Birthdate: 6 February 1903
Birthplace: Newburn, England
Date of death: 1977
Other clubs: Spencer's Welfare (1919-20), Hawthorn Leslie (1920-21), Newburn Grange (1921-22), Prudhoe Castle (1922-23), Newcastle United (1923-28), Nottingham Forest (1931-32), North Shields
Bought from: Newcastle United
Signed for LFC: £3,000, January 1928
Liverpool debut: 04.02.1928
Last appearance: 28.03.1931
Debut goal: 03.11.1928
Last goal: 28.03.1931
Contract expiry: 03.07.1931
Win ratio: 40.48% W:17 D:10 L:15
Games/goals ratio: 3.82
LFC league games/goals: 39 / 11
Total LFC games/goals: 42 / 11
Player profileJohn Robert or simply "Bob" Clark, who could feature anywhere up front and was "built like an elephant" weighing over 14 stone, won the League Championship with Newcastle in 1927, a perfect partner for Hughie Gallacher. He played 77 League games and scored 16 goals in five years until he moved to Liverpool in the middle of the 1927/28 season. He was introduced into the Liverpool side when he played in two defeats against West Ham and Portsmouth early February 1928. He played in 32 consecutive League matches the next season, scoring nine goals. Although Clark started the 1929/30 season in the first team and played in the opening three League fixtures, he lost his place and was only called on once more in his last season at the club, on 28 March 1931, although he did sign off with a goal when Liverpool defeated Portsmouth 3-1.
Clark did have his moments in a Liverpool shirt as evident in this report in the Liverpool Echo on Liverpool's 8-0 victory over Burnley on Boxing Day 1928. "That’s Clarky, he would dribble round his own side, the referee and anyone else between him and goal. Dribbling is a joy to watch when Clark is in this mood. Although the crowd at times do not echo my enthusiasm when he goes backward to go around the same player twice or even thrice."
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"Clark is one of the few footballers who really enjoys his football. He loves to have a lot of the ball, to walk this way and that way, striding and stroking the ball at will. He loves to make a tackle with one foot and, having missed the ball, he completes the boyish trick of putting his other foot out behind foot number one.
But he is seen at his best, when he is bringing a ball down by a trapping movement. Yesterday against Burnley he got his first goal, through charging Lindsay out of the way and dribbling round one of his own players. That’s Clarky, he would dribble round his own side, the referee and anyone else between him and goal. Dribbling is a joy to watch when Clark is in this mood. Although the crowd at times do not echo my enthusiasm when he goes backward to go around the same player twice or even thrice. He has instilled a working spirit into the forward line, and there was a Newcastle stamp on the Anfield slopes yesterday."
Bob Clark's skills described after a sensational performance on 26.12.1928 vs Burnley where he scored two goals in an 8-0 victory.