UK time is: 19:30:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Where are they now?

'Rob who?', I hear you cry! Well, for those of you who have forgotten let me remind you of Rob Clare's career.

Clare started out as a trainee at Stockport County where he made his professional debut against Fulham as a 17 year old in 2000. At this point County were plying their trade in Division One (now The Championship). Clare established himself in County's back four and following some fine individual performances Rob was called up to captain the England Under 20 side.

After notching up over a century of outings for Stockport, then Pool boss Colin Hendry spotted the youngster's talent and took him to Bloomfield Road for an undisclosed fee.

Rob played at centre back and right back for Pool in Hendry's first season in charge. Ultimately as the team struggled, Clare didn't quite live up to the high expectation levels of the fans and management.

However, Clare did put in a number of impressive displays but perhaps lacked a consistency to his play. This was probably more down to the side's general poor performances and results.

After 19 league starts in his first season at Bloomfield Road, Clare switched back to Stockport. Since his move back to Edgeley Park, Rob has surpassed 200 apperances for County.

Now in League 2, Stockport are reaping the benefits of Clare's undoubted talent. Clare is still only 24 years of age and should have many more years of football in him, perhaps at a much higher level. Pool fans can get another look at Clare on Monday night in County's FA Cup replay against Staines, live on Sky Sports.

You can't help but feel that if Clare had joined a successful Simon Grayson managed Seasiders', he might have made more of an impression on the Pool faithful.

Best of luck in the rest of your career Rob!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The journalist

Writer: TangerineLordy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 18 2007

Time: 5:31PM

Your Comments

Good last para Lordy. Hope he still fulfills his undoubted talent.
sandgroanun
Do all your ex players end up going to Stockport County?
dazza71
Yeah cheers we do have a few at County - Nowland, Clare and Tierney (on loan).
tangerinelordy
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackpool Articles

Blackpool v Bournemouth - How Will It Go? (Thursday December 18 2014)

Clark Sets Festive Target (Thursday December 18 2014)

Stephenson Relishing Blackpool Challenge (Thursday December 18 2014)

Stephenson Joins As First Team Coach (Thursday December 18 2014)

Blackpool MotM Against Charlton (Thursday December 18 2014)

Blackpool v Aston Villa Ticket News (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Have Blackpool turned the corner? (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Nosworthy - Leveller Shows Our Character (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Archived Blackpool Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. premier 1 117
2. Layton_Seasider 115
3. Bear1951 108
4. SeasideEssexXile 98
5. BobHatton 62
6. SaskPool 61
7. SickofMongFans 45
8. SmartBloke 26
9. Hastings 22
10. seasider91 20

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Leeds Utd 21 6 5 10 -7 23
19. Millwall 21 5 8 8 -8 23
20. Bolton 20 6 4 10 -6 22
21. Rotherham 21 4 9 8 -10 21
22. Brighton 21 3 9 9 -8 18
23. Wigan 21 3 8 10 -7 17
24. Blackpool 20 2 6 12 -17 12

Breaking League News

Boro have the desire
Middlesbrough : 18/12/2014 18:53:00
LUFC Mowatt Claims FL Young Player Award
Leeds Utd : 18/12/2014 18:00:00
He`s Coming Home!
Fulham : 18/12/2014 17:59:00
Fulham Back in for Baird?
Fulham : 18/12/2014 17:18:00
Video: AFCB v Liverpool - League Cup
Bournemouth : 18/12/2014 16:54:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Blackpool v Bournemouth
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Blackpool win 67%
Draw 33%
Bournemouth win 0%