Ex-Blues Striker Set To Reach 1,000

Posted on December 6, 2006 
Filed Under Blast From The Past

Ex-Blues striker Steve Claridge is all set to make his 1,000th appearance in professional football. Claridge last played in April when he scored the winner in Walsall’s 1-0 win over Gillingham. Since then he has been without a club and desperately looking for someone to sign him so that he can clock up the magic 1,000.

Last week 40 year old Claridge said he would be willing to play for free for any club that was willing to sign him. Former club Bournemouth have finally taken him up on the offer, although it will be a pay-as-you-play deal. He is in the squad to play against Port Vale on Saturday.

Claridge played for Blues between January 1994 and February 1996. He cost the club £350,000 from Cambridge United. The club eventually sold him to Leicester City for a profit of nearly £1m. He made 120 appearances for Blues scoring 42 goals. He will best be remembered for his willingness to work and his scruffy appearance.

During his career he has also played for (deep breath) Fareham Town, Bournemouth, Weymonth, Crystal Palace, Aldershot, Cambridge United, Luton Town, Leicester City, Portsmouth, Millwall, Brighton, Brentford, Wycombe, Gillingham, Bradford and Walsall!

I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for him on Saturday… Good luck, Cleggy!

Comments

3 Responses to “Ex-Blues Striker Set To Reach 1,000”

  1. Devonblue on December 6th, 2006 4:32 pm

    A proper footballer and a pretty good one at that.

    Congratulations on what is quite a landmark.

  2. G CARTER on December 6th, 2006 7:07 pm

    Just read his book TALES FROM THE BOOT CAMPS , a good read from one of our old lads , if anyone is interested in buying it from me then get in touch at carter1875@hotmail.com , il sell it for £5 , and you must have paypal .

    regards

    GC

  3. Ian on December 9th, 2006 7:27 pm

    You’ve missed out Birmingham and Wolves from Cleggy’s list of clubs, and he never actually turned out for Palace, but it’s a remarkable feat anyway

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