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{{Infobox Football biography 2
playername = Clayton Blackmore
image =
fullname = Clayton Graham Blackmore
dateofbirth =
cityofbirth = Neathmarker
countryofbirth = Walesmarker
height =
position = Midfielder/Full Back
youthclubs1 = Manchester United
clubs1 = Manchester United |caps1 = 251 |goals1 = 27
clubs2 = Middlesbrough |caps2 = 66 |goals2 = 4
clubs3 = → Bristol City {loan) |caps3 = 5 |goals3 = 1
clubs4 = Barnsley |caps4 = 8 |goals4 = 0
clubs5 = Notts County |caps5 = 27 |goals5 = 4
clubs6 = Leigh RMI |caps6 = 1 |goals6 = 0
clubs7 = Bangor City |caps7 = 176 |goals7 = 11
clubs8 = Porthmadog |caps8 = 18 |goals8 = 4
clubs9 = Neath Athletic |caps9 = 22 |goals9 = 0
totalgoals = 51
nationalteam1 = Wales |nationalcaps1 = 39 |nationalgoals1 = 0
managerclubs1 = Bangor City
managerclubs2 = Porthmadog}}Clayton Graham Blackmore (born 23 September 1964 in Neathmarker, Glamorganmarker) is a former Welshmarker international footballer. He was a combative player known for his attacking free kicks who excelled at full back and in central defence but could play equally well in midfield or as an emergency forward. He currently plays for Neath Athletic AFC.

Career

Blackmore once had trials with Neath Rugby Club but, instead joined Manchester United as an apprentice. Having come through the United youth system he won the first of his 39 caps for Wales after only two first team appearances at Old Traffordmarker. He has the unique distinction of having worn every number for United from 2 to 11 (under the old system of the first XI wearing shirts numbered 1-11, until players were assigned with a squad number to keep all season).

He made his debut for United on 16 May 1984 in their 2-0 league defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Groundmarker, when still only 19. He made a solitary league appearance the following season, and did not make the squad for the FA Cup final win over Everton. 1985-86 saw Blackmore really come into promisement as he scored three goals in 12 league games, but he didn't get a serious run in the side until the 1987-88 season, by which time Alex Ferguson was United's manager, when played 22 games and scored 3 goals for a United side who finished second in the league to Liverpool - their best finish for eight years. 1988-89 saw Blackmore enjoy even more first team opportunities as he played 28 times in the league, though United finish a disappointing 11th. [128124]

He made regular appearances as a winger or full-back in 1989-90, which saw an injury blighted United side struggle in the league and finish 13th but win the FA Cup with a 1-0 replay win over Crystal Palace after drawing the first game 3-3. He was United's first choice left-back in 1990-91 as they won the European Cup Winners' Cup, were runners-up in the Football League Cup and finished sixth in the league, but he was forced out of this position for the 1991-92 season when Paul Parker joined the club as first choice right-back and the previous season's right-back Denis Irwin was switched to Blackmore's favoured position of left-back. His other favoured position of left-wing was now being contended for by youngesters Lee Sharpe and Ryan Giggs. However, he still had the opportunity to play in 33 league games that season, as United led the table for most of the season before a shortage of goals after the turn of 1992 cost them the title, which was won by Leeds United. [128125]

During his time at United, he helped the club win the FA Cup in 1990 as well as the 1992 League Cup and the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup and made 14 League appearances, enough to win a medal, in United's 1992-93 F.A. Premier League title success. He also scored United's goal when they shared the Charity Shield with Liverpool in 1990 after a 1-1 draw.

With the advent of squad numbers in 1993-94, Blackmore was given the number 15, but he failed to make a single first team appearance that season (due to a succession of injuries), even as an unused substitute.

His long association with Manchester United ended when he joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer on 11 July 1994, linking up with newly appointed player-manager and former team mate Bryan Robson. He helped them win promotion to the Premier League as Division One champions in his first season on Teessidemarker, and appeared in the team's FA Cup Final defeat by Chelsea in 1997. After brief spells with Bristol City (on loan), Barnsley and Notts Co. and one game for Leigh RMI in the Peter Swales Challenge Trophy, Blackmore joined Bangor City in the League of Wales in February 2001. Contrary to popular belief, this was four months before his ex-Manchester United team-mate, Peter Davenport, took over as manager at Farrar Road.

Having made well over 150 appearances for Bangor, including appearances in both the UEFA Cup and the Intertoto Cup, Blackmore was appointed manager in January 2006 following the departure of Davenport, but resigned on 4 November 2006 following a 2-0 Welsh Cup 3rd Round defeat at Y Traeth against Porthmadog.

Blackmore originally agreed to stay at Farrar Road in a playing capacity, but, following the appointment of former Peterborough manager, Steve Bleasdale, as the Citizens' manager, the former Wales and Manchester United star was released and promptly signed for Porthmadog. In January 2008, a 43-year-old Blackmore signed for hometown club Neath Athletic.

References



External links

Clayton Blackmore profile at welsh-premier.com


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