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|Full name||Clive Linton Platt|
|Date of birth||27 October 1977|
|Place of birth||Wolverhampton, England|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|1999||→ Rochdale (loan)||6||(3)|
|2005–2007||Milton Keynes Dons||102||(27)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Clive Linton Platt (born 27 October 1977) is an English football player. A forward, he has made 618 appearances in the Football League, including 164 for Rochdale, achieving a cult status amongst lower league football fans for his legendary target-man style and ability to cause problems in both boxes.
A loan that secured him a permanent deal to Rochdale for a fee of £100,000 – then a club record. Platt went on to make 163 appearances and score 27 goals for the club.
In 2003, Platt signed a monthly deal with Notts County, where he scored just three times despite being a first team regular. An indifferent year at Peterborough United followed, where Platt scored six times.
Platt joined relegation-threatened Milton Keynes Dons in January 2005 and scored vital goals to help save the Dons from relegation under the guidance of Danny Wilson. However, the 2005–06 season was not much better for MK Dons, as they fought relegation again. Platt had a relatively fruitless campaign, but a good run of form towards the end of the season saw him finish second in the League One Player of the Month award for May and almost save the Dons from relegation.
The 2006–07 season saw MK Dons fighting for promotion from League Two. This turned out to be Platt's best season in terms of strike-rate, with him finding the net 18 times before suffering an injury that caused him to miss the first leg of a play-off tie against Shrewsbury Town and have an indifferent second leg.
In July 2007, Platt was sold to Championship side Colchester United for £300,000 – six times Colchester's previous transfer record. Before the transfer, Colchester had recently lost star goal-scorers Chris Iwelumo and Jamie Cureton to Charlton Athletic and Norwich City respectively.
In the 2007–08 season, Platt was paired up front with Kevin Lisbie and scored eight goals. In the 2008–09 season, however, he had many different strike partners, including Steven Gillespie, Mark Yeates, Scott Vernon and Jermaine Easter, and he notched 10 goals. In the 2009–10 season, he was once again paired up front with Kevin Lisbie, and he scored two goals on the opening day of the season.
Platt joined Coventry City on 29 July 2010. He made his first league appearance in a 2–0 victory against Portsmouth on 7 August. He also scored against Leicester City, Bristol City and Ipswich Town. On 5 November 2011, Platt scored his 100th professional league goal, aged 34, against Southampton. The match ended in a 4–2 win for Southampton.
On 25 May 2012, Platt signed for. Northampton Town, where he rejoined former manager Aidy Boothroyd. He scored his first goal for the club in the league cup second round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. On 9th Jan 2014, it was announced that his contract had been terminated my mutual consent. This came just three weeks after Boothroyd's dismissal as manager.
On 24 January 2014, he signed a contract with Bury until the end of the 2013–14 season. Shakers manager David Flitcroft had recruited Platt on the same day that he managed to bring in Rochdale's Andrew Tutte and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro of Tranmere Rovers.
Platt retired from football in October 2014 due to persistent injury problems.
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- "BBC Sport - Northampton release Clive Platt, sign Matty Blair and Sean McGinty". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "Persistent injury problem leads to retirement for Clive Platt". Bury F.C. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.