clive walker

Player of the Day: Clive Walker

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by Ashley Houghton

Hat-trick hero Walker profiled.

Clive Walker made 64 appearances for Sunderland in his two years on Wearside between 1984 and 1986.

An England schoolboy international, Walker progressed through the ranks at Chelsea and made his first team league debut in 1977.

Walker went on to make 224 appearances in his eight years at Stamford Bridge in which he time he starred in two famous upsets of Liverpool in the FA Cup in both 1978 and 1982.

The Blues were close to relegation in the 1982-83 campaign but Walker’s late winner in a clash with Bolton Wanderers preserved their Second Division status.

Clive joined Sunderland in 1984 as Len Ashurst’s side reached the League Cup final whilst also suffering relegation from the top flight.

Walker scored twice against his former club in the semi-final second-leg win in West London after he had bagged a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Manchester United at Roker Park in his finest hour on Wearside.

His first season returned 14 goals in 48 appearances and he would leave the Black Cats in December 1985 to return to the capital with QPR having made16 appearances and notched three cup goals in the opening months of the 1985-86 campaign under Lawrie McMenemy.

Clive spent just over one season at Loftus Road before moving to Fulham, meaning he is one of only three players to play for the West London trio.

Over 100 appearances would follow for Walker at Craven Cottage in a three-year stay before his league career finished with three seasons at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Walker’s time at Woking proved most successful with a hat-trick of FA Trophy wins at the Kingfield Stadium.

Equally, the final spell of Clive’s career, at Cheltenham Town, proved fruitful with another FA Trophy success as well as the Conference championship title in his final campaign at Whaddon Road.

Still highly regarded at Stamford Bridge, Walker works closely with the Blues as one of the club’s old-boys whilst he also works in the media as an analyst on Chelsea matches.