Saturday, 5 February 2011
276 Clive Platt
Position : Forward
Played : 1999-2000 (initially on loan from Walsall) to 2002-03
Appearances : 169
Goals : 30
One area in which Steve Parkin undoubtedly outscored every other Dale manager was in screwing money out of the Board. Everyone was stunned when we paid a club record £100, 000 to Walsall in September 1999 after an initial loan period while the clubs haggled. Clive made his debut for them in 1995 as an 18 year old but never commanded a regular place eventually making 32 appearances and scoring 4 goals.
Clive was/is another player that divides opinion. Blessed with both height and pace plus a good work ethic he should have been a star but has never quite achieved that. Clive began well, scoring in his first two starts but it was surprising how raw he seemed given the huge outlay. That became a bit of a millstone when we embarked on that 7 game goalless run at home and inevitably he became the focus of criticism. Part of the problem was that Clive was an exceptionally nice and polite guy and defenders took advantage of that and often muscled him off the ball. As previously mentioned he was also required to do too much work outside the box by Tony Ford. Most crucially though he lacked a poacher's instinct, never more obvious than at Burton in the FA Cup where he seemed to freeze and let a great chance just roll past him. Eventually Parkin took the pressure off him by signing Tony Ellis and Clive spent most of the second half of the season on the bench.
At the start of the following season it looked like Clive's faults had been ironed out. He was in blistering form and had scored 6 by the end of September. However this didn't last and he went six months from the end of October without scoring, not helped by the lack of any decent winger in the side for most of the season. 2001-02 was much the same story, a cracking start being followed by disappointing form and when John Hollins took over his place came under threat from new signing Lee McEvilly.
His last season saw Clive achieve some consistency but unfortunately in the wrong direction. He'd decided he wanted a move and got progressively more sulky and disinterested as no one came in for him. He didn't help himself ; when he got in the shop window with a televised tie at Wolves in the FA Cup he responded with an abject performance , one of the worst individual displays I've seen from a Dale player. Alan Hansen asked "Why doesn't he jump ?". Many felt Simpson should have dropped him altogether after that.
At the end of the season we had to write off the investment as Clive left on a Bosman. His options were limited and eventually he signed for Notts County on monthly terms. Clive scored 3 in 19 appearances but left the club on bad terms and moved on to Peterborough in January 2004.
He spent a year there scoring 6 goals but moved on to MK Dons afer a violent altercation with Tony Butler of Bristol City for which he received a four game ban from the FA. With MK Dons in freefall it looked like it might be Clive's last port of call but Paul Ince steadied the ship and Clive scored 18 as they won promotion from League Two in 2007. That earned him a £300,000 move to Colchester then in the Championship. He scored 25 in 124 games for Colchester then moved to Coventry this summer where to date he's scored 3 in 11 games.