Nobby Clark (footballer)

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Nobby Clark
Personal information
Full name Nobby Clark
Date of birth (1952-04-12) 12 April 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Sighthill Amateurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1975 Partick Thistle 97 (1)
1975–1984 Queen of the South 276 (6)
Total 373 (7)
Teams managed
1984–1986 Queen of the South
1986–1987 Stranraer
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nobby Clark is a former Scottish professional footballer who played for Partick Thistle and then served Queen of the South as both player and manager. He was inducted into the Partick Thistle 'Hall of Fame' in 2009 for his part in the 1971 League Cup winning campaign when all players who contributed to that cup winning were recognised. In total Clark played 154 games for Partick Thistle which were League games, Scottish Cup games, League Cup games, Glasgow Cup games and UEFA Cup games. Clark is also listed as a Queen of the South 'legend' where his playing appearances makes him the fourteenth highest player in games played in their history.

With Partick Thistle, Clark scored a single goal in a 1-1 draw against Rangers. He played in the club's 1972 UEFA Cup campaign.[1]

As the defensive cornerstone from 1975 until 1984, Clark made 276 league appearances and scored 6 goals for Queens (340 first team appearances in all). Clark is the only person to gain promotion with Queens as a player and then go on to repeat the feat as Queens manager.[1] Jimmy Robertson was later interviewed by Queens and named Clark as being one of the best players that he played alongside at Palmerston Park.[2]

Clark went on to be the manager of Queens when he stopped playing at the end of the 1983-84 season for two years. It was during this time that Clark signed Tommy Bryce for the Dumfries club.[3]

Clark left Queens to manage Stranraer at the start of the 1986-87 season. He was in charge at Stair Park until November 1987, when he was replaced as manager by Alex "Sanny" McAnespie. [4] [5] In 2001 Clark joined Motherwell F.C. as a youth coach and first team opposition scout. He served Motherwell managers Eric Black, Terry Butcher, Maurice Malpas, Mark McGhee and Jim Gannon before leaving to join up with Mark McGhee at Aberdeen in 2009.Clark continues to work at Aberdeen F.C. carrying out first team opposition reports for manager Craig Brown. That task continues with Clark preparing first team opposition reports for manager Derek McInnes from season 2013-2014.