Clayton Blackmore

Clayton Blackmore

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Clayton Blackmore

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Clayton Graham Blackmore (born 23 September 1964 in Neath, Glamorgan) is a former Welsh international footballer. He was a combative player known for his attacking free kicks and a utility player who excelled at full back and in central defence but could play equally well in midfield or as an emergency forward.

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Blackmore once had trials with Neath Rugby Club but, instead joined Manchester United as an apprentice. Having come through the United youth system he won the first of his 39 caps for Wales after only two first team appearances at Old Trafford. He has the unique distinction of having worn every number for United from 2 to 11 (under the old system of the first XI wearing shirts numbered 1–11, until players were assigned with a squad number to keep all season).

He made his debut for United on 16 May 1984 in their 2–0 league defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, when still only 19. He made a solitary league appearance the following season, and did not make the squad for the FA Cup final win over Everton. 1985–86 saw Blackmore really come into promisement as he scored three goals in 12 league games, but he didn't get a serious run in the side until the 1987–88 season, by which time Alex Ferguson was United's manager, when played 22 games and scored 3 goals for a United side who finished second in the league to Liverpool – their best finish for eight years. 1988–89 saw Blackmore enjoy...
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