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7David Clarkson
Full nameDavid Clarkson
NationalitySco Scotland
Caps (goals)2 (1)
Rovers apps (goals)a34 (8)
PositionForward
Date of birth10 September 1985
in Bellshill
Height5 ft 10 in
Joined
30 July 2012 from Bristol City


Senior clubs
Motherwell
Bristol City
Brentford
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 4/10/2013

David Clarkson is a forward who joined Rovers in the summer of 2012 after having been released by local rivals Bristol City at the end of the previous season.

Although primarily a striker, manager Mark McGhee was forced to play him regularly in midfield during the early part of the 2012–13 season due to an injury crisis at the club, the peak of which saw eleven squad members unavailable for selection. Clarkson himself became part of that extensive injury list at the end of February 2013 however, when he had surgery on an ankle, sidelining him for the remainder of the campaign.

He was capped twice by the Scottish national side in 2008, and also represented the nation at under-21 and 'B' levels.

Club careerEdit

David started his career playing for his local side, Motherwell, in 2002. During his seven-year stint with Well he scored 49 times in 219 league games and played under his future boss at Rovers Mark McGhee.

While at Motherwell he played alongside his uncle, Phil O'Donnell. Tragedy struck in December 2007 though when O'Donnell died after suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing on the pitch during a match against Dundee United.

In summer 2009 he moved south to join English side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to have been in the region of £800,000, signing a three-year contract. His stay at Ashton Gate saw him score eleven times in 63 league appearances before released at the end of the deal. Before leaving City he had a month-long loan at Brentford, where he played four times and scored once.

Following a trial period in the summer of 2012, Clarkson was reunited with McGhee when he agreed terms on a two-year deal with Rovers.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2002–03Motherwell 193
2003–04Motherwell 3812
2004–05Motherwell 353
2005–06Motherwell 304
2006–07Motherwell 292
2007–08Motherwell 3512
2008–09Motherwell 3313
2009–10Bristol City 264
2010–11Bristol City 337
2011–12Bristol City 40
2011–12Brentford (loan)41
2012–13Bristol Rovers 266


Record against RoversEdit

David has never played a competitive first team match against Bristol Rovers.

International careerEdit

David had a brief international career, winning two caps with Scotland in 2008. His first appearance came as a 71st-minute substitute against the Czech Republic, where he scored Scotland's only goal in a 3–1 defeat.

He had to wait another six months for his second and final cap, when he was again used as a substitute, this time against Argentina.

International appearancesEdit

N.B. Scotland's score is always given first. (Source: Scottish Football Association)
DateOppositionResultVenueCompetition
30 May 2008Cze Czech Republic1–3Letenský stadion, PragueFriendly
19 November 2008Arg Argentina0–1Hampden Park, GlasgowFriendly


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