John Clark Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1993-94 17 (2) 19 3 4 0 13 (1) 0 4 (1) 3
1992-93 39 (2) 41 2 6 0 35 (2) 2 4 0
1991-92 36 (3) 39 2 3 0 31 (3) 1 5 1
1990-91 24 (1) 25 4 0 1 17 (1) 2 7 2
1989-90 27 (11) 38 4 0 0 18 (11) 1 9 3
1988-89 26 (4) 30 2 5 0 17 (3) 2 9 (1) 0
1987-88 22 (17) 39 5 4 0 19 (9) 3 3 (8) 2
1986-87 41 (6) 47 7 6 0 28 (2) 3 13 (4) 4
1985-86 6 (7) 13 1 0 0 5 (6) 1 1 (1) 0
1984-85 9 (6) 15 6 2 0 7 (3) 3 2 (3) 3
1983-84 4 (16) 20 1 0 0 4 (5) 1 - (11) 0
1982-83 1 (2) 3 0 0 0 1 0 - (2) 0
1981-82 - - - - - - - - -
Totals: 252 (77) 37 195 (46) 19 57 (31) 18

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Nov 9th, 1993 09/11/93 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 2 - 2
Nov 6th, 1993 06/11/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1
Oct 30th, 1993 30/10/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 0
Oct 23rd, 1993 23/10/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 2
Oct 16th, 1993 16/10/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
Sep 28th, 1993 28/09/93 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Brøndby (H) 3 - 1
Aug 31st, 1993 31/08/93 Quarter Final vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 3
Mar 6th, 1993 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1
Nov 21st, 1992 21/11/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 1
Oct 26th, 1991 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Sep 28th, 1993 28/09/93 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Brøndby (H) 3 - 1 (119')
Aug 31st, 1993 31/08/93 Quarter Final vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 3 (107')
Aug 31st, 1993 31/08/93 Quarter Final vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 3 (3')
Mar 6th, 1993 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1 (62')
Nov 21st, 1992 21/11/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 1 (78')
Oct 26th, 1991 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1 (71')
Aug 20th, 1991 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H) 3 - 2 (88')
Apr 6th, 1991 06/04/91 Semi Final vs. St Johnstone (N) 2 - 1 (40')
Feb 16th, 1991 16/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 2 (25')
Jan 29th, 1991 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H) 2 - 1 (40')
Jan 5th, 1991 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 2 (46')
Feb 3rd, 1990 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 3 (43')
Jan 23rd, 1990 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0 (69')
Oct 31st, 1989 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H) 3 - 2 (89')
Sep 27th, 1989 27/09/89 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Glentoran (H) 2 - 0 (25')
Aug 27th, 1988 27/08/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 2 (80')
Aug 13th, 1988 13/08/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0 (48')
Apr 16th, 1988 16/04/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 4 (49')
Nov 28th, 1987 28/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 3 (38')
Nov 4th, 1987 04/11/87 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vitkovice (A) 1 - 1 (37')
Oct 24th, 1987 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 1 (79')
Sep 30th, 1987 30/09/87 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Coleraine (H) 3 - 1 (80')
May 20th, 1987 20/05/87 Final 2nd Leg vs. IFK (H) 1 - 1 (60')
Apr 28th, 1987 28/04/87 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H) 2 - 1 (67')
Apr 18th, 1987 18/04/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1 (88')
Mar 18th, 1987 18/03/87 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (A) 2 - 1 (86')
Nov 26th, 1986 26/11/86 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Hajduk Split (H) 2 - 0 (48')
Nov 19th, 1986 19/11/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H) 3 - 0 (83')
Oct 22nd, 1986 22/10/86 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Univ Craiova (H) 3 - 0 (80')
Aug 31st, 1985 31/08/85 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0 (16')
May 4th, 1985 04/05/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 1 (36')
Sep 26th, 1984 26/09/84 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Hearts (A) 2 - 1 (54')
Sep 26th, 1984 26/09/84 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Hearts (A) 2 - 1 (50')
Sep 8th, 1984 08/09/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 4 (73')
Sep 8th, 1984 08/09/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 4 (20')
Sep 5th, 1984 05/09/84 4th Round vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 1 (93')
Apr 21st, 1984 21/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 1 (44')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 195 (46) 19 21 0
SC 23 (13) 3 3 1
LC 14 (9) 6 3 0
EC - (3) 0 0 0
UEFA 18 (5) 9 2 0
CWC 2 (1) 0 1 0
Totals: 252 (77) 37

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


John was an S signing from Musselburgh Windsor in March 1981, and by September that year he had signed professionally and was playing in the forward line with the United reserves. He made a scoring debut in a testimonial match for Fraser Kellas against Elgin City in May 1982, coming on as a substitute. John made his competitive debut as a substitute in later that year, in a UEFA Cup tie against Viking Stavanger in November.

In early 1983 he was part of the Scotland youth squad. Still an attacking player, he gradually broke into the first eleven by 1983-84, an able stand-in for Paul Sturrock, Davie Dodds and John Reilly, making three substitute appearances during United’s European Cup run, including a semi-final appearance against Roma. He collected a runners-up medal in the League Cup final against Rangers the following season, and having began his career as an attacking player, he was converted to a defensive role by manager Jim McLean – a move which saw a dramatic upturn in his United career.

John played an important part in United’s run to the UEFA Cup final in May 1987. Having already scored in earlier rounds against Universitatea Craiova and Hadjuk Split, he hammered home a late header against Barcelona at the Camp Nou to send United through to the semi-finals in one of the clubs most famous victories. He also netted United's goal in the second leg of the final against Gothenburg with a fantastic strike from the edge of the box at Tannadice, but unfortunately collected a runners-up medal. He was also on the losing side in the Scottish Cup final in the same season against St Mirren and against Celtic a year later.

A big favourite with the fans, he continued to play regularly and was linked with a £1m transfer to Spurs in January 1990. In August 1990 he quit Tannadice to work in his family business in West Lothian, but within a month he was back at United. In 1991, he lost out on a Scottish Cup medal for the third time, in the final against Motherwell. He had two more seasons with United and appeared to be bound for Middlesbrough in January 1994, but a month later moved to Stoke City for around £200,000.

In August 1994 he was granted a testimonial match by United against his new club. He was with the English side for just a few months before joining Falkirk in September 1994. After two years with them he moved to Dunfermline Athletic. In December 1996 he played trials at Ross County, and in August 1997 he moved to Berwick Rangers where he concluded his senior career at the end of the 1998-99 season. He later had spells as manager at Gala Fairydean and Whitehill Welfare.

John was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2010.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.





Debut (as sub)

November 3rd, 1982
Dundee United 0 - 0 Viking Stavenger

UEFA Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

Full Debut

January 22nd, 1983
Dundee United 3 - 2 St Mirren

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    John was born on this date in Edinburgh.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Elgin City 2 - 7 Dundee United
    Friendly (Testimonial for Fraser Kellas)


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 0 - 0 Viking
    UEFA Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

    Having done the hard work two weeks ago in Norway, United had to make sure that they did not let Stavanger back into this tie. Although he had promised a few surprises in the line-up, Jim McLean more


  • League Debut

    Dundee United 3 - 2 St Mirren
    League (Premier Division)

    Prior to this Scottish Cup "rehearsal" against St Mirren, United had only picked up one point in their last three matches, dropping five points behind league leaders Celtic. Already without Eamonn Ban


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)

    United's final match prior to the return leg with Roma turned out to be a torrid Derby encounter. Dundee escaped with a point after United failed to capitalise on their dominance, which was particular


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 2 St Mirren
    League (Premier Division)

    As at Kilbowie the previous week, we took an early lead through Ian Redford, but failed to capitalise. After only five minutes Ian latched on to a Paul Sturrock


  • 50th League Appearance

    Aberdeen 0 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Pittodrie was regarded as the ideal preparation for the forthcoming European clash with Barcelona, but at the end of ninety minutes the relevance of our victory was a tremendous boost to our title hop


  • 100th Appearance

    Hearts 4 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Hearts collected both points with a quite scintillating display, which had the Jam Tarts' supporters ranking it has one of finest performances by the men in maroon for many a long day. Certainly, had


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell
    League (Premier Division)

    Failure to convert our chances was undoubtedly the root cause of us dropping a point to a stuffy Motherwell side which earned its fifth consecutive draw. Evidence of our problem cropped up three times


  • 200th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)

    A run of fourteen undefeated Premier home games came to an end when Dundee took both points from a gale swept Tannadice Park. Yet it all started so differently with Paddy Connolly giving us a second m


  • 200th League Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 4 Rangers
    League (Premier Division)

    United's resources up front were stretched for this encounter with both Duncan Ferguson and Victor Ferreyra suspended, so in came Christian Dailly for his first match of the season. However, it was de


  • 300th Appearance

    Aberdeen 0 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    For the third consecutive match the Tannadice starting eleven showed no change as we set out to atone for our cup defeat. Clearly there was never any question of that disappointment as we almost went


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 1 Brøndby
    UEFA Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)

    Faced with the prospect of trying to retrieve a two goal deficit, United suffered a blow when Andy McLaren was ruled out because of flu and John Clark was drafted in up front. The experience of Dave B


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 2 Raith Rovers
    League (Premier Division)

    Two nothing up and cruising at half time, only what Manager Ivan Golac described as amateurish defending prevented us claiming both points from a match which was there for the taking. Apart from Andy


  • Left the Club