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24Ollie Clarke
Full nameOliver Anthony Clarke
NationalityEng England
Rovers apps (goals)a6 (0)
PositionMidfielder
Date of birth29 June 1992
in Bristol
Height
Joined
1 July 2009 from youth team


Senior clubs
Bristol Rovers
Gloucester City
Mangotsfield United
Clevedon Town
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 31/07/2013

Ollie Clarke is a central midfielder who graduated through the Rovers youth system, joining the professional ranks in 2009 alongside fellow youth players Eliot Richards, Dan Cayford, Mark Cooper, Neikell Plummer, George Booth, Steve Kingdon and Jack McKenna.

He was named as an unused substitute four times during the 2009–10 season and despite not making it onto the pitch in any of those matches impressed enough in training and reserve games to be given a second season with the senior team. After loan spells with Gloucester City and Mangotsfield United he was twice more an unused substitute, before finally making his debut as an 88th-minute substitute for Harry Pell in the final game of the 2010–11 season, a 2–1 defeat to Colchester United.

Having finally broken through into the first team he suffered a huge setback when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury on the first day of pre-season training, forcing him to spend almost the entire season in the physio's room. He finally regained full fitness in March 2012, when he was sent out on loan to Clevedon Town in order to get some games under his belt.

His second appearance in the Rovers first team came almost a year and a half after making his debut, when he replaced Eliot Richards in the 71st minute of a 3–1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon in October 2012.

CareerEdit

Ollie's first taste of senior football came early in the 2010–11 season when he was loaned out to Conference North side Gloucester City. He was brought in by The Tigers because they were going through an injury crisis, resulting in the team desperately needing players to fill the gaps in the squad left by injury. He started all four games that Gloucester played during the month he spent there, three of which were in the Conference North and one in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

On Christmas eve 2010 he went out on loan for a second time, this time to Mangotsfield United in Division One South & West of the Southern League. He stayed at Cossham Street for three months, and while there he scored his first goal in senior football–ten minutes into a remarkable 3–3 draw with North Leigh on 16 January. He scored Mangotsfield's third in a game that saw six goals in the first eleven minutes of play. He went on to score twice more, once in each of the final two games of his 15-game spell.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2009–10Bristol Rovers 00
2010–11Bristol Rovers 10
2010–11Gloucester City (loan)30
2010–11Mangotsfield United (loan)153
2011–12Bristol Rovers 00
2011–12Clevedon Town (loan)50
2012–13Bristol Rovers 50

Record against RoversEdit

As Bristol Rovers are Ollie's only senior club, with the exception of loans, he has not yet played against them at first team level.

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