Sam Clucas

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Sam Clucas
Sam Clucas 2017.jpg
Clucas playing for Hull City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Samuel Raymond Clucas[1]
Date of birth (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2008 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Nettleham
2009–2010 Lincoln City 0 (0)
2010–2011 Jerez Industrial
2011–2013 Hereford United 58 (8)
2013–2014 Mansfield Town 43 (8)
2014–2015 Chesterfield 41 (9)
2015–2017 Hull City 84 (9)
2017–2018 Swansea City 29 (3)
2018– Stoke City 0 (0)
National team
2013 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:09, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

Samuel Raymond Clucas (born 25 September 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Stoke City.

Clucas started his career as a youth player for Leicester City where he spent six years, before being released. He studied at Lincoln College and had a spell at Nettleham towards the end of the 2008–09 season, before joining his hometown club Lincoln City where he stayed until being released in the summer of 2010. After a short spell in Spain he returned to England and rose from League Two to the Premier League with Hereford United, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield and Hull City; scoring in each division in the process. He joined Swansea City on 23 August 2017, thus ending his stay with Hull City. Clucas spent the 2017–18 season with the Swans before joining Stoke City in August 2018.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire,[4] Clucas attended Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic High School.[5] Prior to signing a professional football contract with Lincoln City, he worked part-time at a café in a Debenhams department store.[6]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Clucas started his career with Leicester City, joining their academy at the age of 10, leaving at the age of 16.[7][8] Following his release from Leicester, he had a short spell playing for Nettleham in the Central Midlands Football League at the end of the 2008–09 season.[5]

He then studied sports development qualification at Lincoln College.[7][6] He was offered a soccer scholarship in the United States, before signing for Lincoln at the start of the 2009–10 season after a successful trial period with his hometown club, impressing manager Peter Jackson, who described him as a "real find".[7][8] Whilst on trial with the club he made an appearance in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup final defeat to Scunthorpe United.[7] He made his professional debut on 1 September for Lincoln City in their 1–0 home defeat to Darlington in the Football League Trophy, before being replaced by Chris Fagan in the 63rd minute as a substitute.[9] In late December 2009, manager Chris Sutton announced Clucas would be one of three players to be put on the transfer list. In March 2010, a proposed loan move to Lincoln Moorlands Railway fell through as Northern Counties East League rules prevented member clubs from signing contracted Football League players on short-term loans.[10] Clucas was released by Lincoln City in the summer of 2010. In August 2010, having successfully attended trials at Bisham Abbey, he was handed a two-year scholarship at the Glenn Hoddle Academy,[11] the move also enabled him to turn out for Jerez Industrial.[12] He signed for Hereford United in November 2011 after a trial period.[13]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Clucas playing for Mansfield Town in 2014

On 21 June 2013, Clucas signed a two-year contract with Mansfield Town for a fee of £20,000 plus a 15% sell-on clause which was decided by a tribunal.[14] He had rejected an offer from Crewe Alexandra and chosen to sign for Mansfield as it was closer to his home in Lincoln.[15]

Chesterfield[edit]

On 1 September 2014, the 2014 summer transfer window deadline day, League One side Chesterfield signed Clucas from rivals Mansfield Town on a three-year deal until June 2017 for an undisclosed fee.[16]

Hull City[edit]

On 27 July 2015, Clucas signed a three-year deal with Championship side Hull City for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £1.3 million.[17] Clucas made his competitive debut for Hull against Huddersfield Town on the first day of the 2015–16 Football League Championship season, scoring the first goal of the game.[18] On 13 August 2016, Clucas made a Premier League debut described as "exceptional" against Leicester City,[19] and four days later Clucas signed a new three-year deal with the club.[20] He scored for Hull in the return game in Leicester in March 2017. It was the fifth successive season in which he scored a goal, in a fifth different division, and in an ascending order—the Football Conference in 2012–13, League Two in 2013–14, League One in 2014–15, Football League Championship in 2015–16, and then the Premier League in 2016–17.[21]

Swansea City[edit]

On 23 August 2017, Clucas signed a four-year contract with Premier League club Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.[22] He scored three goals for Swansea, all of which came against Arsenal, once in a 2–1 defeat at the Emirates,[23] and twice in a 3–1 win at the Liberty Stadium in late January.[24]

Stoke City[edit]

Clucas joined Stoke City on 9 August 2018 for a fee of £6 million.[25]

International career[edit]

Clucas gained his only cap for England C when he played the full 90 minutes in 6–1 win against Bermuda on 6 June 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

Clucas playing for Hull City in 2016
As of the end of the 2017–18 season
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
Lincoln City 2009–10[26] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Hereford United 2011–12[27] League Two 17 0 1 0 18 0
2012–13[28] Conference Premier 41 8 4 1 2[b] 0 47 9
Total 58 8 5 1 2 0 65 9
Mansfield Town 2013–14[29] League Two 38 8 3 5 1 0 1[a] 0 43 13
2014–15[30] League Two 5 0 1 0 6 0
Total 43 8 3 5 2 0 1 0 49 13
Chesterfield 2014–15[30] League One 41 9 6 3 2[c] 0 49 12
Hull City 2015–16[31] Championship 44 6 2 0 3 0 3[d] 0 52 6
2016–17[32] Premier League 37 3 2 0 2 0 41 3
2017–18[33] Championship 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 84 9 4 0 5 0 3 0 96 9
Swansea City 2017–18[33] Premier League 29 3 6 0 1 0 36 3
Stoke City 2018–19[34] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 255 37 24 9 8 0 9 0 296 46
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

Hull City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sam Clucas". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Sam Clucas". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline Publishing Group. p. 475. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  4. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  5. ^ a b "Lincoln City sign Sam Clucas". Lincolnshire Echo. Lincoln. 1 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Clucas find can begin Imps production line". Lincolnshire Echo. Lincoln. 8 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d "First Team: Samuel Clucas". Lincoln City F.C. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Peter Jackson thrilled with new signing Sam Clucas". Lincolnshire Echo. Lincoln. 3 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Darlington 1–0 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Red tape stops loan moves". Non-League Daily. Baltic Publications. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2013. [dead link]
  11. ^ "New Hoddle Academy recruit Sam Clucas would 'love to play for Lincoln City again'". Lincolnshire Echo. Lincoln. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2013. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Sam Clucas aims to reign in Spain with guidance from Glenn Hoddle". Lincolnshire Echo. Lincoln. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2013. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Bulls sign midfielder Clucas". Hereford United F.C. Retrieved 12 November 2011. [dead link]
  14. ^ Thirkill, Stephen (24 September 2013). "Mansfield Town told to pay Hereford £20,000 compensation for Sam Clucas deal by FA tribunal". Hucknall Dispatch. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "Mansfield Town: Hereford's Sam Clucas snubs Crewe for Field Mill". BBC Sport. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Clucas signs for Spireites". Chesterfield F.C. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  17. ^ "Tigers complete Taylor and Clucas deals". Hull City A.F.C. 27 July 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Hull City 2–0 Huddersfield Town". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  19. ^ Buckingham, Philip (18 August 2016). "Hull City remain in a state despite improbable victory over Leicester". ESPN. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "Clucas signs new three-year deal". Hull City A.F.C. 17 August 2016. Archived from the original on 28 August 2016. 
  21. ^ Moody, Jon (6 March 2017). "The stunning rise of Hull City's Sam Clucas summed up in one crazily good stat". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  22. ^ "Sam Clucas: Swansea City sign midfielder from Hull". BBC Sport. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  23. ^ Mike, Whalley (28 October 2018). "Arsenal 2–1 Swansea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  24. ^ Pearlman, Michael (30 January 2018). "Swansea 3–1 Arsenal". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  25. ^ "Sam Clucas: Stoke City sign Swansea City midfielder for £6m". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  28. ^ "S. Clucas". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Sam Clucas in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 
  35. ^ Williams, Adam (28 May 2016). "Hull City 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 

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