Clive Middlemass

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Clive Middlemass
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-08-25) 25 August 1944 (age 74)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Leeds United 0 (0)
1963–1970 Workington 169 (6)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Bristol Rovers (Asst Mgr)
1982–1987 Bristol City (Asst Mgr)
1987–1991 Carlisle United (Manager)
1991 Darlington (Coach)
1992–1996 Burnley (Asst Mgr)
1996 Burnley (Caretaker)
1996–1997 Burnley (Asst Mgr)
1997–1998 Burnley (Chf Scout)
1998–2006 Preston NE (Chf Scout)
2006–2008 Derby County (Chf Scout)
2010–2013 Everton (Opp Scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Clive Middlemass (born 25 August 1944 in Sheffield) is an English former professional footballer and manager. As a player, he made 169 appearances in the Football League as a Defender for Workington before a near fatal car crash ended his career. Middlemass has gone to see his parents in Sheffield (with his wife and son) to inform them about a possible transfer to Ipswich Town. However, on the way home his car was hit by a lorry near Bradford. After nearly a year out of the game, Clive returned to the side at Workington (then in the 3rd tier), but after a few appearances he realised his injuries had been too severe, and retired from professional playing.

In his only role as a manager, he took over at Carlisle United in November 1987, converting a club that had suffered consecutive relegations from the Second to the Fourth Division, to one that narrowly failed to reach the promotion play-offs on goal-difference in 1990. During this season, where Carlisle United had led the division for several weeks, Clive was complemented by the national press on the way he played an attractive style of football with 3 at the back. A good FA Cup run also saw them drawn against Liverpool, which ended in a 0-3 defeat in front of nearly 20,000 at Brunton Park. However, two broken legs to key players, and a run of 4 consecutive away matches to London (in a two weeks) towards the end of the season took their toll. The following season the side failed to kick on, and Clive left the club in March 1991.

Clive started his career away from playing as Assistant to Terry Cooper at Bristol Rovers (1980), and then Bristol City (1982). After leaving Carlisle United (1987-1991), Clive had a brief stint as First Team Coach at Darlington (1991), before becoming Assistant to Jimmy Mullen at Burnley (1992). After Jimmy Mullen left in 1996, Clive briefly took over as Care-taker Manager, before becoming Assistant Manager to Adrian Heath and then Chief Scout under Chris Waddle. In 1998, he joined Preston North End as Chief Scout to David Moyes, and remained for the tenures of Craig Brown and Billy Davies. In 2006, he left as part of Billy Davies' back-room team to take over as Chief Scout at Derby County. In 2010, he hooked up again with David Moyes (a centre-half during Clive's days at Bristol City) as Opposition Scout at Everton.

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