John Clayton (footballer)

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John Clayton
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-08-20) 20 August 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Elgin, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1982 Derby County 24 (4)
1982–1983 Bulova 26 (14)
1983–1984 Chesterfield 33 (5)
1984–1985 Tranmere Rovers 47 (35)
1985–1988 Plymouth Argyle 77 (21)
1988–1990 Fortuna Sittard 47 (16)
1990–1992 FC Volendam 61 (18)
1992–1993 Burnley 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Clayton (born 20 August 1961) is a Scottish former professional footballer. A striker, he made over 150 appearances in The Football League and had spells playing in Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

A product of the Scottish Highland Football League, Clayton began his professional football career with his home town club, Elgin City FC, then of the Scottish Highland Football League, prior to transferring to England with Derby County, signing with the club at the age of 17 after completing his A-levels.[1] He was forced to retire in 1993 due to persistent back problems that required surgery.[2]

Following his retirement, Clayton moved to Bristol in 1995 because of his wife's business and started assisting Bristol City to coach the various levels of youth football at their academy where his son Jon was playing.[3] He later worked as assistant to Keith Millen with the club's under-17 side and, in October 2006, he was appointed as head coach of Bristol City's academy.[4] In a backroom reshuffle in 2012, Clayton was put in charge of the under-18's side with Willie McStay replacing him as academy boss.[5]


  1. ^ "Clayton - We must get more into the first-team". This is Bristol. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ "John Clayton". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Nailsea United boss hails Clayton". This is Bristol. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Clayton is new academy boss". 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Willie McStay to take over as Bristol City's new head of academy coaching". Bristol Post. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 

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