John Clark Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1993-94 17 (2) 3 4 0 26.3% 47.4% 26.3%
1992-93 39 (2) 2 6 0 41.5% 19.5% 39.0%
1991-92 36 (3) 2 3 0 46.2% 28.2% 25.6%
1990-91 24 (1) 4 0 1 48.0% 16.0% 36.0%
1989-90 27 (11) 4 0 0 36.8% 31.6% 31.6%
1988-89 26 (4) 2 5 0 40.0% 36.7% 23.3%
1987-88 22 (17) 5 4 0 33.3% 38.5% 28.2%
1986-87 41 (6) 7 6 0 51.1% 29.8% 19.1%
1985-86 6 (7) 1 0 0 30.8% 15.4% 53.8%
1984-85 9 (6) 6 2 0 60.0% 13.3% 26.7%
1983-84 4 (16) 1 0 0 40.0% 35.0% 25.0%
1982-83 1 (2) 0 0 0 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
1981-82 - - - - - - -
Totals: 252 (77) 37


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 09/11/93 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 2 - 2
 06/11/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1
 30/10/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 0
 23/10/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 2
 16/10/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H) 2 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
 28/09/93 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Brøndby (H) 3 - 1
 31/08/93 Quarter Final vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 3
 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1
 21/11/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 1
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 28/09/93 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Brøndby (H)  3 - 1
 31/08/93 Quarter Final vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 3
 31/08/93 Quarter Final vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 3
 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 21/11/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 1
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 06/04/91 Semi Final vs. St Johnstone (N)  2 - 1
 16/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 1
 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 3
 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 27/09/89 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 0
 27/08/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 13/08/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 16/04/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 4
 28/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 3
 04/11/87 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vitkovice (A)  1 - 1
 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 1
 30/09/87 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Coleraine (H)  3 - 1
 20/05/87 Final 2nd Leg vs. IFK (H)  1 - 1
 28/04/87 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H)  2 - 1
 18/04/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 18/03/87 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (A)  2 - 1
 26/11/86 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Hajduk Split (H)  2 - 0
 19/11/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H)  3 - 0
 22/10/86 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Univ Craiova (H)  3 - 0
 31/08/85 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 04/05/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 26/09/84 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 1
 26/09/84 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 1
 08/09/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 4
 08/09/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 4
 05/09/84 4th Round vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 1
 21/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 1

 List of Games Played
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Biography

John was an S signing from Musselburgh Windsor in March 1981, and by September that year he had signed professionally and was playing in the forward line with the United reserves. He made a scoring debut in a testimonial match for Fraser Kellas against Elgin City in May 1982, coming on as a substitute. John made his competitive debut as a substitute in later that year, in a UEFA Cup tie against Viking Stavanger in November.

In early 1983 he was part of the Scotland youth squad. Still an attacking player, he gradually broke into the first eleven by 1983-84, an able stand-in for Paul Sturrock, Davie Dodds and John Reilly, making three substitute appearances during United’s European Cup run, including a semi-final appearance against Roma. He collected a runners-up medal in the League Cup final against Rangers the following season, and having began his career as an attacking player, he was converted to a defensive role by manager Jim McLean – a move which saw a dramatic upturn in his United career.

John played an important part in United’s run to the UEFA Cup final in May 1987. Having already scored in earlier rounds against Universitatea Craiova and Hadjuk Split, he hammered home a late header against Barcelona at the Camp Nou to send United through to the semi-finals in one of the clubs most famous victories. He also netted United's goal in the second leg of the final against Gothenburg with a fantastic strike from the edge of the box at Tannadice, but unfortunately collected a runners-up medal. He was also on the losing side in the Scottish Cup final in the same season against St Mirren and against Celtic a year later.

A big favourite with the fans, he continued to play regularly and was linked with a £1m transfer to Spurs in January 1990. In August 1990 he quit Tannadice to work in his family business in West Lothian, but within a month he was back at United. In 1991, he lost out on a Scottish Cup medal for the third time, in the final against Motherwell. He had two more seasons with United and appeared to be bound for Middlesbrough in January 1994, but a month later moved to Stoke City for around £200,000.

In August 1994 he was granted a testimonial match by United against his new club. He was with the English side for just a few months before joining Falkirk in September 1994. After two years with them he moved to Dunfermline Athletic. In December 1996 he played trials at Ross County, and in August 1997 he moved to Berwick Rangers where he concluded his senior career at the end of the 1998-99 season. He later had spells as manager at Gala Fairydean and Whitehill Welfare.

John was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2010.

Debut (as sub)

November 3rd, 1982
Dundee United 0 - 0 Viking Stavenger

UEFA Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

Full Debut

January 22nd, 1983
Dundee United 3 - 2 St Mirren

League (Premier Division)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    John was born on this date in Edinburgh.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    John was an S signing from Musselburgh Windsor in March 1981, and by September that year he had signed professionally and was playing in the forward line with the United reserves. He made a scoring debut in a testimonial match for Fraser Kellas against Elgin City in May 1982, coming on as a substitute. John made his competitive debut as a substitute in later that year, in a UEFA Cup tie against Viking Stavanger in November.

  • Having done the hard work two weeks ago in Norway, United had to make sure that they did not let Stavanger back into this tie. Although he had promised a few surprises in the line-up, Jim McLean more or less stuck to the same team from the weekends win over Dundee, except with John Reilly in place of Alex Taylor. The young midfielder, along with John Gardiner, Maurice Malpas, Derek Murray and John Clark, made up an extremely youthful substitutes bench, with the Terrors still missing the injured duo of Paul Sturrock and Eamonn Bannon.

  • United's final match prior to the return leg with Roma turned out to be a torrid Derby encounter. Dundee escaped with a point after United failed to capitalise on their dominance, which was particularly in evidence in the first half.

  • Faced with the prospect of trying to retrieve a two goal deficit, United suffered a blow when Andy McLaren was ruled out because of flu and John Clark was drafted in up front. The experience of Dave Bowman and Dave Narey was a welcome boost to our chances. On the evidence of the opening few minutes, you'd have thought it was the Danes and not United who were two goals in arrears! Alan Main had to pull off a superb save at full stretch to keep out a Kristensen free-kick and Strudel was twice only inches away from getting on the end of two very dangerous crosses. All his with only seven minutes on the clock! Gradually, United fought their way into the game, but a series of corners was as much as we could muster. There were grounds for guarded optimism on the half time whistle as Rieper just managed to cut out a ball intended for John Clark.

  • Two nothing up and cruising at half time, only what Manager Ivan Golac described as amateurish defending prevented us claiming both points from a match which was there for the taking. Apart from Andy McLaren hitting the side netting in the seventh minute, Raith enjoyed the bulk of the early play, but despite winning a string of corners failed to force a save from Alan Main.