Gan On Clarky - Knock The Mackems Out!

Last updated : 27 August 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Birmingham face the Macklems tonight in the League Cup and Clark is braced for a hostile reception from the travelling Sunderland fans.

I still remember the day he signed for the Mackems in a £2.5m deal from Newcastle United.

Nobody could believe it! Die-hard Geordie Clarky, the fans hero, signing for the Scum!

Clark travelled to Wembley to watch Newcastle in the 1999 FA Cup final and was pictured in a T-shirt taunting Sunderland supporters.

Clark scored 16 goals in 89 appearances for the Mackems.

Lee Clark: “I look back on it as stupidity. It’s not something you should be doing.

“I’d be disappointed if one of my players had done that.

“I cannot turn back time or change the past but I can affect the future. I’d like to help players in the future.

“It wasn’t as if I was walking round the streets of London, it was just a matter of seconds and you can imagine the amount of camera flashes.

“Of course it crosses my mind. I get remembered at my other two clubs for the good things. If that had not happened, I could go back and people talk about football.

“But that will never be the case, especially the rivalry between the two clubs.

“It’s unfortunate and will never change. They are passionate about their club so it will be something a bit different.

“I’m now more mature and in a position where I feel it is a regrettable incident. I’ve had to move on from it.

“I don’t think the fans will be too complimentary about me. That was always going to be the case after what happened. I had two terrific years and that turned sour.

“The tin hat may have to come out that’s for sure!

“The toughest thing for me is everyone forgets the job I did for them as a player. That’s the biggest regret. It’s difficult for me to ever go and watch a game there like my other clubs.

“That’s difficult to take as for two years I was part of a successful team.

“That was my choice but I’m a lot more mature now. I have to pay the consequences of my action – and that is what will happen.

“It was hot when I went back before. It was 49,000 at the Stadium of Light and it was very vocal.

“When the draw was made the phone was red hot,” the 41-year-old admitted.

“Most of it was from the Newcastle end but there are still people I know from Sunderland days so it was a mixture.”