Jonson Clarke-Harris

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Jonson Clarke-Harris
Personal information
Full name Jonson Scott Clarke-Harris[1]
Date of birth (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Number 19
Youth career
000?–2010 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Coventry City 0 (0)
2012–2013 Peterborough United 0 (0)
2012 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2013 Bury (loan) 12 (4)
2013–2014 Oldham Athletic 45 (7)
2014– Rotherham United 50 (9)
2015 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 5 (0)
2015 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 8 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:49, 10 May 2016 (UTC).

Jonson Scott Clarke-Harris (born 20 July 1994) is an English professional footballer playing as a striker for Rotherham United. He set a new record during his spell at Coventry City when, aged 16 years and 21 days, he made his debut becoming the youngest player ever to play for the Coventry first team.


Coventry City[edit]

Clarke-Harris was playing park football in Leicester for Beaumont Town and Judgemeadow under 16s when Mick Elliott MBE, then Coventry Head of Recruitment, brought him to the club for a trial. With his strong physique and pace, he made an immediate impact playing a trial game for Judgemeadow against a good Coventry City U16 team and he was given a scholarship offer by Coventry City Academy. Clarke-Harris made his professional debut as a substitute on 10 August 2010 in a 2–0 League Cup loss to Morecambe, coming on to replace David Bell after 68 minutes. With this appearance he became the youngest player to ever appear for Coventry City.[citation needed] He was 16 years and 20 days old. It was confirmed on 30 April 2012 that Clarke-Harris had not been offered a professional contract with Coventry and had left the club. Andy Thorn refused to speculate on why Clarke-Harris had been released but alluded to disciplinary problems.[2]

On 8 May 2012, he played in a reserve match for Blackburn Rovers, scoring the only goal of the game.[3] On 23 July he signed a two-year contract with Peterborough United.[4] Without having made a first team appearance for Peterborough United and was loaned out on 12 October to Southend United for a month.[5]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Clarke-Harris signed for Oldham Athletic from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a one-year contract with the club and an option for a further year in the clubs favour in May 2013 .[6] His first goal for the club was a 25-yard free-kick in a 3–2 defeat to Notts County.[7] On 7 February 2014, Clarke-Harris was rewarded for his continued improvement with an eighteen-month contract extension.[8]

Clarke-Harris ended his first season with the club with 8 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions. After many excellent performances throughout his first season, he won the Young Player of the Season award at the end of season awards. Upon receiving the award, Clarke-Harris thanked the fans and everyone at the clubs for support of his progression during his first season with the club, and he vowed to work even harder and to "continue scoring goals for Oldham Athletic".

Rotherham United[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Rotherham United announced that they had signed Clarke-Harris for a club record fee, rumored to be in the region of £350,000.[9] He scored his first goal for Rotherham with a 25-yard strike that gave them the lead in a 2–1 win over Leeds United.[10] Clarke-Harris then made it 2 in 2 games just a few days later, scoring Rotherham's second goal in a 3–3 draw with Fulham.[11] Inconsistent form within the Rotherham side that season led to him leaving the club on two different loan spells to get some game time. He finished the 2014/15 season for Rotherham with 3 goals in 15 appearances.

In the 2015/16 season, Clarke-Harris failed to make the matchday squad for the first three games of the season. Consequently, manager Steve Evans had sanctioned a potential loan move to Colchester United, and in hindsight said that Clarke-Harris' Rotherham career was nearly over.[12] However, he made his first appearance of the season in a 0–0 draw with Preston North End, coming on as a substitute.[13] His impressive performance led to him starting the following game against Queens Park Rangers, where he scored Rotherham's first goal in a 4–2 defeat.[14] He also started the next league game against Fulham, scoring Rotherham's only goal in a 3–1 defeat.[15]

Loan to MK Dons[edit]

On 16 January 2015, Clarke-Harris signed on loan for Milton Keynes Dons on a short one-month deal until 21 February 2015.[16] He made five appearances scoring no goals before returning to Rotherham for the remainder of the season.

Loan to Doncaster[edit]

On 12 March 2015, Clarke-Harris completed a loan move to Doncaster. He made 8 appearances scoring one goal.


  1. ^ "Jonson Clarke-Harris". Barry Hugman's Footballer. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Turner, Andy (1 May 2012). "Andy Thorn tight-lipped after Jonson Clarke-Harris departure". Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  3. ^,,10303~2764040,00.html
  4. ^ "Jonson Clarke-Harris joins Peterborough after Coventry exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Southend United sign Jonson Clarke-Harris from Peterborough". BBC Sport. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Latics Sign Striker R". Oldham Athletic AFC. 12 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Notts County 3–2 Oldham" BBC Sport. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Striker's New Deal". Oldham Athletic AFC. 7 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rotherham sign Clarke-Harris and Becchio". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rotherham 2–1 Leeds". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rotherham 3–3 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jonson Clarke-Harris' Rotherham career was nearly over, says boss Steve Evans". Eurosport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Rotherham 0–0 Preston". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "QPR 4–2 Rotherham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Rotherham 1–3 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
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