Thursday, 17 February 2011
285 Sean McClare
Position : Midfield
Played : 1999-2000 (on loan from Barnsley) ; 2003-04
Appearances : (first spell) 9 ; (second spell) 38
Goals : 0
Sean was our only deadline day signing on loan from First Division Barnsley. The Irish under-21 international had been there a surprisingly long time without making himself a first team regular playing in only 43 games since 1993.
Sean was played in a wide role on the left to replace the injured Graham Atkinson. He had a good touch and looked a potentially skilful player but there wasn't much end product. In any case he suffered the usual fate of wingers under Parkin, of being dropped to the bench after a handful of games
He returned to Barnsley at the end of the season and made another 9 appearances in 2000/01. By the time Parkin got there he'd been loaned out to Port Vale and the move was made permanent in November 2001.Sean made 33 appearances over the next season and a half and scored his last League goal in 2002 but was dropped after a heavy defeat at QPR in February 2003 and didn't play for them again.
Released in the summer he turned up at Spotland for a trial and was signed up by Alan Buckley after impressing in pre-season games. In the middle of the park he initially looked quite impressive tackling well and knitting the play together but his limitations soon became obvious. He didn't seem to be able to pass the ball further than 10 yards and was so shot-shy he made Steve Doyle look like Gary Jones. Mr P neatly summed him up as "a five-a-side player".
When Steve Parkin returned to the club he treated Sean a little better than some of the other Simpson/Buckley signings but when he fell behind Scott Warner in the pecking order you knew his days were numbered. He provided one memorable moment in the last minute of his last game away at Oxford when he received the ball from Gary Jones and passed it straight over the goal-line. Who he thought was there God only knows !
Released in May 2004 Sean returned to Ireland for a season with Drogheda United before signing for Halifax in February 2005. That was a bad move as he lasted barely a month and played in only one game. He then signed for Bradford Park Avenue eventually returning to Conference level with Scarborough in November 2005 and making 15 appearances for them. He was last heard of at Grantham in 2007.