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Eddie Clamp

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

4 caps, 0 goals

P 4 W 0 D 4 L 0 F 5: A 5
50% successful

1958

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
360

Profile

Full name Harold Edwin Clamp
Born 14 September 1934 in Coalville, Leicestershire [registered as Harold E., in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, December 1934].
Married firstly to June Latham [registered as Harold E., in Wolverhampton, December 1955], and secondly to Patricia V. Fox [registered as Edwin H., in Wolverhampton, March 1973].
Died 14 December 1995 in Wednesfield, Staffordshire, aged 61 years x days [registered as Edwin H., in Wolverhampton, December 1995].
Height/Weight 5' 11", 11st. 10lbs [1958].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies x
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) played for Wolverhampton Wanderers 1952-61, Arsenal 1961-62, Stoke City 1962-64, Peterborough United 1964-65; Then Worcester City FC and Lower Gornal FC, retiring in 1969.
Club honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions x

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number xth player to appear for England.
Position(s) x
First match No. x, aged x years x days.
Last match No. x, aged x years x days.
Major tournaments x
Team honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions x

Beyond England

x.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.

 

Eddie Clamp - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
- - - - - - - - - min - - None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Eddie Clamp - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Eddie Clamp - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Blue - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Eddie Clamp - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WCF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
World Cup - - - - - - - - - - - - -

ECP

0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Championship - - - - - - - - - - - - -
British Championship - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Friendly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Eddie Clamp - Match Record - Tournament Matches
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
x - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Eddie Clamp - Match History
 Club:   F.C. - x full caps

Coach: x - x full capsx

Age x
1 - x - x, x x x x x

Notes

The name of Clamp was a byword for ferocity in British football during the late 1950s. In his ruthless pomp as a ball-winner for Wolverhampton Wanderers, and, briefly, for England, "Chopper Eddie" was accorded a lurid reputation akin to that enjoyed today by Vinnie Jones.

Indeed, had Eddie Clamp risen to prominence in the tabloid age, it is likely that he would have eclipsed the ostentatious Wimbledon bruiser in the notoriety stakes, for he was a more complete performer. Though renowned for his physical approach - it would be idly to deny his methods were crude at times - Clamp was no one-dimensional clogger, and, with all due respect to the not untalented Jones, the taciturn Midlander had considerably more to offer in terms of ball control and passing ability.

Having won international honours as a schoolboy, Clamp turned professional with Wolves in 1952, then developed rapidly under the aegis of Molineux's martinet manager, Stan Cullis. He made his senior debut as a 19-year-old wing-half, against Matt Busby's Manchester United at Old Trafford, as Wolves were closing in on the First Division title in the spring of 1954. And although he did not play enough games to earn a medal that season, there was to be no shortage of honours coming Clamp's way.

By 1955-56 he was a regular member of Cullis's all-action, but undeniably skilful team - a hard man in a hard side - and two years later his strength, stamina and all-round efficiency were an important factor in the club's championship triumph.

Clamp was rewarded by a full international call-up on the eve of the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden, and he formed an all-Wolves half-back line with Billy Wright and Bill Slater. He performed creditably in four consecutive games for his country, all of which were drawn, but widespread disappointment at England's generally sketchy showing in the game's premier tournament cost him his place - which went to the more stylish Ronnie Clayton of Blackburn Rovers - and Clamp was shunted permanently from the international stage at the age of 23.

He continued to prosper at club level, though, helping Wolves to lift a second successive title in 1959 and missing out on a hat-trick when Burnley pipped them by a single point in 1960. That term, however, there was heady consolation in the FA Cup, with Wolves defeating Blackburn 3- 0 at Wembley. Sadly, it was a scrappy encounter, labelled the "dustbin final" in the Midlands press, a criticism which rankled with Clamp for the rest of his life.

Having distinguished himself in the famous old gold and black, Clamp accepted a new challenge in September 1961, joining Arsenal in a pounds 34,500 deal. He had been bought to instil steel into what was then a rather languid Gunners combination, but that very combativeness was to prove his undoing. Six months after Clamp's arrival in London, his former Molineux skipper Billy Wright became Arsenal manager and took exception to "Chopper Eddie's" aggressive style. The final straw was a brutal tackle on the gentlemanly Aston Villa full-back Charlie Aitken, perpetrated right under Wright's nose, and Clamp was on his way out.

Next stop was Stoke City, whom he joined for pounds 14,000 in September 1962, and that season he assisted a Stanley-Matthews-inspired team of veterans to top the Second Division. Two years on, by now aged 30, he served a short stint with Third Division Peterborough United before entering non- league circles, first with Worcester City and then with Lower Gornal.

Clamp retired from regular football in 1969 to run a building and decorating business in Wednesfield, Staffordshire, but continued to turn out in charity matches for the Wolves Old Stars. Opponents reported, often ruefully, that while he had lost his speed, he had retained that characteristic bite. - The Independent obituary

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