Arriving on loan from Colchester United, Clive Stafford made two league appearances during Exeter City’s 1989/90 Division Four championship season. He later played for Bury Town and other clubs in East Anglia.
Clive played non-league football, and worked in insurance, until the age of twenty-five when he joined Colchester United from Diss Town in February 1989. Going on to make 33 league appearances for the Essex club over the following eighteen months, Clive’s time at Layer Road was broken by a February 1990 loan stint at Exeter City.
With the Grecians closing in on promotion, and eventually the divisional title, Clive made his debut at Cambridge United on 10 February 1990 and kept his place for the next game at Carlisle four days later. Unusually for that season, City lost both games and Clive wasn’t to feature again as he soon headed back to Essex.
Released by Colchester in the summer of 1990, Clive had an unsuccessful trial with West Bromwich Albion before signing for Suffolk club Bury Town and featuring in local cricket up to county level. He also turned out for Sudbury Town and Felixstowe Town before becoming involved in management with Woodbridge Town.