stephen clemence - fact file

1997 -  2003       midfielder



Born on 31st March 1978 in Liverpool, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 11")

Weight : -  - kgs  (12 st  5 lbs)


Made an impressive entrance to his Tottenham career in season 1997-98 and looked a good bet to retain his place in the side. However, when things started going wrong, he was left out through injury and being rested. He came back into the side and got harshly sent off in the FA Cup replay at Barnsley, but appeared on the bench after suspension.  A hard working midfielder, who has an eye for a defence splitting pass and also possess a rasping shot. 

Son of former Spurs goalkeeper Ray, he has established himself in the England set-up and was due to take part in the Toulon Under-21 tournament 2000, but had to pull out because of an ankle injury.  Did not shine as much in season 1999-2000 as he had done previously and he was restricted to a squad role as Glenn Hoddle sought to reshape the midfield with some of his new signings.

Was at Lilleshall National School of Excellence and from initially looking too light-weight in midfield, Clem filled out  and played pre-season games in 1997.  He got a shock call-up to the first game of the season at home to Manchester United and subsequently turned in some reliable performances for Tottenham.  He also filled in at left-back and while not a natural there, he did a job, proving he could adapt within the team.  He progressed well, but it was thought that the summer 2000 signings might push him back down the pecking order.  However, he got a place on the bench regularly in 2000-2001 and added a left footed presence to the midfield, which proved very effective (Everton - home - that season was a good example).

Having finally got another goal to add to his first in the League against Derby County in 1999, the one at Sunderland in April 2001, was well taken.  He needed to add regular scoring to his repertoire as league points at this time often rested on important goals from midfield.  He seemed to be more settled at the club for a while after initial rumours at the turn of 2000 about a move away from the Lane.

Became a useful squad player under Graham and carried that on when Hoddle took over, but an early injury in 2001-02 kept him out for the bulk of the season and then an Achilles problem stopped him being involved at the start of 2002-03.  Tearing a medial ligament against Blackburn Rovers kept him out for eight months and although Stephen made a couple of subs appearances in that season, he was allowed to leave to join Birmingham City, where he became a regular member of their midfield.  Helped the Blues to promotion in 2006-07, but was surprisingly allowed to leave to join Leicester City in July 2007, as he said he wanted to play regularly and help the Foxes enter a new era under chairman Milan Mandaric.  Signed for £750,000, Clemence was made captain of the side on his arrival at the Walkers Stadium.

Was injured and played the last of his 31 matches for Leicester City in March 2008 in a 1-0 win over Scunthorpe, but the heel injury which kept him out for two years.  Having played in the Leicester reserve side a few times, Stephen did not regain the level of fitness required for first team football and he announced his retirement from playing on Easter Monday April 6th 2010 and was released by his club in May at the age of 32.

In the summer of 2010, joined Sunderland as Reserve and Development coach, taking over as reserve team manager at Hull City in June 2012.

Married to actress Angela Saunders and has a son Jack (born 2005).




Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - - 10th August 1997 v Manchester United (Premier League) (home)   lost 0-2 84 + 25 as a sub 3
Birmingham City January 2003 £250,000   121 8
Leicester City 13th July 2003 £750,000   31  

Career Record
68 + 22 as a sub League appearances; 2 goals
7 + 1 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
7 + 1 as a sub League Cup appearances; 0 goals
2 + 1 as a sub European appearances; 0 goals
Birmingham City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
?? European appearances; goals
Leicester City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
?? European appearances; goals

England international
0 full caps;  0 goals
Under-21 caps; goals
Cup winners medal 19---


September 1997 - Spurs Monthly

Played pre-season games in 1997 and got a shock call-up to the first game of the season at home to Manchester United.

Gerry Francis said of his performance “He looked composed, and even if he gave the ball away once or twice, did not let it worry him – he just got on with the game.”

Clemence said, “I never expected to get in the team all over the summer, let alone play in the first match. I thought I might spend a year in the reserves and maybe get a go at the end of the season. To play against United was fantastic.”

“All the senior players have been brilliant, especially Gary Mabbutt who gave me advice during games. And Gerry and Roger Cross were good, too.”

“My dad doesn't really get involved. He lets me get on with it because he knows there are coaches here who can do that. He doesn't watch me train, so he leaves me to it. Obviously, if I want advice, then I can ask him, but he doesn't push in there, only if I need him.”
2007 - The Times

If Stephen had not been a footballer, he may have been a stockbroker or in insurance.
Clemence never wanted to be a goalkeeper, as living up to what his Dad had achieved would have been hard.



What they said about Stephen Clemence
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What Stephen Clemence said about ...
... having to retire at 32 ...  09.11.2010 (THFC programme)

"I was devastated having to stop playing at that age.  The last two years were extremely tough for me mentally as I'd never experienced a spell out of the team for anywhere near as long as that.  I had a number of operations, but nothing could resolve the problem I was having with my heel and I was forced to retire."

... growing up with Spurs ...  09.11.2010 (THFC programme)

"I remember watching games as a kid from the Paxton Road end and to this day, I know quite a few friends who still sit there week in, week out.

When I think back to my time with Spurs, I do so with great fondness.  The club really looked after me as a youngster and helped turn me into a first-team player.  When I broke into the team, I lined up alongside David Ginola, Darren Anderton, Les Ferdinand, Tim Sherwood and Sol Campbell.  That's just a few of the great players that I could mention too.  Those kind of players made it easy in a way to do well for Tottenham.  They had such great experience and they would help you through each game."

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