John Clark (footballer, born 1941)

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John Clark
Personal information
Full name John Clark
Date of birth (1941-03-13) 13 March 1941 (age 76)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Playing position Left half
Youth career
Larkhall Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1971 Celtic 182 (1)
1971–1973 Morton 54 (0)
Total 236 (1)
National team
1966–1967 Scotland 4 (0)
1966–1967 Scottish League XI 2 (0)
Teams managed
1984–1985 Cowdenbeath
1986 Stranraer
1987–1992 Clyde
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Clark (born 13 March 1941) is a former Scottish international footballer and member of the Celtic team nicknamed the Lisbon Lions.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Chapelhall, Lanarkshire, he was part of the Celtic team that won the European Cup in 1967. Clark is perhaps the most unheralded player among the Lisbon Lions team. His undramatic style of team play in sweeping up beside fellow centre back, Billy McNeil, was integral to the success of the team. His role as Celtic's sweeper earned him the nickname "The Brush."

Clark earned four caps for Scotland all in his time with Celtic.

He left Celtic for Morton in 1971, where he retired from playing two years later.

After playing[edit]

Clark enjoyed a managerial career with Cowdenbeath, Stranraer and Clyde in the 1980s and early 90s.

His son Martin also became a professional footballer, with Clyde, Nottingham Forest and Partick Thistle in the 1990s.

John Clark is currently employed by Celtic as their kit man, a position he has held for two decades - making him the second-longest ever serving Celt, after Willie Maley.

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