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Robert Clare (born 28 February 1983 in Belper, Derbyshire) is an English former professional football player.

Rob Clare
Personal information
Full name Robert David Clare
Date of birth (1983-02-28) 28 February 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Belper, England
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Club information
Current team
Stockport County (commercial manager)
Youth career
Derby County
Stockport County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Stockport County 117 (3)
2004–2005 Blackpool 23 (0)
2005–2008 Stockport County 64 (2)
Total 204 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:33, 8 March 2008 (UTC)


Playing careerEdit

He began his career at Stockport County, where he had progressed through the Centre of Excellence youth system, making his debut as a substitute in a 4-1 defeat at Fulham. He spent one season at Blackpool, before re-joining Stockport.

In August 2004, Clare received a call-up to the England Under-21 squad for their friendly against Ukraine.[1] He was an unused substitute. He has played for and captained the England under 19 team.

During the 2006-07 season, Clare was part of the Stockport County side that set a record for winning nine games in a row without conceding. He was notable for playing every minute of that nine-game run.

After footballEdit

In June 2008, Clare was released from his contract with Stockport County after an injury-plagued year.[2] Injury forced Clare to retire prematurely at the age of 25. He is now pursuing referee and coaching qualifications.


  1. ^ "Ferdinand gets call-up". BBC Sport. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Promoted Stockport release nine". BBC Sport. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.

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