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Player Details : Frank Albert Clark
Demographic Information
Name Frank Albert Clark
Date of Birth09/09/1943
Place of BirthHighfield, Co. Durham, England
PositionLeft Back
Newcastle Statistics
Years 1962 - 1975
Debut:18/04/1964 - Scunthorpe United [A] --- (L 0-2)
Appearances:484   [Starts: 482,  Subs: 2]
Goals:2
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Frank served his time as a laboratory technician and played for amateur side Crook Town before signing professional papers with Newcastle in 1964. Unfortunately he broke his leg in his first season but did remarkably well to fight his way back into the team.

He grew into a very accomplished defender and gave sterling service to Newcastle during his 13 years with the club. He was part of the promotion winning side of the 1964-65 season, was a Fairs Cup winner in 1969 and the two Texaco Cup wins in 1974 & 1975. However, like Tommy Cassidy, he suffered because of the 'boo-boys' late in his career. Just to show how idiotic these short-sighted "so-called fans" are, Brian Clough took him on a free transfer to Nottingham Forest and his career rocketed. With Forest he won the League Championship in 1978, the following season they won the European Cup. Add to that two 2 League Cups as well.

When he retired from playing Frank became assistant manager at Newcastle's greatest rivals, Sunderland, under Ken Knighton. When Knighton left Sunderland to go to Leyton Orient, Frank went with him, again as assistant manager. He was then elevated to the manager's job when Knighton left Orient. He got the Orient promotion to the Third Division in 1989 when they won the Fourth Division Play-Offs. This saw him take the position of Managing Director, which he held for four years before the lure of the manager's position at former club Nottingham Forest arose.

With the departure of Brian Clough from the City Ground, and Forest having been relegated, Frank had a huge task ahead of him. However he was more than up to the task and won automatic promotion back to the Premiership in 1994. Things behind the scenes at Forest conspired to make Frank's job almost impossible. With rumours of 'take overs', having no money to invest in players, Frank saw Forest heading back toward relegation and resigned on 19/12/1996. Within a matter of ten days he was back in management, this time with Manchester City. His time a Maine Road however was not a happy one and he was sacked 15 months later with the team in dis-array.

Frank never took up another management appointment but instead went to join the League Managers Association where he currently holds the position of Vice-Chairman.

Notable Transfers
Date From To Fee
30/10/1962 Crook Town Newcastle United  
01/07/1975 Newcastle United Nottingham Forest Free Transfer
References

LMA, (ud), Frank Clark, Managerial History, League Managers Association, http://www.leaguemanagers.com/manager/history-1165.html, [Accessed: 15/10/2008],

NUFC, 1964, Official Programme 24/08/1964, G.F. Laybourne & Co. Ltd., Newcastle, England,

Scott, K.H, 2015, Newcastle United Day by Day, KayLynM Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, ISBN: 978-0-9934201-0-8,

Williams, T., Peskett, R., eds, 1971, Rothmans Football Yearbook 1971-72, Queen Anne Press, London, England,

Wright, G., Dunk, P., eds, 1973, Rothmans Football Yearbook 1973-74, Queen Anne Press, England,