Striker Clint Marcelle joined Brian Little’s Tigers three weeks into the 2000/01 season, having spent the summer training with Goole Town. He went straight into the City first team attack and scored his first Tigers goal at the end of September in a 1-1 draw at Barnet, following up a month later with a strike in a 2-0 win at Halifax. He kept his place until late November but by then the lack of further goals, and the signing of strike duo Rodney Rowe and Kevin Francis, combined to see Clint drop to the bench. In the early weeks of 2001 City’s financial collapse hastened and as the club entered in receivership players were given the choice of being freed from their contracts. Marcelle took advantage of this and moved on in February 2001, missing out on the subsequent run of victories that saw the Tigers reach the end of season play-offs.
Clint Sherwin Marcelle was born at Port of Spain, the capital city of Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean islands. A diminutive figure at 5 feet four inches, Marcelle was blessed with pace and skill and after learning his trade with Trinidadian side United Petrotrin, in 1990 he signed for Portuguese side Academica de Coimbra. Clint soon moved on to another Portuguese side Agueda where he began to score goals and between 1992 and 1996 he played for three more sides from Portugal, making over 130 senior appearances.
In the 1996 close season Marcelle made the switch from Portugal to South Yorkshire when he signed for League Division 1 side Barnsley. Clint scored on his English league debut in August 1996 against West Bromwich Albion and netted four goals in his first three League starts for the Tykes. While his record throughout the season didn’t quite match up to the start, he made a significant contribution to Barnsley’s season when netting the winning goal against Bradford City in April 1997 that confirmed promotion to the Premier League. Used mainly as a substitute at the higher level, Clint made 26 top flight appearances but didn’t find the net. As Barnsley went straight back down to League Division One Marcelle played rarely in the 1998/99 season and in October 1999 he was loaned to Scunthorpe United where he made 11 goalless appearances. Returning to Barnsley two months later, Clint made no further first team appearances and left the club in May 2000 having scored nine times in 84 senior appearances.
Marcelle joined Hull City’s League Division 3 rivals Darlington in February 2001 and made 12 goalless appearances during the rest of the season. He played only four times for the Quakers in the early months of the 2001/02 season and left the club in the 2002 close season. In July 2002 he signed for Harrogate Town, the first of several non-league sides he served over the next two seasons. In July 2004 he was handed a chance to return to the Football League when his manager at previous club Scarborough, Russell Slade, took over the reins at Blundell Park. Clint was given a player-coach role but within two months and after only five senior appearances he stopped playing to focus on coaching duties, then left the club completely in February 2005. Clint returned to the non-league scene for another eighteen months before returning to Trinidad & Tobago in 2006. A year later he was appointed manager of Arima-based Trinidadian league side North East Stars, after performing that role for three years he opened a soccer academy in Trinidad.
Clint Marcelle was a Trinidad & Tobago international, he scored on his debut against Antigua & Barbuda in June 1992 then collected 23 international caps and scored five goals over the next eight years, winning his final cap in January 2000 against Costa Rica.
Nationality: Trinidad & Tobago
Date/Place of Birth: 9 November 1968, Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago)
Hull City First Game: 2 September 2000, Cheltenham Town H (League Division 3), 31 years, 298 days old
Hull City Final Game: 20 February 2001, Mansfield Town H (League Division 3), 32 years, 103 days old
United Petrotrin, Academica de Ciombra (1990-1991), Agueda (1991-1992), Vitoria Setubal (1992-1993), Rio Ave (1993-1994), Fegueiras (1994-1996), Barnsley (1996-2000), Scunthorpe United (1999, loan), Goole Town (2000), Hull City (2000-2001), Darlington (2001-2002), Harrogate Town (2002), Hucknall Town (2002-2003), Stevenage Borough (2003), Ossett Town (2003), Scarborough (2003-2004), Grimsby Town (2004-2005), Tamworth (2005), Arnold Town (2005), Gainsborough Trinity (2005), Armthorpe Welfare (2005-2006)
Hull City Record
Career: 25 apps, 2 goalsClint Marcelle
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