Bobby Clark (footballer)
Robert Brown Clark (born 26 September 1945 in Glasgow) is a Scottish football player and coach. Clark, who played as a goalkeeper, spent most of his playing career with Aberdeen. He also played for Queen's Park, Washington Whips, San Antonio Thunder and Clyde. Clark played 17 times for Scotland and represented the Scottish League. He later became a coach, mainly working in New Zealand and the United States.
Bobby Clark dives to save a shot in an international football match between Scotland and Netherlands, 30 May 1968.
|Full name||Robert Brown Clark|
|Date of birth||26 September 1945|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|1967||→ Washington Whips (loan)||12||(0)|
|1976||→ San Antonio Thunder (loan)||19||(0)|
|1971||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|2001–2017||University of Notre Dame|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Clark started his senior career with Queen's Park F.C. and also played for Aberdeen F.C., with whom he won the 1970 Scottish Cup, the 1977 League Cup and the 1980 Premier League Championship. During his time with the Dons, Clark played some games as a defender, including against Rangers at Ibrox Park, after losing his place in goal to Ernie McGarr. With 594 competitive appearances for Aberdeen between 1965 and 1980, he is ranked third in the club's all-time list.
Clark graduated from Jordanhill College in Glasgow, Scotland in 1967 with a degree in Physical Education. He was named first team all-star goalkeeper in the 1967 United Soccer Association playing for the Washington Whips and making the USA All Star Team. He also spent the summer of 1976, on loan, in the NASL, playing for the San Antonio Thunder.
A fan of Scottish First Division side Clyde, Clark came out of retirement in 1983 to help Clyde when they had a goalkeeping injury crisis. His father, Tom, was once the chairman of Clyde. In autumn 1984 he once more came out of retirement to keep goal for Forres Mechanics in a 1–0 victory over Buckie Thistle in the Highland League Cup Final held at Elgin.
Clark set the British top-flight record for not conceding a goal in consecutive, all-competition matches (at 1,155 minutes) in the 1970–71 season, until Edwin van der Sar set a new mark on 8 February 2009. He also briefly held the world record, until Bulgarian goalkeeper Stoyan Yordanov set a new record of 1202 minutes in May 1971. Fraser Forster broke the Scottish league record in 2014 and was congratulated by Clark after the match in which it was surpassed. He still holds the Aberdeen club record, although this was threatened by the form of Scott Brown in early 2015.
Clark coached Highlanders F.C., Bulawayo (1983–84), Dartmouth College (1985–93), the New Zealand national football team (1994–96), Stanford University (1996–2000) and the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team (2001–2017). He now assistant coaches for the CMS women’s soccer team and declared the Athena’s the most talented and interesting group he has ever coached.
In November 2018, Clark was one of four inductees into the Aberdeen Hall of Fame.
His son Jamie has played in Major League Soccer and is currently the head coach of the Washington Huskies men's soccer team. His son Tommy, a paediatrician, is the founder and executive director of the HIV prevention organisation Grassroot Soccer. His daughter, Jennifer Clark, is also a soccer coach and is currently the Head Women's Coach at Claremont-McKenna in California.
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