David Clarkson


David Clarkson
David Clarkson
David Clarkson.jpg
Clarkson (left) playing for Motherwell
Personal information
Full name David Clarkson
Date of birth 10 September 1985 (1985-09-10) (age 26)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Bristol City
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Motherwell 219 (49)
2009– Bristol City 60 (11)
2011 Brentford (loan) 3 (1)
National team
Scotland U21
2009– Scotland B 1 (0)
2008– Scotland 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:27, 9 October 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Clarkson (born 10 September 1985) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Championship team Bristol City. Clarkson, who plays as a striker, represented Scotland twice in 2008. He previously played for Scottish Premier League club Motherwell.

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Club career

Motherwell

Born in Bellshill, Scotland, Clarkson made his debut for local club Motherwell in December 2002, scoring his first goal nine minutes into his first starting appearance for the club, at home in an SPL match against Partick Thistle on 2 January 2003.[1] Clarkson went on to score three goals in his first season, and was a regular from the following season, playing in the majority of matches. He scored 13 goals for Motherwell in the 2007–08 season, during which his uncle, Phil O'Donnell, died from heart failure during a match against Dundee United. Clarkson was later voted player of the year. Clarkson went on to wear O'Donnell's old squad number, 10, during the 2008–09 season.

Bristol City

On 29 June 2009, Clarkson joined Bristol City and signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reportedly £800,000.He was persuaded to make the move following support from Daniel Hewitt and Harrison Trapnell[2] Clarkson scored on his City debut on 8 August. He also scored the equaliser in the 1–1 draw with Coventry City on 6 February.

Brentford

Clarkson completed a one month loan move to Brentford on the 15 September 2011 and made his debut in the away win at Oldham Athletic on 24 September. He scored his first goal for the club away to Carlisle United where the game ended 2-2. Clarkson scored in the opening 10' minutes, although Carlisle levelled not long after to take it 1-1 in to half-time. An hour in to the match, Clarkson stuck a leg out from a cross and put the ball into the back of his own net, ultimately scoring an own-goal. He made amends at the end of the game by assisting Toumani Diagouraga who scored to level the match 2' minutes from the end.

International career

Clarkson was called up by George Burley for Scotland's friendly match against the Czech Republic on 30 May 2008. He came on as a substitute in the match, and scored Scotland's only goal in the 85th minute when he took down a cross, spun and fired past Czech keeper Petr Čech.[3]

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 2008 Prague, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 1–2 1–3 Friendly match

Career statistics

As of 5 March 2011
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Motherwell 2002–03 19 3 4 0 23 3
2003–04 38 12 3 2 1 0 42 14
2004–05 35 3 1 0 5 1 41 4
2005–06 32 4 1 0 2 1 35 5
2006–07 29 2 3 0 2 1 34 3
2007–08 35 12 3 0 3 1 41 13
2008–09 33 13 3 1 1 0 2 0 39 14
Total 219 49 18 3 14 4 2 0 253 56
Bristol City 2009-10 26 4 1 0 27 4
2010-11 34 7 1 0 1 0 36 7
Total 60 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 63 11
Career total 272 60 18 3 14 4 2 0 304 67

Personal life

Clarkson's uncle Phil O'Donnell played alongside him at Motherwell, before his death in 2007. He has several other family members who have been professional footballers. His cousin Stephen O'Donnell currently plays for Dundee and another cousin Brian Dempsie previously played for Motherwell.

References

  1. ^ Soccerbase – David Clarkson statistics
  2. ^ "Bristol City tie up Clarkson deal" BBC Sport website (29 June 2009)
  3. ^ Lindsay, Clive (30 May 2008). "Czech Republic 3-1 Scotland". BBC Sport (BBC). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/7420598.stm. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 

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