- Clarke Carlisle
Clarke Carlisle Personal information Full name Clarke James Carlisle Date of birth 14 October 1979 Place of birth Preston, England Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Playing position Centre back Club information Current club Preston North End
(on loan from Burnley)
Number 5 Youth career Blackpool Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1997–2000 Blackpool 93 (7) 2000–2004 Queens Park Rangers 96 (6) 2004–2005 Leeds United 35 (4) 2005–2007 Watford 36 (3) 2007 → Luton Town (loan) 5 (0) 2007– Burnley 131 (7) 2011– → Preston North End (loan) 14 (2) National team‡ 2000 England U21 3 (0) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:40, 26 October 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:28, December 25, 2007 (UTC)
Clarke James Carlisle (born 14 October 1979) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Football League One side Preston North End, on loan from Burnley. Born in Preston, he began playing football at a young age, taking inspiration from his father who played semi-professionally. Carlisle represented his home county of Lancashire at youth level. The start of his professional career was his Football League debut for Blackpool in September 1997. He went on to play 93 league games for Blackpool before moving to Queens Park Rangers in May 2000. In the same year, Carlisle won three caps for the England under-21 national team. He missed a number of games for Queens Park Rangers due to a cruciate ligament injury which at one stage led doctors to believe that his career was over. He then missed one month of the 2003–04 season because of an alcohol-related problem, and left Queens Park Rangers at the end of that season. In the summer of 2004, he joined Leeds United on a free transfer.
Carlisle spent just one season with Leeds United before signing for Football League Championship side Watford in August 2005. In the 2005–06 season, his first with Watford, the team finished third in the division and achieved promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs. However, a thigh injury caused Carlisle to miss the majority of the team's inaugural top-flight season. In March 2007 he had a one-month loan spell at Luton Town. On 16 August 2007, Burnley manager Steve Cotterill bought Carlisle from Watford for a transfer fee of £200,000. In the 2008–09 season he played over 40 first-team matches as Burnley reached the semi-finals of the Football League Cup and finished fifth in the league, earning a place in the play-offs. Carlisle was named man of the match for his performance in the play-off final as Burnley beat Sheffield United 1–0 to return to the top tier of English football for the first time in 33 years.
An imposing figure in the centre of defence thanks to his stature, Carlisle also provides an attacking threat from set pieces. He is a practising Christian and regularly attends church. He attended Balshaw's CE High School where he attained 10 A-grades at GCSE and studied mathematics and politics at A-level, and in 2002 was awarded the title of "Britain's Brainiest Footballer" in a TV game show. He is an ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign and is Chairman of the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers' Association.
Early life and career
Carlisle was born on 14 October 1979 in Preston, in Lancashire in north-west England. He grew up in the town with his parents, Mervin and Rose. As a teenager, he attended Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland and attained 10 A-grades at GCSE. He went on to study A-level mathematics and politics at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College while he was unable to play football due to an injury.
Carlisle was inspired to become a footballer by his father, Mervin, who played semi-professionally for Morecambe and Southport. Carlisle started playing at a young age and represented Lancashire at under-15 level, before being signed by Blackpool where he became a part of the youth team. In August 1997, Carlisle was offered a professional contract with the club and moved into the first-team squad. On 2 September 1997, he made his debut for Blackpool in the side's 4–3 victory over Wrexham in the Football League Second Division, which was at the time the third tier of English football. He scored his first goal as a professional footballer in the following match, a 2–1 win against Carlisle United at Blackpool's home ground, Bloomfield Road. He was shown the first red card (dismissal from the field of play) of his career in Blackpool's 1–0 victory against Wigan Athletic in the Football League Trophy quarter-final on 27 January 1998. He played a total of 11 league matches in his first season, scoring two goals.
The following season, he played 39 league games as Blackpool achieved a 14th-placed finish in the Second Division. His single league goal of the campaign came in a 3–1 victory over Stoke City at the Victoria Ground. In the 1999–2000 season, he played 43 times in the league and scored four goals as Blackpool finished 22nd and were relegated to the Football League Third Division. He scored on his 93rd and final league appearance for the club in a 1–1 draw with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. Despite the team's relegation, Carlisle's performances during his three years at Blackpool attracted the attention of Iain Dowie, who at the time was a scout for Queens Park Rangers.
Queens Park Rangers
Dowie recommended Carlisle to Queens Park Rangers manager Gerry Francis, who paid a transfer fee of £250,000 to sign him on 25 May 2000. He played his first league game for the side on 12 August 2000 in the 0–0 draw with Birmingham City at Loftus Road. He made a further 26 league appearances in the 2000–01 season and scored three times, earning himself a call-up to the England national under-21 football team. However, his season was cut short on 31 January 2001, when he suffered his first major injury after a tackle by Rufus Brevett during the 0–2 defeat to Fulham. It was found that Carlisle had torn his posterior cruciate ligament, an injury which kept him sidelined for a year and caused doctors to believe that his career might be over. While he was out of action, Queens Park Rangers suffered relegation to the Football League Second Division after finishing 23rd in the league. Upon his return to football, Carlisle was injured again in a reserve match against Bristol City, sparking fears that he had aggravated his previous injury. The damage proved not to be particularly severe, although it delayed his return to training by a further month.
After missing the entire 2001–02 campaign, Carlisle returned to competitive football on 7 September 2002 in Queens Park Rangers' 4–0 victory over Mansfield Town. He scored two goals in 36 league matches in the 2002–03 season, helping the side to a fourth-placed finish and a spot in the Second Division play-offs. The club reached the final of the play-offs, but were defeated 0–1 by Cardiff City at the Millennium Stadium on 25 May 2003. During the following season, Carlisle developed personal problems, including an alcohol addiction, although he continued to play for a number of months. In September 2003, as the team were travelling to Colchester United for a league fixture, he was found drunk by manager Ian Holloway. He subsequently missed one month of the season after being admitted to Sporting Chance, a clinic run by former international England footballer Tony Adams, for 28 days for treatment for alcohol-related problems. He later had counselling for the problem before returning to action in October 2003. Upon his return to the side, Carlisle won the Division Two Player of the Month for November 2003. He scored one goal in 33 league games in 2003–04 as Queens Park Rangers finished as runners-up in the league, achieving promotion to the Football League Championship. Carlisle's contract with Queens Park Rangers ended at the conclusion of the 2003–04 campaign, and he left the club after scoring six goals in a total of 96 league appearances for the side.
In June 2004, Carlisle agreed to join recently-relegated Championship outfit Leeds United on a free transfer. He was offered a new contract by Queens Park Rangers, but he was keen to return to northern England and cut short his summer holiday in Tenerife to sign for the Yorkshire outfit. In doing so, he became manager Kevin Blackwell's second signing of the summer after Danny Pugh. His contract with Leeds United began on 1 July 2004, and he made his debut for the club in the 1–1 draw with Nottingham Forest on 21 August 2004. He scored his first goal for Leeds two games later, netting the first goal in the side's 3–0 victory against Coventry City. He was a regular in the team during the first half of the season, playing in every match from the start of September until the end of November. However, he then experienced another major injury set-back, tearing his ankle ligaments during the 0–1 defeat to Rotherham United on 29 November 2004, an injury which left him out of action for a number of weeks.
When fit again, Carlisle found it difficult to break into the first-team as his place in the centre of defence had been taken by Matthew Kilgallon. His return came on 28 December 2004, when he was brought on as a substitute for Frazer Richardson in the 2–1 win against Plymouth Argyle. He started the next league match, against Coventry City, but was shown a red card late on in the 2–1 victory at Highfield Road. After his return from suspension, he was dropped from the team, making just a handful of substitute appearances in the following two months. Carlisle regained his place in the team towards the end of the season, starting in each of the final four matches of the campaign. He left Leeds United in the summer of 2005, having spent only one season at the club, playing a total of 38 first-team matches and scoring four times for the side as they reached the third round of the Football League Cup and attained a 14th-placed finish in the league. At the end of the 2004–05 campaign it was revealed that two clubs, Watford and Stoke City, were both competing to sign Carlisle. Leeds United accepted bids £100,000 from both clubs but Carlisle chose to sign for Watford, and he agreed a three-year deal with the club on 5 August 2005. The deal taking him to Vicarage Road included a clause in his contract stipulating that he would not be played against Leeds in the following season.
Watford and Luton Town
Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd, who had been a coach at Leeds United during the previous season, was pleased with the signing, stating that Carlisle was "exactly the type of defender I wanted". Carlisle was placed straight into Watford's starting line-up and played his first game for his new club on 6 August 2005, but he could not prevent the side losing 1–2 to Preston North End at Vicarage Road. On 29 August 2005, Carlisle scored his first goal for the club, claiming the winning header in a 2–1 victory over Derby County at Pride Park. Soon after, Carlisle scored two goals in a competitive match for the first time in his career, grabbing both in Watford's 2–1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the second round of the League Cup.
On 4 November 2005, Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle accused Carlisle of stamping on goalkeeper Michael Oakes in the match the previous week-end, and threatened to report him to the Football Association. However, the referee did not show Carlisle a red or yellow card during the match, and no further action was taken against the player. During the 2005–06 campaign, Carlisle made 32 league appearances and scored three goals, playing as part of a rotation system with fellow central defenders Malky Mackay and Jay Demerit. He formed part of a defence which helped Watford to achieve a place in the play-offs after finishing third in the Championship. However, towards the end of the season he suffered yet another injury, being forced off the pitch in Watford's penultimate league match away at Queens Park Rangers. The thigh problem caused him to be unavailable for the play-offs as Watford defeated Leeds United 3–0 at the Millennium Stadium to win promotion to the Premier League.
The injury forced Carlisle to miss the first eight months of the 2006–07 Premier League season, and he eventually returned to full training in February 2007. He played in two reserve team matches for Watford in order to regain some fitness, hoping to break into the first team and make his Premier League debut. On 2 March 2007, Carlisle joined local rivals Luton Town on a one month emergency loan deal in an attempt to return to full match fitness. He made his debut for Luton the following day in the 3–2 away defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, coming on as a substitute for Matthew Spring, who had himself joined the club from Watford earlier in the season after failing to break into the first team. Carlisle went on to play five games for Luton Town. He made his final appearance on 31 March 2007, in a 0–0 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor, before returning to Watford on 2 April 2007. He finally played his first Premier League match on 9 April 2007, starting in the 4–2 victory over Portsmouth. He was selected to play in the team's following match, an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, but despite being awarded man-of-the-match for his performance, Watford were defeated 1–4 at Villa Park. Carlisle went on to play in Watford's following three league games of the season as their relegation back to the Championship was confirmed after a 1–1 draw with Manchester City at Vicarage Road.
On 16 August 2007, Steve Cotterill, manager of fellow Football League Championship club Burnley, made an offer of £200,000 for Carlisle, who signed a three-year contract at Turf Moor the same day. Helped along by the club captain Steven Caldwell, Carlisle settled in well at Burnley. Two days after signing, he made his debut for his new club in the 0–2 defeat away to Scunthorpe United. Carlisle scored his first league goal for Burnley on 22 September 2007, netting a late equaliser in the 2–2 draw with Bristol City at Ashton Gate. On 28 September 2007, the day before a Championship match, he was involved in a serious car crash after spinning and crashing into a ditch causing his car to be written off. Steve Cotterill praised Carlisle's character for playing the next day in the 1–1 draw with Crystal Palace. He and Caldwell formed a solid defensive partnership and played most matches of the season together. Carlisle was named in the official Team of the Week for his performance in Burnley's 3–1 away win at Charlton Athletic. His partnership with Caldwell was broken towards the end of the campaign as Carlisle was given suspensions after being sent off twice in his last four games of the season, first in the 1–2 loss to Preston North End and then in the last match of the season, a 0–5 defeat at Crystal Palace. Carlisle ended the 2007–08 season with two goals in 33 league appearances.
The 2008–09 campaign was Burnley's first full season with Owen Coyle as manager. Carlisle managed to keep his place in the side under the new regime and was a regular fixture in the team for the first six months of the season. However, he was dropped from the side for the match against Charlton Athletic on 31 January 2009 due to a lack of form. He remained out of the team for the whole of February 2009. He made his return to action on 3 March 2009, starting in the centre of defence in the 1–0 win over his old team, Blackpool, at Bloomfield Road. On his next league appearance he scored Burnley's first goal in a 4–2 victory against Crystal Palace at Turf Moor. He went on to score three further goals in the last two months of the season, getting his name on the scoresheet against Nottingham Forest, Southampton and his former team, Queens Park Rangers. His goals helped Burnley to a fifth-placed finish in the Championship, and a place in the play-offs. He played in both legs of the semi-final against Reading as the side won 3–0 on aggregate to secure a place in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Carlisle was handed the man of the match award for his performance as Burnley triumphed 1–0 against Sheffield United to earn promotion to the Premier League for the 2009–10 season.
Prior to the start of the campaign, Carlisle stated his belief that Burnley could avoid relegation back to the Championship. He was selected in the team to play Burnley's first top-flight match in 33 years on 15 August 2009, when the side were defeated 0–2 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. He also played in the following match as Burnley recorded their first ever Premier League victory, a 1–0 win over reigning champions Manchester United at Turf Moor. During the early part of the season, he formed a defensive pairing with new signing André Bikey. He was reunited with Caldwell in the centre of defence for the 2–1 victory over Birmingham City on 3 October 2009. In the away loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 20 December 2009, Carlisle suffered a groin injury which kept him sidelined over the Christmas period. After over a month out of the Burnley side with the injury, he made his first start under new manager Brian Laws in the 0–1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on 26 January 2010. Although the team was relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season, Carlisle was one of several players offered a new contract, and he signed a two-year extension in May 2010. In the first away match of the 2010–11 season, he scored an injury-time equaliser against Ipswich Town; the goal was Burnley's first from a corner kick for 15 months. After serving a three-match suspension in October 2010 following a red card in the 1–1 draw away at Millwall, Carlisle returned to the side for the League Cup tie against Aston Villa and scored a late goal to take the match to extra time. He made a total of 41 first-team appearances during the campaign but was not deemed a first-choice player by new manager Eddie Howe, and in July 2011 he joined his hometown club Preston North End on loan for the duration of the 2011–12 season.
While playing for Queens Park Rangers, Carlisle was selected to play for the England national under-21 football team on three occasions. He was called up to the squad by Howard Wilkinson, and made his debut for his country on 31 August 2000, coming on as a substitute in England's 6–1 friendly victory over Georgia at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough. His second appearance for England, also from the substitutes' bench, came in a 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifying match on 6 October 2000 in the 1–1 draw with Germany at Pride Park. He played his third and final game for England four days later, again coming on as a substitute in the 2–2 draw with Finland at the Tehtaan kenttä stadium in Valkeakoski. Despite playing well in the second half of the match, he was not selected for the under-21 team again.
Style of play
Carlisle's predominant playing position is as a central defender. He has stated that as a youngster, he modelled his style of play on defenders such as Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister. However, he says that their style was too "ruthless" for modern football, and he now attempts to read the opponents' attacking plays. He is not known for his pace, and this has caused him some disciplinary problems as he has received eight red cards during his career. Former Leeds United team-mate Michael Duberry described Carlisle as a "strong" defender. Carlisle is recognised as being a highly intelligent footballer, and is often seen as an imposing figure in the centre of the defence thanks to his 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) stature. He also looks to use his size to cause an attacking threat from set pieces such as free kicks and corners, and as of July 2011 has scored 27 league goals in his career. Carlisle has been described as a "defensive lynchpin".
Charitable and media work
Carlisle is an ambassador for the Kick It Out scheme, which campaigns for inclusion and equality in football. He is also currently on the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), which works improve and protect the rights and status of professional football players. Carlisle obtained a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting at Staffordshire University. On 17 November 2010, it was announced that Carlisle would succeed Chris Powell as the chairman of the PFA. As part of his work with the PFA, he collects the views of his fellow professionals and reports back to the committee. He also visits local schools to give talks to the students. After his career in football is over, Carlisle has considered taking up teaching work.
In October 2009, Carlisle made his first appearance on the BBC television football programme Match of the Day 2. He has since appeared as a pundit for Sky Sports during numerous televised football matches.
From an early age, Carlisle was encouraged to follow Christianity by his parents. He adopted those beliefs, and became a regular churchgoer during his time at Watford. Carlisle is married to Gemma, whom he met just prior to his admission to the Sporting Chance clinic. As of 2009, the couple live in Ripponden with their son, Marley, who was born in 2007, and daughter Honey, born 2010. Carlisle also has a daughter named Francesca, born in January 1999, from a previous relationship.
On 30 January 2002, Carlisle was awarded the accolade of "Britain's Brainiest Footballer" in a television quiz. Carlisle appeared as a contestant on the Channel 4 game show Countdown on 24 February 2010, winning his first match against the defending champion to stay on the show for the following programme. Carlisle then won his second contest, achieving a larger score than the previous day to stay on for another match. In his third match on 26 February 2010, he was defeated by three points.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Blackpool 1997–98 11 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 2 1998–99 39 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 43 1 1999–2000 43 4 3 1 2 0 3 0 51 5 Total 93 7 3 1 5 0 5 0 106 8 Queens Park Rangers 2000–01 27 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 32 3 2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2002–03 36 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 41 2 2003–04 33 1 1 0 2 0 3 0 39 1 Total 96 6 6 0 5 0 5 0 112 6 Leeds United 2004–05 35 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 38 4 Watford 2005–06 32 3 1 0 2 2 0 0 35 4 2006–07 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 Total 36 3 2 0 2 2 0 0 40 3 → Luton Town (loan) 2006–07 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 Burnley 2007–08 33 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 35 2 2008–09 36 4 4 0 5 0 3 0 48 4 2009–10 27 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 28 0 2010–11 35 1 3 1 3 1 0 0 41 3 Total 131 7 7 1 11 1 3 0 152 9 → Preston North End (loan) 2011–12 14 2 1 0 3 0 2 0 20 2 Career totals 413 29 19 2 29 3 14 0 475 34 International performance National team Season Apps Goals Yellow cards Red cards England Under-21 2000–01 3 0 0 0
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- ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
- ^ Appearances
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