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Billy Clarke
Personal information
Full name William Charles Clarke
Date of birth 13 December 1987 (1987-12-13) (age 22)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Blackpool
Number 7
Youth career
Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Ipswich Town 49 (3)
2006 Colchester United (loan) 6 (0)
2008 Falkirk (loan) 8 (1)
2008 Darlington (loan) 20 (8)
2009 Northampton Town (loan) 5 (3)
2009 Brentford (loan) 8 (6)
2009– Blackpool 13 (1)
National team
200? Republic of Ireland U16
200? Republic of Ireland U17
200? Republic of Ireland U18
200? Republic of Ireland U19
2007– Republic of Ireland U21 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:50, 5 December 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 August 2008 (UTC)

William Charles "Billy" Clarke (born 13 December 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays in England for Blackpool. He is a striker and has played for Ireland at various levels up to under-21.

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Club career

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Ipswich Town

Born in Cork, Clarke is a product of the Ipswich Town Academy and signed professional for the club in May 2005. He made his professional début as a substitute against Cardiff City in late November 2005. He won the Irish Examiner Junior Sports Star of the year award for Soccer in 2005 and was nominated for the Irish Under-19 Player of the Year award in 2006. He also made a big contribution to Ipswich's youth team in winning the FA Youth Cup in 2005.

At the end of the 2005-06 season he was sent on loan to Colchester United to gain first team experience, playing six league games. During the January 2008 transfer window, he joined Scottish side Falkirk on loan. He scored his first goal, a late winner, in a crucial match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

After returning to Ipswich Clarke scored his first league goal in the 2-1 victory over Southampton and followed it up three days later with the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Coventry City. He also scored in a 3-1 victory over Essex side, Southend United.

Clarke was transfer-listed and on 8 August 2008 went to Darlington on one month's loan, which was extended to January 2009. He scored four times against Macclesfield Town on 30 August 2008. He also scored a vital goal in the Carling Cup against Walsall, knocking the League One side out of the cup.

He joined Northampton Town on a month's loan in January 2009.[1] He scored a hat-trick on his debut in a 5-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra. It was the first hat-trick scored by a Cobblers player since 2002. [2]

Clarke joined Brentford on loan in the run-in to their attempt to win promotion out of League Two. He was recruited mainly to cover for the absence of fellow Ipswich loanee Jordan Rhodes, who was injured. Clarke scored his first goal for the Bees in the 1-1 draw at Bradford City. He ended his loan spell scoring six goals in eight games. He had scored 18 goals overall during his three loan spells that season with Darlington, Northampton and Brentford. He was nominated twice during the season for the League Two Player of the Month.

Clarke was released by new Ipswich manager Roy Keane on 8 May 2009.

Blackpool

On 26 June Clarke signed for fellow Championship side Blackpool on a two-year contract with an option for a further year; his contract starting on 1 July, once his Ipswich contract expired.[3] Clarke said of the move, "It happened very quickly. I met the manager (Ian Holloway) on Tuesday and I had my medical this morning. I am delighted to be here and I can't wait for the season to start," adding "It is brilliant for me to be still playing in the Championship.[4]

His first game for the Seasiders was a pre-season friendly against non-league side Burscough on 11 July. Two days later he scored the second goal as Blackpool beat Barnstaple Town 5-0 in a 2009 South West Challenge Cup group stage match.[5]

On 8 August Clarke made his league debut as a 73rd-minute substitute as Blackpool started the 2009-10 season with a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. He scored his first goal for the Seasiders in a 4-3 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the third round of the 2009–10 League Cup on 22 September. His first league start came in the 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Bloomfield Road on 17 October. His first league goal came after just 23 seconds of the West Lancashire derby 1-1 draw wih Preston North End on 30 November.[6] He also won the Sky Sports "Man of the Match" award for his performance.[7]

Club career statistics

As of 5 December 2009.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2005-06 Ipswich Town Championship 2 0 - - 2 0
2005-06 Colchester United (loan) League One 6 0 - - 6 0
2006-07 Ipswich Town Championship 27 3 4 0 1 1 32 4
2007-08 Ipswich Town Championship 20 0 1 0 1 0 22 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Total
2007-08 Falkirk (loan) Scottish Premier League 8 1 - - 8 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2008-09 Darlington (loan) League Two 20 8 1 0 2 1 25 9
2008-09 Northampton Town (loan) League One 5 3 - - 5 3
2008-09 Brentford (loan) League Two 8 6 - - 8 6
2009-10 Blackpool Championship 13 1 3 1 16 2
Total Scotland 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
England 101 20 6 0 7 3 116 23
Career Total 109 21 6 0 7 3 124 24
Notes

a. All Football League Trophy results are included in totals

International career

Clarke has played at various levels for the Republic of Ireland. He has made 45 appearances at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 scoring 14 goals. In May 2008 he played in the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia.[8]

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