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Clive Clarke : biography

14 January 1980 -

Clive Richard Luke Clarke (born 14 January 1980) is a former Irish footballer. He played primarily as a left back, but also as centre back, left midfielder or centre midfielder. He is now a football agent, after leaving Sunderland for health reasons.

International career

Clarke was a Republic of Ireland Under 21 player and has two caps for the Republic of Ireland senior team, against Nigeria in May 2004 and against Jamaica in June 2004., FAI Official Website. Retrieved 1 July 2007.

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1998–99 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1999–2000 Second Division 42 1 1 0 4 0 8 0 55 1
2000–01 Second Division 23 0 2 0 6 0 5 1 36 1
2001–02 Second Division 43 1 3 0 1 0 4 0 51 1
2002–03 First Division 31 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 32 3
2003–04 First Division 40 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 44 3
2004–05 Championship 42 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 44 1
Total 223 9 9 0 15 0 17 1 264 10
West Ham United 2005–06 Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Sunderland 2006–07 Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Coventry City (loan) 2006–07 Championship 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Leicester City (loan) 2007–08 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 243 9 9 0 16 0 17 1 285 10
A.  The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, and Football League Trophy.

Career

Stoke City

Clarke started playing football with local club Newtown Schoolboys in his home town of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow. He joined Stoke City as a trainee in August 1996, making his debut against Oldham Athletic in May 1999. He quickly became a regular in the team, making 55 appearances in the 1999–2000 season and 33 appearances in the 2000–01 season. In both seasons Stoke reached the play-offs were they lost to Gillingham and Walsall respectively. Although he was dropped from the side in February 2001, which prompted him to hand in a transfer request. However he returned to the side in 2001–02 and helped Stoke gain promotion by beating Brentford in the 2002 Football League Second Division play-off Final. He played 32 times in 2002–03 as Stoke narrowly avoided relegation. He made 44 appearances in both the 2003–04 and 2004–05 campaigns. He left for West Ham United in the summer of 2005 after making 264 appearances for Stoke City in nine years.

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