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My Career At Blackpool: Phil Clarkson

13 January 2015

Midfielder Looks Back On Time In Tangerine

Midfielder Phil Clarkson joined Blackpool from Scunthorpe United for a fee of £80,000 in February 1997. He remained with the club for five years and was inducted in the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road in 2006. Here he reflects on his time in tangerine.

What can you remember about your debut?

It was against Notts County away and we drew 1-1. Gary Megson was the manager at the time and I suppose a draw away from home wasn’t a bad result.

What would you say your favourite goal for the club was?

It would probably have to be my back-heel one. People always ask me and talk about that so it’d be that one. It was a natural instinct goal that just came off.

If you could re-live one game from your career in tangerine, which one would you choose?

The game in my first season when beat Preston 2-1 at home. That was great because I’d not been at the club long and it helped me settle in and get a good relationship with the fans. We had a good run that season and just missed out on the play-offs.

In terms of dressing room banter, what was the best prank you witnessed?

The funniest one was with Gary Brabin - most of them usually involved Brabs – when he put a certain something on Marvin Bryan’s shoulder in the team photo. People didn’t know about it until the picture actually came out. That was the most memorable one.   

On reflection, what achievement are you most proud of?

The promotion from Division Three in the play-offs is the highlight because it was a great day and performance at Cardiff.

TEAM-MATES…

Best player you played with…

Tony Ellis was superb. He wasn’t there that long when I was there but he was a fantastic player for me, as a midfielder who liked to get forward. When the ball went up to him, it stuck. You could make runs up to him and past him to get onto things. He was a great player for a midfielder.

Worst trainer…

Brett Ormerod was a very poor trainer. He was brilliant, superb in games but not a good trainer.

Unsung hero…

Ian Hughes was a good team player. His attitude and commitment, he always gave 100 per cent whatever the case. He was a good old-fashioned defender who would get in the way of anything.

The Joker…

Gary Brabin was the main one.

Who did you see as most likely to become a manager in future?

Thinking about it now – I probably wouldn’t have said it then – Micky Mellon was a bit of a thinker about the game and is now a manager. I was quite surprised when he did, initially. He’s done pretty well.

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