Sam Clucas

I’m sure very few of you will have heard of this guy, but back in 2009 then manager Peter Jackson described him as a real find. Lincoln born, he spent 6 years with Leicester City before dropping down to play for Nettleham. Jacko signed him up as one for the future and he made his Imps debut against Darlington in the Football League Trophy. He was replaced in that game by former Glenn Hoddle pupil Chris Fagan. That game resulted in a 1-0 defeat and saw Peter Jackson dismissed.

Not a bad career – for a ginge.


Chris Sutton came in bemoaning his luck at the squad he inherited. He signed lots of young players from the top flight such as Matt Saunders, Adam Watts, Anthony Pulis and Steven Lennon. The name of Sam Clucas didn’t feature on any of his team sheets and the youngster was released into obscurity at the end of July 2010 with just a solitary appearance to his name.

Oh no, wait. He wasn’t released into obscurity at all. He went off to the Glenn Hoddle Spanish Soccer School and then…. well then he’s not done badly has he?

He’s since gone on to play in all five divisions climbing the ranks quickly. he’s now a premier league player featuring regularly for Hull City. What of Saunders, Watts, Pulis and Lennon?

Ask Chris Sutton. Tit.

In fact please remember everytime you hear Sutton speak on the BBC that he thought Anthony Pulis, Shane Clarke and Khanu Smith were worth a start over Clucas, and over Richard Butcher. Tit.