Player profile

Bob Clark

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 profile

John 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."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals39300042
1927-1928 200002
1928-1929 32300035
1929-1930 400004
1930-1931 100001

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Portsmouth
4Bolton Wanderers
3Huddersfield Town
3Arsenal
2Birmingham City
2Sheffield Wednesday
2Sunderland
2Cardiff City
2Derby
2Burnley
2Manchester City
2Blackburn Rovers
2West Ham United
2Everton
1Leicester City
1Bristol City
1Middlesbrough
1Aston Villa
1Manchester United
1Leeds United
1Newcastle United
1Bury
TotalCompetition
39League
3FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals11000011
1927-1928 000000
1928-1929 900009
1929-1930 100001
1930-1931 100001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
11League
TotalOpen play/Penalty
11Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
104.02.1928West Ham UnitedAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
18503.11.1928Birmingham CityAnfieldLeague

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Related Quotes

"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.

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1927-1928 * Striker
1928-1929 * Striker
1929-1930 * Striker
1930-1931 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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