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👤 1989/90 player profiles: Clive Whitehead

Profiling the championship winning side on the 30th anniversary of the title

27 April 2020

April 28, 1990, remains one of the finest days in Exeter City's history as, on the back of an incredible home record, we secured our first title in our club's history. During this month we will be taking a look back - in alphabetical order - of the main players in that title winning side. This time we look at a reliable and versatile player who made 20 appearances during the title winning campaign.

1989/90 APPEARANCES: 38

Clive Whitehead was towards the end of a distinguished playing career when he played a crucial role in Exeter City’s title win.

He had first played with manager Terry Cooper at Bristol City and the boss described him as a talented player and a good character who would not stand and messing about.

He joined the Grecians as a player-coach in the summer of 1989, having played more than 450 games for Bristol City, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth respectively.

He made his debut in the opening day victory over Doncaster Rovers and was an almost ever-present in the side that season, netting five goals in the process.

A move to Yeovil Town followed in October 1990, with Clive took up the role of player-manager, but he was dismissed from the position in April 1991. He then worked as an academy coach and scout at his former club Bristol City, and later as a football agent and referee’s assessor. 

This article has been created using material from the Grecian Archive and ECFC Museum as part of the 'Celebrating our Heritage' programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by the University of Exeter. 

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