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Dave Clements welcomed home on flying visit to Inver Park

Club chairman Gareth Clements had the pleasure of welcoming Dave Clements to The Cliff and Inver Park recently.

Dave, a native of Millbrook and a former pupil of Larne Grammar is home from the United States for a few weeks, and was keen to know a little more background in the transformation going on around the club.

A former professional footballer and manager, he excelled at both football and rugby union. During his time at school, he earned football caps for the national team at schoolboy, youth and amateur level. As a junior, he played for Millbrook before signing for Portadown in 1961. After starring in a 2–0 Irish amateur win over Wales in January 1963 he signed for English Division One club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Dave started his career as a left winger, but also played as a defensive midfielder and left full-back, throughout a career which lasted from 1964 to 1976 in which time he played for Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday and Everton, making a total of 392 league appearances and scoring 32 goals.

Dave played 48 times for Northern Ireland between 1965 and 1976 scoring two goals. He then managed the national team for two years in 1975 and 1976 before moving to the NASL in the United States, having received a lucrative offer to play for New York Cosmos, where he played alongside Pelé among others.

His performances for the Cosmos during 1976 ensured that Dave was named in the All-Star Honourable Mention Team for that year, he was also selected for Team America to participate in the Bicentenary Cup against Italy, Brazil and England.

Dave moved on to coach the Colorado Caribous of the North American Soccer League in 1978, the only year of their existence, and then coached three teams in the Major Indoor Soccer League, the Denver Avalanche (1981–82), St. Louis Steamers (1982–85) and Kansas City Comets (1986–87).

He was named US Coach of the year in 1982 and 1987, and still lives in the Denver, Colorado area.


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