Shane Clarke

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Shane Clarke
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Personal information
Full name Shane Robin Clarke
Date of birth (1987-11-07) 7 November 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gainsborough Trinity
Youth career
2004–2006 Lincoln City
2005–2006 Stamford (W/E)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Lincoln City 68 (0)
2010 Gateshead 1 (0)
2010–2011 Boston United 15 (2)
2011–2013 Gainsborough Trinity 51 (6)
2013–2014 Worksop Town 42 (11)
2014–2016 Tamworth 63 (12)
2016–2017 Boston United 11 (0)
2017– Gainsborough Trinity 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:37, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

Shane Robin Clarke (born 7 November 1987) is an English footballer who plays for National League North side Gainsborough Trinity, where he plays as a midfielder.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in Lincoln, England.

Playing career[edit]

Lincoln City[edit]

Clarke is a product of the club's centre of excellence which he joined in February 2002. In March 2004, he was one of five players who accepted a three-year scholarship with the Imps, commencing at the start of the 2004–05 season.[1] Of the five, three would go on to forge professional careers: Clarke, Jack Hobbs and Scott Loach. In January 2006, Clarke joined Stamford on work experience[2] with the scholarship system reverting to two rather than three years, Clarke was offered professional terms with the club at the end of his second year[3] and he signed his first, one-year, professional contract in July 2006.[4]

He started his Lincoln career as an unused substitute against Grimsby Town in a Football League Trophy match. He then played 11 games and was used as a substitute 5 times. His second Football League game, a 3–1 home defeat to Rotherham United on 12 January 2008, saw Clarke red-carded for a last minute lunge on Mark Hudson resulting in a three-match ban.[5] However his performances after making his debut saw him rewarded with a one-year extension to his contract.[6] On 30 April 2009 he agreed a new two-year contract with the club[7] signing the contract the following day.[8]

In May 2010, Clarke was placed on the Lincoln City transfer list by manager Chris Sutton, and on 31 August 2010 agreed a deal with the club to have his contract cancelled.[9]

Gateshead[edit]

On 6 October 2010, Clarke signed an initial one-month contract with Conference National side Gateshead.[10] Clarke made his debut for Gateshead as a second-half substitute against AFC Wimbledon on 16 October 2010. Clarke was released by Gateshead on 8 November 2010.[11]

Boston United[edit]

On 19 November 2010 he joined Boston United[12] and was judged to be man-of-the-match on his debut for the club, a 2–1 home FA Trophy victory over Gainsborough Trinity the following day.[13] He departed the club following the 1–0 home Conference North defeat to A.F.C. Telford United on 12 February 2011 after being offered a trial with MLS side Chicago Fire.[14][15] He linked up with the club for the second phase of their pre-season training,[16] appearing in games against Florida Gulf Coast University[17] and New York Red Bulls,[18] before being released from his trial on 28 February 2011.[19]

He returned to Boston United, appearing as an unused substitute in the club's 1–0 defeat at Solihull Moors on 26 March 2011[20] and maintaining a place in the squad until the end of the season. He was offered terms by the club for the 2011–2012 season[21] but turned these down in order to join Gainsborough Trinity.[22]

Gainsborough Trinity[edit]

Clarke signed for Gainsborough Trinity in June 2011. During the 2011–12 season, Clarke formed a formidable midfield partnership with Jonathan D'Laryea, and the pair were influential in helping Trinity to secure a National League North play-off position, finishing in 5th place. Trinity would go on to reach the play-off final, defeating Halifax Town 3–2 over two legs, with Clarke scoring the only goal in the second leg to send Trinity through to the final. In the summer of 2012, Clark agreed to sign for another year with Trinity.

Worksop Town[edit]

In June 2013 he signed for Worksop Town.

Tamworth[edit]

On 10 June 2014, Clarke, and his Worksop Town teammate Leon Mettam joined Conference North side Tamworth.[23]

Boston United[edit]

Clarke rejoined Boston United in May 2016, but suffered an injury-stricken season with the Pilgrims, being ruled out for the first half of the season after suffering a second Achilles injury in quick succession. He was already set to miss the opening month of the campaign, but was subsequently eliminated from action until at least January 2017.[24] Clarke was one of eight released at the end of the season, after making only 11 appearances.

Gainsborough Trinity[edit]

Returning to Gainsborough Trinity for a second spell following his release from Lincolnshire rivals Boston United, Clarke was unveiled as one of Dave Frecklington's first summer signings in May 2017, along with Craig King. Clarke scored his first goal on his return on 19 August against Harrogate Town.

Personal life[edit]

Clarke has a son, Gabriel, who was born on 1 March 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 December 2017[25]
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 2006–07[26] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[27] 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2008–09[28] 23 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 26 0
2009–10[29] 29 0 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 33 0
Total 68 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 75 0
Gateshead 2010–11[30] Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Boston United 2010–11[31] Conference North 15 2 0 0 2[b] 0 17 2
Gainsborough Trinity 2011–12[31] Conference North 26 4 0 0 0 0 26 4
2012–13[31] 25 2 0 0 3[b] 0 28 2
Total 51 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 54 6
Worksop Town 2013–14 NPL – Premier Division 42 11 ? ? ? ? 42 11
Tamworth 2014–15[31] Conference North 38 8 2 1 0 0 40 9
2015–16[31] National League North 25 4 0 0 1[b] 0 26 4
Total 63 12 2 1 0 0 1 0 66 13
Boston United 2016–17[31] National League North 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Gainsborough Trinity 2017–18[31] National League North 19 1 2 0 0 0 21 1
Career totals 270 32 7 1 2 0 8 0 287 33
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in the FA Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five Youngsters Offered Scholarships". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 10 March 2004. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Daniels borrow young Imp". NonLeagueDaily.com. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Retained List Announced". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Five Sign On Dotted Line". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 4 July 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Three-match ban for Shane". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Shane signs extension". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "New deals agreed". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Duo sign on dotted line". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Duo depart". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Gateshead sign former Lincoln City midfielder". Gateshead F.C. Official Website. 6 October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Gateshead release Clarke". Gateshead F.C. Official Website. 8 November 2010. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "United boosted by three signings". Boston United F.C. Official Website. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Clarke aiming to build on good start". Boston United F.C. Official Website. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Shane Clarke leaves Boston United". Boston Standard. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Boston United's Shane Clarke set for MLS trial". BBC Sport. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "Fire shift camp to Florida for second phase of preseason training". Chicago Fire Official Website. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Fire Draw 2–2 With Florida Gulf Coast". Chicago Fire Official Website. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Fire, Red Bulls Play To 1–1 Draw". Chicago Fire Official Website. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Fire shift preseason camp to Charleston". Chicago Fire Official Website. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Clarke returns to Boston after his American dream comes to an end". Boston Standard. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "United announce five departures". Boston United F.C. Official Website. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  22. ^ "Family first". Gainsborough Standard. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "Tamworth swoop for Mettam and Clarke". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  24. ^ http://www.bostonunited.co.uk/teams/24809/player/shane-clarke-1689846
  25. ^ "Shane Clarke Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Shane Clarke in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Shane Clarke in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Shane Clarke in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Shane Clarke in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Shane Clarke in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  31. ^ a b c d e f g Shane Clarke at Soccerway. Retrieved 21 December 2017.

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