Nathan Clarke

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Nathan Clarke
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-07-30) 30 July 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Halifax, England
Height 6 ft (183 cm) 2
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
FC Halifax Town
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2001 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2012 Huddersfield Town 266 (8)
2011Colchester United (loan) 18 (0)
2011–2012Oldham Athletic (loan) 16 (1)
2012Bury (loan) 11 (0)
2012–2015 Leyton Orient 113 (2)
2015–2017 Bradford City 25 (0)
2017 Coventry City 18 (0)
2017–2018 Grimsby Town 45 (2)
2018– FC Halifax Town 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:51, 14 September 2017 (UTC)

Nathan Clarke (born 30 July 1984) is an English footballer who plays as a centre-back for National League club Halifax Town.

Playing career[edit]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Clarke is a product of the Huddersfield Town Academy. He began his first team career at the age of just 17 when his debut came in a 1–1 draw away to Stoke City on 8 September 2001.[1] He scored his first goal for his home club on his home debut in the game in which ended in a 4–2 loss against Blackpool.[2] He made a total of 37 starts in all competitions during the 2001–02 season his first as a professional with the first team with 36 of them coming in the league scoring once.[3]

Clarke was runner-up in the Huddersfield Town 'Player of the Year' 2005–06 and was made vice-captain of the team aged just 21,[4] going on to win the title the following year along with winning the 'players player award'. Clarke played under eight different managers at the Galpharm and was in the starting 11 for each one.

Clarke has been selected in FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players at 43 in March 2006,[5] down from 40 in the list in March 2005.[6]

On 27 January 2011, after failing to break into Lee Clark's team, Clarke joined League One club Colchester United on loan until the end of the season.[7] He made 18 appearances for the U's.

On 19 August 2011, he joined Oldham Athletic on a five-month loan deal.[8] He made his debut the following day, where he also scored the first goal.[9] Clarke returned to his parent club Huddersfield Town after making 16 appearances for Oldham. He then on 9 March, joined Bury on loan for the remainder of the season.[10] He played a huge part in the club's league survival in the league, with them finishing mid table.[citation needed]

He left Huddersfield Town in June 2012 after playing over 300 games for his home town club (and almost 20 years at the club he has supported since he was a boy), 11 of those as pro.

Leyton Orient[edit]

Clarke signed for Leyton Orient on 18 July 2012 on a two-year contract.[11] Boss Russell Slade made him the club captain of the London side within a week of being signed.[12] On 14 February 2014, he signed a contract extension at Leyton Orient.[13] He scored his first goal for the club on 11 March 2014 in the 2–0 win at Port Vale, a header at the near post from a corner.[14] Two games later, Clarke scored an equalising goal in the 1–1 draw at Walsall, a deflected half-volley long-range shot in the 77th minute.[15] Clarke was part of the team that played in the 2014 Football League One play-off Final against Rotherham United, the game finishing 2–2 Orient lost 3–4 in a penalty shoot out.[16]

On 24 July 2015, Clarke left the club in order to be closer to his family.[17][18]

Bradford City[edit]

Clarke joined Bradford City on 28 July 2015 on a one-year contract.[19]

Coventry City[edit]

Clarke joined Coventry City on 1 January 2017 as one of three new signings made by new Sky Blues manager Russell Slade, who had previously been his boss at Leyton Orient.[20] He made his debut for the club the following day in the 2–2 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers.[21] Clarke was cup-tied in the 2016–17 EFL Trophy due to playing for Bradford earlier in the season, his team went on to winning the 2017 EFL Trophy Final.[22]

After making 18 appearances for Coventry in the 2016–17 season he was released by the club on 2 May 2017.[23][24]

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 23 June 2017, Clarke signed a one-year contract with League Two side Grimsby Town on a free transfer.[25] He scored his first goal for Grimsby on his debut in a 3-1 win over Chesterfield on 5 August 2017.[26] He was released by Grimsby at the end of the 2017–18 season.[27]

FC Halifax Town[edit]

On 3 August 2018, Clarke signed for his home town side FC Halifax Town following a trial spell during pre-season.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Clarke has a younger brother, defender/midfielder Tom Clarke who plays for Championship club Preston North End.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 12 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huddersfield Town 2001–02[30] Second Division 36 1 1 0 0 0 4[a] 0 41 1
2002–03[31] 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2003–04[32] Third Division 26 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 1
2004–05[33] League One 37 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 40 0
2005–06[34] 48 0 3 0 2 0 1[a] 0 54 0
2006–07[35] 16 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 19 0
2007–08[36] 44 2 4 0 1 0 1[a] 0 50 2
2008–09[37] 38 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 40 3
2009–10[38] 17 1 3 1 1 0 3[b] 1 24 3
2010–11[39] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Huddersfield Town 266 8 15 1 8 0 11 1 300 10
Colchester United (loan) 2010–11[39] League One 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2011–12[40] League One 16 1 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 20 1
Bury (loan) 2011–12[40] League One 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Leyton Orient 2012–13[41] League One 34 0 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 38 0
2013–14[42] 46 2 2 0 1 0 5[c] 0 54 2
2014–15[43] 33 0 1 0 2 0 3[a] 0 39 0
Leyton Orient 113 2 4 0 5 0 9 0 131 2
Bradford City 2015–16[44] League One 25 0 2 0 1 0 3[d] 0 31 0
2016–17[45] 0 0 1 0 0 0 3[a] 0 4 0
Bradford City 25 0 3 0 1 0 6 0 35 0
Coventry City 2016–17[45] League One 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Grimsby Town 2017–18[46] League Two 45 2 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 47 2
Career total 474 12 24 1 15 0 29 1 542 14
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in the Football League Trophy and one in the League One play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances in the Football League Trophy and three in the League One play-offs
  4. ^ One appearance in the Football League Trophy and two in the League One play-offs

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Huddersfield Town

Coventry City

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Huddersfield 2–4 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 15 September 2001. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
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  4. ^ Examiner, Huddersfield (26 October 2005). "Job for skipper Nathan!". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Nathan (7 March 2006). "The Imps are ignored yet again". The Football Network. Retrieved 22 July 2006. 
  6. ^ Sugar, Mark (5 March 2005). "Sidwell The Best". The Football Network. Retrieved 22 July 2006. 
  7. ^ Thomson, Doug (27 January 2011). "Huddersfield Town defender Nathan Clarke joins Colchester on loan". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Latics Sign Terrier Clarke". Oldham Athletic F.C. 19 August 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Oldham 2–0 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Huddersfield Town's Nathan Clarke makes Bury loan move". BBC Sport. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Bass, Matt (18 July 2012). "Leyton Orient bring in former Huddersfield Town defender Nathan Clarke as seventh signing of the summer". The Richmond & Twickenham Times. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Thomsen, Doug (13 September 2012). "Former Terrier Nathan Clarke explains why Huddersfield Town are influencing Leyton Orient". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "CLARKE: 'I'm Delighted To Sign'". Leyton Orient F.C. 14 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Port Vale 0–2 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Walsall 1–1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Leyton Orient 2–2 (3–4 pens) Rotherham". BBC Sport. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Nathan Clarke: Leyton Orient captain leaves club". BBC Sport. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Statement from Nathan Clarke". Leyton Orient F.C. 24 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Nathan Clarke: Bradford City sign ex-Leyton Orient defender". BBC Sport. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  20. ^ Turner, Andy (1 January 2017). "Nathan Clarke transfer to Coventry City confirmed by Bradford boss Stuart McCall". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Coventry 2–2 Bolton". BBC Sport. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  22. ^ a b Scott, Ged (2 April 2017). "Coventry 2–1 Oxford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  24. ^ "Coventry City release nine players including Nathan Clarke, Ruben Lameiras and Marcus Tudgay". Coventry City F.C. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  25. ^ Wood, Liam (23 June 2017). "Grimsby Town sign former Huddersfield Town defender Nathan Clarke on a free transfer". Grimsby Telegraph. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  26. ^ "Chesterfield 1-3 Grimsby". BBC. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  27. ^ "James McKeown: Grimsby Town offer new deal to goalkeeper and release 11". BBC Sport. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  28. ^ https://www.examiner.co.uk/sport/football/news/former-huddersfield-town-captain-commits-14985015.amp
  29. ^ Muro, Giuseppe (23 May 2014). "Nathan Clarke reveals brother's Wembley heartache ahead of Leyton Orient's play-off final". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
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  31. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  39. ^ a b "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  45. ^ a b "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Nathan Clarke in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  47. ^ "Huddersfield 0–0 Mansfield". BBC Sport. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 

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