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Cliff Sear
Personal information
Full name Reginald Clifford Sear
Date of birth 22 September 1936(1936-09-22)
Place of birth    Rhostyllen, Wales
Date of death    8 July 2000 (aged 63)
Place of death    Chester, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Oswestry Town
Manchester City
Chester City

248 0(1)
049 0(1)   
National team
Wales under 23s
001 0(0)
Teams managed
Chester City
Chester City (caretaker)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Cliff Sear (22 September 1936 – 8 July 2000) was a Welsh football left back who played for Manchester City between 1956 and 1967. During this time he made 250 appearances for the team and scored 1 goal.

He was captain of the Welsh under 23 team for which he made 2 appearances and also won one cap for Wales in a game against England in November 1962. Sear had joined City as a youngster from Oswestry Town.


Chester City

In 1968, Sear joined Chester, initially as a player. He scored on his debut against York City in August 1968, doubling his tally of Football League goals in his 14-year career. However, the vast majority of his 19 year service to the club would be in coaching capacities. Between March 1982 and November 1982 he was manager of the club (initially as caretaker), but he did not enjoy this role [1] and happily returned to working with the youth team and helping his successors in the manager's chair. He did though have another tenure as caretaker manager the helm in January 1984, after previous caretaker manager Trevor Storton stepped down as the club awaited the appointment of John McGrath.

Sear is largely credited for helping discover Ian Rush [2], having helped guide him through Chester's youth set-up in the late 1970s. During much of his time at the club, Sear was the trusted right hand man to Alan Oakes, who had coincidentally been a team-mate at Manchester City.

Other players to emerge from Sear's youth system and enjoy successful league careers include Brian Croft, twins Paul and Ron Futcher, Chris Lightfoot, Robbie Painter, Mike Williams and Colin Woodthorpe.

Crossing the Border

After leaving Chester in acrimonious circumstances in 1987 [3], Sear joined arch-rivals Wrexham and helped revamp the club's youth policy. Many of the players he helped bring through the ranks with Wrexham went on to play in the club's numerous giantkilling acts in the 1990s. Sear enjoyed a testimonial between Wrexham and Manchester City in 1996.

Sear died from a heart attack in 2000 [4].

External links


  1. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. p. 98. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.  
  2. ^ (see July 10) "Cliff Sear 1936-2000". 2000-07-10. (see July 10). Retrieved 2008-01-15.  
  3. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. p. 104. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.  
  4. ^ (see July 10) "Cliff Sear 1936-2000". 2000-07-10. (see July 10). Retrieved 2008-01-15.  


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