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7David Clarkson
Full name David Clarkson
Nationality Sco Scotland
Caps (goals) 2 (1)
Rovers apps (goals)a 34 (8)
Position Forward
Date of birth 10 September 1985
in Bellshill
Height 5 ft 10 in
30 July 2012 from Bristol City

Senior clubs
Bristol City
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 career[]

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 stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2002–03 Motherwell 19 3
2003–04 Motherwell 38 12
2004–05 Motherwell 35 3
2005–06 Motherwell 30 4
2006–07 Motherwell 29 2
2007–08 Motherwell 35 12
2008–09 Motherwell 33 13
2009–10 Bristol City 26 4
2010–11 Bristol City 33 7
2011–12 Bristol City 4 0
2011–12 Brentford (loan) 4 1
2012–13 Bristol Rovers 26 6

Record against Rovers[]

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

International career[]

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 appearances[]

N.B. Scotland's score is always given first. (Source: Scottish Football Association)
Date Opposition Result Venue Competition
30 May 2008 Cze Czech Republic 1–3 Letenský stadion, Prague Friendly
19 November 2008 Arg Argentina 0–1 Hampden Park, Glasgow Friendly