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Ryan Clarke
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 23 (0)
Date of birth: 30 April 1982
Place of birth: Bristol
Height: 6 ft 3 in
Position: Goalkeeper
Date joined: 1 August 2000
Joined from: Youth team
Date left: 30 June 2006
1 League appearances and goals only.

Ryan Clarke is a goalkeeper who spent six years with Rovers, but made just twenty-three league appearances in that time. He was a product of the Rovers youth system, and was the backup 'keeper for the whole of his time with the club. His only extended run in the first team came during the 2004-05 season, when first choice goalie Kevin Miller spent a long spell out injured. Other than this he was limited to very occasional one-off appearances.

He was sent out on loan three times by Rovers, to Southend United, Kidderminster Harriers and Forest Green Rovers. The longest of these spells was at Forest Green, where he spent the whole of the 2005-06 season. He was released by the club in the summer of 2006, whereupon he joined Salisbury City.

Ryan was a Rovers fan as a child, and his dad was an electrician at both Eastville and Twerton Park.

Career[]

Ryan has only had two senior clubs in his career; Bristol Rovers and Salisbury City, and has been loaned out three times by Rovers and once by Salisbury. After joining Salisbury he became the first choice between the sticks, but was displaced in the summer of 2008 after suffering a broken metatarsal whilst on holiday. Following this he was sent out on loan to Northwich Victoria, where he played 23 league games before returning to Salisbury.

After three years at Salisbury, Ryan signed for Oxford United in the summer of 2009 and managed to win promotion from the Conference to League Two at his first attempt, beating York City 3–1 in the playoff final. Midway through his second season with Oxford he signed a three-year extension to his contract, running through until the end of the 2013–14 season.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2000–01 Bristol Rovers 0 0
2001–02 Bristol Rovers 1 0
2002–03 Bristol Rovers 2 0
2003–04 Bristol Rovers 2 0
2004–05 Bristol Rovers 18 0
2004–05 Southend United (loan) 1 0
2004–05 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 6 0
2005–06 Bristol Rovers 0 0
2005–06 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 42 0
2006–07 Salisbury City ? ?
2007–08 Salisbury City ? ?
2008–09 Salisbury City ? ?
2008–09 Northwich Victoria (loan) 23 0
2009–10 Oxford United 43 0
2010–11 Oxford United 46 0
2011–12 Oxford United 42 0

Record against Rovers[]

Ryan has played against Bristol Rovers four times in his career, and has yet to be on the losing side. His first match against the club where he began his career came four years after leaving, in August 2010, and the next two both came in League Two the following season.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
10 August 2010 Oxford United Kassam Stadium 6–1 to Oxford League Cup first round match
8 October 2011 Oxford United Kassam Stadium 3–0 to Oxford
18 February 2012 Oxford United Memorial Stadium 0–0
18 August 2012 Oxford United Memorial Stadium 2–0 to Oxford
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