Monday, 22 November 2010
196 Tim Clarke
Position : Goalkeeper
Played : 1992-93 (on loan from Huddersfield)
Appearances : 2
Goals : 0
Tim , a 6' 3 giant , was brought in on loan from Huddersfield in February 93 to cover an injury to Kevin Rose. From Town's point of view it was a penance , an horrendous howler at home to Chester in December having proved one error too many for manager Eoin Hand. Tim began his career at Halesowen before Coventry paid £25,000 for him in 1990. He didn't make a League appearance for them and went to Huddersfield for £15,000 9 months later. He was first choice keeper up to the Chester game but had acquired the nickname "Coco" for his mistakes.
Tim didn't do anything wrong for us, conceding just one goal in his two games from which we collected four points. Given the traumas we were to suffer with on loan keepers in the future this was under-appreciated at the time.
Hand was sacked almost as soon as Tim returned to Leeds Road and he finished the season back in the first team. However he was freed in May and signed for Shrewsbury, making 31 appearances for them over 3 seasons. He signed for York in September 1996 but finished the season on loan to Scunthorpe for whom he signed permanently in the summer. Tim played 73 games for the Irons before going on loan to Kidderminster in 1999. He was part of their Conference-winning side in 2000 and their regular keeper in their first League season before returning to Halesowen in 2001. He later played for Evesham Town and Bromsgrove Rovers before taking up a coaching position at Wivenhall Town.