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Mark Clyde

After an astonishing debut performance against Wales in 2004 Mark Clyde's Northern Ireland career was blighted by injury...

Name: Mark Graham Clyde
Born: 27 December 1982, Limavady
Height: 6.01 ft
Weight: 12.00 st
Position: Defender

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 3 Full Caps (2004-2005), 5 Under-21 Caps (2002-2003), Under-19, Under-16.

Club Career:
Teams.................. --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- -League- FA Cup FL Cup
Wolverhampton Wanderers 00/01-06/07 Aug-00 Youth 41(6)/ 0 4(1)/0 2(0)/0
Kidderminster Harriers. 02/03 ..... Sep-02 .Loan .4(0)/ 0
Worcester City ........ 09/10-10/11 Jul-09 .Free (Conference South)
Totals ......................................... 45(6)/ 0 4(1)/0 2(0)/0

An accomplished and highly versatile defender, Mark Clyde was given only a few opportunities to shine on the international stage. A graduate of Wolves' youth academy, he made his senior debut while on a month long loan at Third Division Kidderminster Harriers in a 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe on 14 September 2002. On his return to Molineux he immediately established himself at Wolves as centre-back, playing 18 league and cup games from his debut in a 2-0 win over Stoke on 19 October until he was ruled out by a knee injury the following March. In his absence Wolves gained promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Injuries limited Clyde to just nine Premiership appearances through the 2003/04 season as Wolves suffered an immediate relegation. He did earn a new four year contract in the summer of 2004 and in September he was awarded his international debut, making a real impact as right wing-back in Northern Ireland's 2-2 draw with Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Clyde, who also played for Northern Ireland at youth and under-21 level, had first been called up by Lawrie Sanchez that March, though injury ruled him out of the trip to Estonia. In all he was destined to win just three full caps, all in different positions. A month after his debut he played at left-back against Azerbaijan and in the IFA's 125th Anniversary Match against Germany he played in the centre of defence.

Injuries continued to plague Clyde as he missed much of the 2004/05 campaign with more knee problems and the entire of the following season with an ankle injury. He began the 2006/07 in the Wolves side before he was once again sidelined. On 9th February 2007, at the age of just 24, he announced his retirement from playing with immediate effect due to persistent injury problems including reactive arthritis for which he had been taking medication. With his football career over he took an opportunity to enter the landscape gardening business.

In July 2009 it was announced that Clyde had returned to playing, signing with Blues Square South side, Worcester City. His appearances were sporadic due to the continued affects of his arthritis and in June 2011 he was appointed manager at Midland Alliance side, Bridgnorth Town.

Unofficial Kidderminster Website
Official Irish FA Website

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
08-09-2004 Wales..... A D 2-2 WCQ
09-10-2004 Azerbaijan A D 0-0 WCQ
04-06-2005 Germany... H L 1-4 FR

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 2, Lost 1.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
15-02-2002 Germany... H L 0-1 FR
06-09-2002 Scotland.. A D 1-1 FR
11-10-2002 Spain..... A L 0-1 ECQ
15-10-2002 Ukraine... H D 1-1 ECQ
11-02-2003 Finland... H W 3-1 FR

Summary: 5/0. Won 1, Drew 2, Lost 2.

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