Brooksbank, Clifford

Birthplace

Halifax, England

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

Clifford was born in 1890.

Brooksbank played as a schoolboy for Queens Road School, Halifax, and from there went to Halifax Grammar School on a science scholarship.

He was 220 yards athletics champion of the school for three years in succession, and whilst there followed up his football successes gained at the school by playing for the England Schools side against Ireland and Wales.

After leaving school he worked in a Solicitors office and played for Huddersfield Town as an amateur before they secured admission to the Football League.

Subsequently his parents moved to Blackburn to live, and Brooksbank then played for Oswaldtwistle Rovers in the Lancashire Combination Second Division.

He was there for eight months, then signing professional forms for Blackburn Rovers in 1909.

In the 1911-12 season he netted 17 goals for the Blackburn reserve team, however, he never played for their first team.

Exeter City managed to gain his signature in the summer of 1912 and he made his Southern League debut against Crystal Palace, scoring in the 1-1 draw.

In his first season at St James’ Park, Brooksbank netted three goals in ten first team appearances, and in the 1913-14 season, he bettered that by featuring in 25 Southern League matches for City, scoring twice.

Brooksbank was signed by Bristol City for the 1914-15 season, during which time he scored seven goals in just 10 Football League appearances.

Appearances

35

Goals

5

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