract. Jørgensen became the first ever player to score at the Ricoh Arena, on 20 August 2005, in a 3–0 win against Queens Park Rangers. He played a more respectable 31 games in 2005–06, picking up three goals – and one red card, along the way.
He left Coventry at the end of the season, signing with League One Blackpool. The 2006–07 season was highly successful for the "Tangerines". Jørgensen played 39 games, including their 2–0 victory over Yeovil Town at Wembley in the play-off final. On 7 May 2008, he was offered a new contract by the club. He made 38 appearances in 2007–08, his four goals were important to a club hovering above the relegation zone.
He made his 100th league appearance for the "Seasiders" on 3 May 2009, the final day of the 2008–09 season, in a 1–0 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. On 9 June, Blackpool confirmed that Jørgensen had not been offered a new deal and that he was being released. He had made exactly 100 league appearances for the club.
"He'll be a sad loss but I think at this stage of his career it's important he plays football."
Port Vale and Fleetwood Town
In August 2009 he joined League Two club Port Vale on trial – he had served under manager Micky Adams at Coventry. He quickly joined on a non-contract basis, in order that he might be selected for first team football, this meant he could not be paid for his services. The club offered Jørgensen a contract in September 2009, but he rejected the offer, deciding to look for a contract elsewhere.
On 8 September 2009 he signed for Conference North side Fleetwood Town. His debut came later the same day in a 2–0 win over Farsley Celtic at Throstle Nest. He left the club in late October after four league and one FA Cup appearances.
In November, he began training with League Two side Cheltenham Town. "Robins" caretaker manager John Schofield explained that as Jørgensen lives relatively locally the club were having a look at him and that, "If Claus is happy with what he sees from us and we are happy with what we see, there may be a chance he could stay around a bit longer." He spent the summer of 2010 training with Conference club Tamworth, after manager Gary Mills seemed keen to offer him a contract. No deal materialized however, and he retired from the game to focus on his restorative floor cleaning company, Unique Floorcare.
His only international goal came in a 2–2 draw at Cyprus' GSP Stadium on 9 October 2004. It was an important goal as it ensured the only point in the Island's World Cup qualification campaign. He won eight of his other caps in that same campaign, playing in both defeats to Switzerland, France and Israel, as well as a home defeat to Cyprus and the Republic of Ireland.
His final international was in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match against Georgia on 16 August 2006. The Georgians ran out 6–0 winners at Svangaskarð. He quit the international scene the following month, after he was benched for a qualifier with Scotland.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|AGF Aarhus||1997–98||Danish Superliga||0||0|
|AC Horsens||1998–99||Danish 1st Division||28||19|
|Bradford City||2001–02||First Division||18||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||20||1|
|Bournemouth (loan)||2003–04||Second Division||17||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||17||0|
|Coventry City||2003–04||First Division||8||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||10||0|
|Port Vale||2009–10||League Two||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||5||0|
|Fleetwood Town||2009–10||Conference North||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
- Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.
- Appearance/s in the play-offs.
|Faroe Islands national team|
- with Blackpool
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