Walsall player 137. Gijsbert Bos


Gijsbert Bos (born 22 March 1973 in Spakenburg, Netherlands), is a footballer who played in the Football League, at Rotherham United (18) Gateshead (10) Lincoln City (34) and Walsall (0)

Gijsbert Bos

Personal information
Full name Gijsbert Bos
Date of birth 22 February 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Spakenburg, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 IJsselmeervogels 36 (16)
1996–1997 Lincoln City 36 (10)
1997  Gateshead (loan) 10 (8)
1997–1998 Rotherham United 18 (4)
1998  Walsall (loan) 0 (0)
1998–1999 IJsselmeervogels 15 (7)
1999–2000 SV Huizen 24 (9)
2000–2001 Nunspeet 20 (10)
2001–2003 GVVV
2003–2004 SDC Putten
2004– VV Eemdijk

One thing that I have found out doing this research is that finding information on these players is far from easy, especially if they are not sucessfull here in the Football League.

Walsall player 109. Adrian Littlejohn


Personal information
Full name Adrian Sylvester Littlejohn
Date of birth 26 September 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward

Youth career
1988–1989 West Bromwich Albion

Senior career
Years                        Team                                    Apps       (Gls)
1989–1991                 Walsall                                   44         (1)
1991–1995                 Sheffield United                  69        (12)
1995–1998                 Plymouth Argyle                110        (29)
1998                            Oldham Athletic                  21         (5)
1998–2001                 Bury                                         99       (14)
2001–2003                 Sheffield United                    3         (0)
2003–2004                 Port Vale                                49       (10)
2004–2005                 Lincoln City                             8         (0)
2005                             Rushden & Diamonds           15         (0)
2005–2006                 Mansfield Town                       7         (0)
2006                             Leek Town                                4          (0)
2007–2008                 Retford United                         ?           ?

                                         Total                                  437+      (71+)
Adrian Sylvester Littlejohn (born 26 September 1970) is an English former footballer, who played as a midfielder and a striker. He scored 74 goals in 425 league appearances in an 18-year career in the Football League.
He began his professional career at Walsall, after moving from West Bromwich Albion in 1989. He moved on to Sheffield United two years later, before making a £100,000 move to Plymouth Argyle in September 1995. He helped Plymouth to win promotion out of the Third Division in 1996, before moving on to Oldham Athletic in March 1998. Eight months later he was sold on to Bury for £75,000. He returned to Sheffield United in October 2001, before transferring to Port Vale in February 2003. In August 2004 he switched to Lincoln City, before ending the season at Rushden & Diamonds. In September 2005 he signed with Mansfield Town before moving on to non-league club Leek Town the following year. He retired in 2008 following a brief spell at Retford United.
Littlejohn started his footballing career at West Bromwich Albion, but failed to play a match and was released at the end of the 1988–89 season to find first team football elsewhere. He stayed in his native West Midlands and joined Walsall prior to the 1989–90 season; the “Saddlers” finished bottom of the Third Division under John Barnwell’s stewardship and were relegated into the Fourth Division. They then finished a disappointing 16th in 1990–91 under Kenny Hibbitt. Littlejohn played 54 games, scoring one goal, in his two seasons with the club.
Prior to the 1991–92 season, Littlejohn was signed by Dave Bassett of Sheffield United. He played a part in the “Blades” first ever Premier League season in 1992–93, scoring eight goals in 27 games. He scored three goals in 19 top-flight games in 1993–94, as United were relegated into the First Division. He appeared just 18 times in 1994–95, before he moved to Plymouth Argyle for a £100,000 fee in September 1995.
Bagging 18 goals, he was the club’s top scorer in his debut season at Home Park, which helped Plymouth finish fourth in the Third Division. They were just one point short of automatic promotion, but managed to gain promotion via the play-offs with a 1–0 win over Darlington. The 1996–97 and 1997–98 seasons saw the club involved in relegation battles; Littlejohn had escaped the cycle however, joining Second Division side Oldham Athletic in March 1998.
At Oldham he joined Neil Warnock, the manager who had signed him at Plymouth. Littlejohn scored his début against Watford, however both men’s stay at Boundary Park was brief; Bury appointed Warnock manager in May 1998, and six months later he bought Littlejohn for £75,000. The “Shakers” occupied the final relegation place in the First Division in 1998–99, finishing behind Port Vale on goals scored. They finished 15th in 1999–2000 under new boss Andy Preece, with Littlejohn scoring 10 times in his 48 appearances. He scored five goals in 43 games for the Gigg Lane club in 2000–01, and in total scored 16 goals in 112 games in close to three seasons at the club.
In December 1999, Warnock was made manager of Sheffield United and in October 2001 he brought Littlejohn back to the club, on a non-contract basis. He remained loyal to Warnock, refusing to sign a permanent contract with Carlisle United, though he was to only play three competitive matches for the first team in 2001–02, two of those coming from off the bench. Leaving the club in February 2003 he rejected the chance to sign with Bradford City, and instead signed with Port Vale. After impressing manager Brian Horton, his initial one month deal was extended to the end of the season. He then went on to score seven goals in 41 appearances in the 2003–04 campaign.
In August 2004 he put pen to paper with League Two side Lincoln City. Failing to make at impact at Sincil Bank, he was released by manager Keith Alexander in January 2005. He then joined Rushden & Diamonds on a contract expiring at the end of the season. The ageing striker made fifteen appearances for the club and also gave the younger players the benefit of his experience. In September 2005 he signed with Mansfield Town, making seven substitute appearances in the league over the course of the 2005–06 season for Peter Shirtliff’s “Stags”.
He wound his career down with a few games for non-league Leek Town, playing for the club from March] to October in 2006. In June 2007, Littlejohn agreed to return to playing at Retford United for his old teammate Peter Duffield, before leaving the club at the end of the season.

Walsall player 79. Dave Tennant


Personal information
Full name David Tennant
Date of birth 13 June 1945
Place of birth Walsall, Staffordshire, England

Playing position Goalkeeper

Youth career
– Walsall

Senior career
Years                                                 Team                             Apps           (Gls)
1963–1965                                        Walsall                               19            (0)
1965–1966                                        Worcester City                   ?             ?
1966–1970                                        Lincoln City                       40            (0)
1970–1971                                        Rochdale                              16            (0)
1971–197?                                        Corby Town                          ?               ?
                                                          Skegness Town                     ?               ?

David Tennant (born 13 June 1945) is an English former footballer who made 75 appearances in the Football League playing as a goalkeeper for Walsall (19), Lincoln City(40) and Rochdale(16). He also played non-league football for Worcester City, Corby Town and Skegness Town. I have been unable to find anything else on him, so as before any information would be gratefully received!

Walsall player 76. Christopher David Thompson


 Christopher David Thompson
Date of birth 24 January 1960
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 5 June 2012 (aged 52)
Place of death Tipton, England

Playing position Midfielder, Forward

Youth career
Bolton Wanderers

Senior career
Years                                     Team                            Apps            (Gls)
1977–1983                            Bolton Wanderers            73             (18)
1983 →(loan)                         Lincoln City                       6               (0)
1983–1986                            Blackburn Rovers             85            (24)
1986–1988                            Wigan Athletic                 74              (12)
1988–1990                            Blackpool                        39                (8)
1990                                      Cardiff City                        2                (0)
1991                                      Walsall                              3                (0)

 

Christopher “Chris” Thompson (24 January 1960 – 5 June 2012) was an English footballer who played as a midfielder or a forward.
Thompson was born in Walsall, West Midlands on 24 January 1960. He started his career at Bolton Wanderers, signing professional terms with the club in 1977 after impressing in the club youth teams. He made his debut for the club on 25 October 1977 in a League Cup match against Peterborough United. His first league appearance for the club came during the 1979–80 season, appearing as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat against Coventry City. He made a total of 81 appearances in all competitions for Bolton, scoring 20 goals, before being transferred to Blackburn Rovers in 1983.
During his three-year spell at Blackburn, Thompson made 100 appearances and scored 26 goals before moving to Wigan Athletic in 1986. In his fourth league game for Wigan, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win against his hometown club Walsall. He scored nine goals during the 1986–87 season, helping the club reach the inaugural Football League play-offs. Despite Thompson scoring the opening goal in the first leg of the play-off semi final against Swindon Town, the club went on to lose the game 3–2, and would ultimately be knocked out by the same scoreline on aggregate. Thompson also played an important role in the club’s 1986–87 FA Cup run, scoring in the Second and Third Round against Darlington and Gillingham. He also scored the opening goal in the Fifth Round match against Hull City, which Wigan went on to win 3–0, reaching the quarter finals for the first time in their history.
In 1988, Thompson joined Sam Ellis’ Blackpool. In his first season at Bloomfield Road, he made 36 League appearances and scored eight goals. The following season, 1989–90, under Jimmy Mullen, who had taken over with five games remaining of the previous term, Thompson made three appearances before being sold to Cardiff City.
He made only five further League appearances (two for Cardiff and three for Walsall) before retiring from the game in 1991 at the age of 31.
Thompson was found dead at his flat in Anderson Gardens, Tipton, on 5 June 2012. An inquest into his death six months later failed to identify a specific cause of death, but the pathologist had discovered sclerosis of the liver and due to the decomposed state of his body he may have died several weeks before his body was discovered. His sister, Maureen Bradshaw, told the coroner that he had struggled with depression in later life and was a heavy drinker.

Walsall player 62.Trevor Meath


Trevor Meath

 

Trevor Meath
Personal information
Full name Trevor John Meath
Date of birth 20 March 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
Playing position Midfielder

Senior career
Years                                                         Team                           Apps        (Gls)
–                                                         Darlaston
1964–1969                                          Walsall                                 67          (11)
1969–1972                                         Lincoln City                          43           (5)

                                                                Total                                     110          (16)
Trevor John Meath (born 20 March 1944) is an English former footballer, the position he played, was a midfielder, he began his career in non-league football with Darlaston Town. Trevor  made 110 appearances in the Football League playing for Walsall and Lincoln City, whom he joined in October 1969 for a £6,000 fee. His career ended prematurely after an injury sustained in a match in October 1971.

Walsall Player 8 Alan Clarke


Allan (Sniffer) Clarke

Born Short Heath, Willenhall on 31st July 1946.

Allan Clarke

PERSONAL INFORMATION

DATE OF BIRTH

31 July 1946 (age 69)
PLACE OF BIRTH

Willenhall, England
PLAYING POSITION

Striker
SENIOR CAREER

YEARS            Team                  Apps      (Gls)

1963–1966        Walsall                72         (41)

1966–1968       Fulham                86        (45)

1968–1969       Leicester City   36         (12)

1969–1978       Leeds United   273       (110)

1978–1980       Barnsley              47        (15)

NATIONAL TEAM

1970–1975        England               19         (10)

TEAMS MANAGED

1978–1980          Barnsley
1980–1982           Leeds United
1983–1984           Scunthorpe United
1985–1989            Barnsley
1990                       Lincoln City
Allan John Clarke. Born 31st July 1946 in Short Heath, Willenhall, Staffordshire. He obtained the nickname ‘Sniffer’ for the way he scored his goals! The inference being that he could sniff out a goal, but if you went down and stood on the Laundry Bridge on an afternoon, you would see him out on the pitch with the manager and some tyres tied around the goals and he would be hitting the ball from different areas around the pitch and he would have to get so many in the tyres before that days training finished. I watched him many times doing this, so he worked very hard at being able to do that (score in the top and bottom corners of the net) He is a former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Walsall, Fulham, Leicester City, Leeds United and Barnsley during his career. He also won 19 international caps playing for England and 6 under 23 caps.

Clarke started his career at Walsall making his debut at the tender age of 16 in 1963. He moved to Fulham FC in March 1966 in a transfer deadline deal, for £37,500. Such was his early promise that Leicester City then paid £150,000 for Clarke in 1968. He spent just one season at Leicester City, in which he scored the winning goal in the 1969 FA Cup semi final, knocking out the team he had supported as a boy – West Bromwich Albion. He also starred in the final, which Leicester City lost 1–0 to Manchester City.

Clarke came from a footballing family, his brothers Wayne, Frank, Derek and Kelvin played League Soccer, but he was the pick of the crop. He represented Birmingham Schools and South East Staffordshire Boys before joining Walsall as an apprentice on leaving school in 1961, turning professional on 12th August 1963. He began scoring goals regularly and was voted Walsall’s Player of the Year by the supporters in 1964-65, when he top-scored with twenty-three League goals. He finished top scorer again in 1965-66, netting another twenty-three goals even though he was sold to Fulham well before the end of the season. He had scored forty-one League goals in seventy-two games when First Division Fulham signed him in March 1966 for £35,000. While at Fulham he picked up five England Under-Twenty-Three Caps and he burst onto the International scene with a four-goal blast past a bewildered and shell-shocked Wales at Molineux in an 8-0 landslide on 12th October 1966. His second followed almost a year later at Boothferry Park, when he teamed up for the first time with Mick Jones to pilot England to a 3-0 win over Austria and his third came at the end of that month on 31st May 1967 as England were held to a 0-0 draw by Greece in Athens. Three days later he picked up his fourth cap in a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in Sofia and on the 7th June 1967 he scored in a 3-1 win over Turkey in Ankara to make it five goals in five games. In just over two years at Craven Cottage he had scored forty-five League goals in eighty-six games while playing in a very mediocre team, before he joined Leicester City for a record £150,000 in June 1968. He picked up his sixth and final Under-Twenty-Three cap in a 4-0 win over Portugal at Highfield Road, Coventry when he got two of the goals to take his tally to seven from six games. Once again he had joined a struggling team but once again he proved his ability to score goals from nothing with remarkable consistency, and Don Revie had already noted his ability when he caused his defenders trouble when in opposition. However, it was a “Man of the Match” display for the Foxes in their 1968-69 F.A. Cup Final loss to Manchester City, which co-incided with their relegation, that prompted the Leeds Manager to break the club transfer record and pay £165,000 to bring him to Leeds, in July 1969, and so add the final piece to his jig-saw puzzle of making Leeds, freshly crowned Champions of England, the best team in Europe. His time at Leicester had seen him score twelve League goals in thirty-six games and the man they called “Sniffer” was united with Mick Jones to make the strongest spearhead in the Football League. “Sniffer” Clarke’s instinctive nose for goals won scores of games for Leeds. Sometimes he was criticised for a lack of work-rate but when it came to goal-poaching, he was devastating. His partnership with Mick Jones was one which few clubs have bettered. He made his debut in the Charity Shield against Manchester City at Elland Road on 2nd August 1969, in what was to become the legendary Leeds team. Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley, Clarke, Jones, Giles and Gray, with Lorimer, on this occasion, substitute. He was the final piece in the jigsaw, the jewel in the crown. In his first League game, he immediately became a fans’ favourite, scoring once in United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in front of a crowd of 35,000 at Elland Road on 9th August 1969. Possibly the deadliest goalscoring career that Leeds United fans have ever seen was about to begin. In his first season with the club, Clarke and Leeds were on course for the treble. The European Cup, the F.A. Cup and the First Division Title were all on the Leeds agenda for the vast majority of the season, and they came very close to achieving their target, but fell so cruelly short of all three goals. Due to the small squad all clubs had in those days, Leeds just eventually burned, and fatigue took its toll on the club’s players. FA rules of the time restricted each team to a squad of twenty players, and Leeds took part in sixty-two games, excluding the Charity Shield, that season. They lost to Celtic 3-1 on aggregate in the European Cup Semi-Final, and eventually fell away from the League title as Everton went from strength to strength. However, due to the fixtures being crammed into a smaller period, due to the timing of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, even after the League programme had been completed, United still had an FA Cup Final Replay to contest before the end of April. The Final was United’s first in five years. They had played nine games in twenty-two days as Don Revie led them onto the pitch to face Chelsea, at Wembley, on 11th April 1970. In a game in which Leeds totally outclassed Chelsea, they appeared to have the game won, with only minutes left. Billy Bremner played in Johnny Giles on the wing and from the Irishman’s cross Clarke headed the ball against the post, but the ever-alert Mick Jones was on hand to force the rebound low and hard into the corner of the net. Leeds looked to have gained some tangible result for a season of high endeavour, but it was not to be. Chelsea then went up the other end of the pitch and scored to send the game into a replay at Old Trafford, a game in which Clarke played a major part in, and a game which was revered in F.A. Cup history. Leeds took the lead through Jones. Clarke had received the ball, skipped past several challenges and put Jones clear, near the half-way line. Jones brushed aside tackles from the Chelsea defence before dribbling forty yards and placing the ball into the far top corner of the net. Chelsea scored a late goal to force the game into extra-time through Peter Osgood, and David Webb scored in extra-time. Leeds couldn’t recover and Chelsea won the F.A. Cup for the first time. A devasting blow for Leeds to finish with nothing from a season which had promised so much and in which Allan Clarke had top-scored with twenty-six goals for them. However, for several Leeds players, including Clarke, their season was still not at an end, as they went on to represent their countries in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Following on his caps for the England Under-Twenty-Three team, he had appeared for an England XI and scored twice in a 4-0 win over a Mexico XI in Guadalajara on 4th June 1969. He had followed this up in the prelude to the 1970 Mexico World Cup by playing for the England “B” team on 20th May 1970 in a 1-0 win over Columbia in Bogata and also against an Ecuador XI known as Liga Deportiva Universidad which they beat 4-1 in Quito on 24th May 1970, but an England full cap still eluded him. On 11th June 1970 this was rectified, when he made his England debut, as the only previously uncapped player in England’s vital World Cup Group “C” qualifying match against Czechoslovakia at Guadalajara. With England needing to win to stay in the competition, Clarke lined up with his Leeds team-mates Terry Cooper and Jack Charlton and it was he who took the vital English penalty, when other more experienced players would not, and with ice-cool precision hit the back of the net to give England the win they needed. It was his only appearance of the tournament. His second appearance, against East Germany at Wembley on 12th November 1970, brought his second goal and he kept up his International scoring record as he scored from the spot in an European Cup qualifier in a 5-0 win over Malta at Wembley on 12th May 1971. He brought his Cap collection to six as he played in all three Home Internationals in quick succession. He made it four goals in four games when he scored the only goal of the game against Northern Ireland in Belfast on 15th May 1971, but failed to score when he came on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Wales at Wembley on 19th May and in the 3-1 win over Scotland also at Wembley on 22nd May 1971. Those games came at the end of another long and once more frustrating and almost unrewarding season at Leeds. He led the Leeds scorers for the second successive season with twenty-three goals, missing only three of United’s fifty-nine games in a season when they lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on 2nd June 1971, at the end of another long and arduous season, in which Clarke had not had a break since his debut in the Charity Shield game, almost two years earlier. United had suffered another season of disappointments robbed, this time, by referee Ray Tinkler against West Bromwich Albion in April 1971. Clarke scored for Leeds, but Leeds lost 2-1 due to Tinkler failing to spot a clear offside, flagged for by a linesman, but ignored by him. He allowed play to continue and Jeff Astle went on to score to win the game for his team. Arsenal won the title by one point, in what was the most controversial title race of the 1970’s. However, United still had something to cheer as they beat Juventus in the Inter-City Fairs Cup on away goals, and Clarke scored at Elland Road for United in that Final, but, yet again United had falling short of their potential. The 1971-72 season saw Clarke write himself indeluably into United folklore and their History, when his renowned diving header against Arsenal in the F.A. Cup Final win over Arsenal at Wembley on 6th May 1972, became a goal all United supporters, young and old could relate to. Mick Jones got to behind Arsenal full-back Bob McNab, crossed the ball towards the edge of the penalty area where Clarke, ran onto the ball, diving in the air, meeting it perfectly and sending it into the bottom corner. Clarke also hit the bar in that game, and played a major part in some virtuoso performances, that season, as Leeds turned in some outstanding performances of football brilliance to the delight of television audiences. However, Leeds were once again robbed of the title. After playing a gruelling FA Cup Final in front of 100,000 people, and millions worldwide, Leeds were forced to play Wolves away on the following Monday to win the title. Lacking the services of an injured Mick Jones, a fatigued United lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, which just a draw would have given them, the second half to the “Double”. Clarke had not been as prolific as in previous seasons and Peter Lorimer had top scored, with Clarke collecting fifteen. 1972-73 was another season of disappointment for Leeds and for Clarke, as Leeds dropped to third in the League and provided one of the all-time F.A. Cup shocks when they were beaten 1-0 at Wembley in the Final by Second Division Sunderland. The disappointment did not stop there as United lost in the Final of the European Cup-Winners’ Cup, with AC Milan, with the help of a biased and bought referee, winning 1-0 over a depleted United, with Clarke and several others unavailable. He was top in the Leeds goalscorers list, for the third time, with twenty-six goals. It was towards the end of that season, however, that Clarke was recalled to the England team when he scored twice in a 5-0 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on 14th February 1973. He was also in the team at Wembley when England beat Wales 3-0 on 15th May 1973 and Scotland 1-0 on 19th May before scoring against Czechoslovakia in a 1-1 draw in Prague on 27th May. He then played in the World Cup qualifier in Chorzow when England went down to Poland 0-2 on 6th June, but four days later he played in a 2-1 win over USSR in Moscow before bringing his England Caps to thirteen on 14th June 1973 as England lost 0-2 to Italy in Turin and his goal tally remained at seven. From the ashes of the 1972-73 season rose the phoenix that saw United go twenty-nine games undefeated in the season that gave Clarke his only Football League Championship medal and one again saw him second to Mick Jones as United’s top goalscorer with sixteen goals. He also accumulated another three England Caps and scored three more goals, as he scored twice in a 7-0 rout of Austria at Wembley on 26th September 1973, then a penalty in England’s calamitous 1-1 defeat by Poland, which saw England eliminated from the World Cup in the qualifying game at Wembley on 17th October 1973 and he was also in the team beaten 0-2 by Italy at Wembley on 14th November 1973. 1974-75 saw United struggle after the departure of Don Revie and the forty-four days of disaster that was the reign of Brian Clough, before Jimmy Armfield was able to salvage something from the ruins by leading United to the European Cup Final in Paris, and finish ninth in the League. Once again United were denied in a European Final by some dubious decisions by a referee, with Clarke being the subject of a clear penalty as he was scythed down from behind by Beckenbauer in the act of scoring. He again led the Leeds scorers for the fourth time with twenty-two goals and he added his fourteenth cap to his collection when he played in England’s 0-0 draw at Wembley on 20th November 1974 in a European Cup qualifier. Clarke was second to Duncan McKenzie in United’s scoring list with thirteen goals as Leeds consolidated in fifth position of the First Division, and he added his two final England caps to bring his collection to sixteen with appearances in the European Cup qualifiers against Czechoslovakia in Bratislavia, which was lost 1-2, on 30th October 1974 and his final appearance, as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Lisbon on 19th November 1974. 1974-75 saw United in tenth spot as Joe Jordan topped the scorers for United with Clarke getting seven, as injuries started to punctuate his career. In his final season at Leeds injuries again took their toll as Leeds finished ninth and Hankin led their scorers with Clarke scoring just four from nine starts and two games from the bench. He joined Barnsley as Player-Manager in June 1978 for £45,000, and got them promoted from Division Four at his first attempt in 1978-79, scoring twelve times in thirty-four games. The Oakwell crowds increased as their confidence in the Tykes grew. Clarke invested wisely in new players, but in general would have been disappointed in finishing eleventh as he contributed three goals in thirteen games before he hung up his boots in September 1980. In the 1980-81 season his team came together and promotion to the Second Division was achieved, but Clarke was not there to see it as he had returned to Elland Road to take over from Jimmy Adamson as Manager on 16th September 1980 and took his Coach Barry Murphy and Chief Scout Martin Wilkinson with him, leaving Norman Hunter to become Player-Manager and ensure their promotion. United had been in decline for several seasons and Clarke managed to stabilise a team that had won only one of its first nine games of the 1980-81 season and by working on the defence turned around their fortunes to ensure a creditable ninth spot in the final table. However, despite the disastrous purchase of Peter Barnes, it was a lack of goals that caused his downfall as he acquired Frank Worthington just a little too late for his nine goals to prevent the club’s relegation to the Second Division at season’s end and Clarke fell on his sword on 25th June 1982. He returned to become Manager of Scunthorpe United on 2nd February 1983 and guided them to promotion from the Fourth Division in fourth spot, at the end of the season. In the close season Clarke brought in several players to bolster the team for the fight to retain Third Division status. Despite eliminating Leeds United in a money-spinning three games in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup, and the purchase of more players as the season progressed, a poor away record meant that relegation ensued and, as the 1984-85 started, a boardroom power struggle saw Clarke and the club Chairman leave. Almost a year later Clarke came back to replace Bobby Collins as Manager of Barnsley in July 1985. His reign was severely restricted by lack of finance and having to sell his better players to balance the books. In his first season of 1985-86, he took them to a creditable twelfth in the Second Division, followed by an eleventh in 1986-87, but a good run in the Cup saw them reach the Fifth Round before being eliminated by Arsenal, 0-2 at Highbury . In 1987/88, they had some fine wins, one being in eliminating First Division West Ham United from the League Cup after winning 5-2 at Upton Park, but in the League they finished a disappointing fourteenth. 1988-89 saw his best season of his second reign at Barnsley, when a fine second half to the season, in which they only lost twice in the last sixteen games, saw the Tykes almost reach the play-offs, while in the F.A. Cup they again reached the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup before being beaten 0-1 by Everton at Oakwell. Things turned sour the following season and with Barnsley firmly in the relegation places, Clarke was sacked on 8th November 1989. His final fling at Football Management lasted only five months and just eighteen games, when he took over at Lincoln City on 4th June 1990. A poor start to the season saw Clarke dismissed on 30th November 1990, just one hundred and seventy-nine days after his appointment. He still lives in Lincolnshire and has worked as a representative of a ventilation extractor business and is a frequent visitor to Elland Road and supporter of past players events