Clive Mendonca

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Clive Mendonca
Personal information
Full name Clive Paul Mendonca
Date of birth (1968-09-09) 9 September 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Sheffield United 13 (4)
1988 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
1988–1991 Rotherham United 84 (27)
1991–1992 Sheffield United 10 (1)
1992 Grimsby Town (loan) 10 (3)
1992–1997 Grimsby Town 156 (57)
1997–2002 Charlton Athletic 96 (45)
Total 359 (132)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Clive Paul Mendonca (born 9 September 1968 in Sunderland) is an English former professional footballer, who played as a striker between 1986 and 2002 notably for Grimsby Town and Charlton Athletic. Mendonca also played for Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United.


Mendonca started his career with Sheffield United, before spells with Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Sheffield United again. Mendonca then moved to Grimsby Town in 1992, initially on loan. Mendonca scored 60 goals in 166 appearances for Grimsby, and is considered to be their best striker in recent history.[1] Mendonca moved to Charlton Athletic in the summer of 1997 and scored twenty eight times for the Addicks in the 1997–98 season, including a hat-trick against his home town team Sunderland who he'd supported as a boy, in the Division One play-off final at Wembley. His hat-trick in 1998 was the last one to be scored at the original Wembley Stadium for an English league team. Mendonca also scored a penalty in the subsequent penalty shoot-out after a 4–4 draw, which Charlton won 7–6.

Mendonca scored another hat-trick in Charlton's first home game in the Premier League, a 5–0 win against Southampton.[2] However, he started to suffer a series of injury problems, with his final appearance for Charlton coming in the first half of the 1999–2000 season against Queens Park Rangers. Although a possible return to Grimsby was mooted,[3] Mendonca retired from football in February 2002.[4]

On 9 August 2003, a testimonial match was played against NEC Nijmegen (ended 1-1). After his football career ended, Mendonca received funding from the Professional Footballers' Association to train to become an oil-rig worker.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of former West Indian wicket-keeper Ivor Mendonca. Born in Islington, London, he moved to Sunderland at the age of two.[6][7] In 2004, he won both the BBC's "Grimsby's cult heroes"[8] and "Charlton's cult heroes"[9] polls with 52% and 43% respectively. In January 2012 Mendonca auctioned his prized possessions from his football career to help his wife set up her own business.[10]


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