Player #221

Appearances:

216

Starts:

216

Goals:

96

Seasons:

7

Clem Stephenson
Clem Stephenson

Source: Football card #439 Clem Stephenson issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Clem Stephenson
Clem Stephenson

Source: Football card #439 Clem Stephenson issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Clem Stephenson

Position

Forward

From

1910-11

To

1920-21

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Clem Stephenson

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Seasons

Age*

20
21
22
23
24
29
30

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

216
5
20
40
41
39
45
26

Starts

216
5
20
40
41
39
45
26

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

96
3
10
18
14
12
29
10

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Clement Stephenson

Birth Date

Thursday, 6 February 1890

Birth Place

New Delaval, Northumberland

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Durham City

From

For

£175

On

March 1910

Previous Clubs

Bedlington |
1905 New Delaval Villa |
1906 West Stanley |
1907 Blyth Spartans |
1908 Durham City |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Huddersfield Town

For

£3,000

On

March 1921

Subsequent Clubs

1920-29 Huddersfield Town |

Clem Stephenson
Clem Stephenson

Source: Football card #439 Clem Stephenson issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Clem Stephenson
Clem Stephenson

Source: Football card #439 Clem Stephenson issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1911-21 £175, 216 | 96 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 25 February 1911

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 25 February 1911

Tottenham Hotspur (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 25 February 1911

Final Appearance

Saturday, 5 March 1921

Tottenham Hotspur (a), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 5 March 1921

Honours

1912-13 FA Cup Winners |
1919-20 FA Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

24 October 1961, Aged 71

Clem Stephenson

Player #221 for Aston Villa, Clement Stephenson, known as Clem Stephenson played as a forward for the club in the inside forward position.

Clem played for Villa between 1910-11 and 1920-21 making 216 appearances.

Clem was born in New Delaval, Northumberland on 6th February 1890 and made his debut appearance for Villa at the age of 21 on the 25th February 1911.

Villa had signed Clem from Durham City for £175 in March 1910.

During his time with Villa, Clem won the FA Cup twice - in 1912-13 and 1919-20 as well as reaching the semi-finals in 1913-14.

Clem's time with Villa saw them finish league runners up 3 times within which Clem played an integral role.

Indeed Clem is an undoubted Villa great who was described as having skills for passing that were “were as sweet as stolen kisses”. Clem was a handy goalscorer too - hitting the net at a rate of nearly a goal every other game for the club.

Clem also gained notoriety for what was either a cheeky sense of humour or a penchant for superstition.

Regardless of the source it was of great interest that having claimed that he had dreamt on the eve of the 1913 FA Cup final that Villa would win the Cup - nothing too remarkable given he was to play the following day - he also dreamt that team-mate Tommy Barber would head the winner.

Clem, in a bad tempered final against a thuggish Sunderland retaliated for the assaults by cheekily winding up Sunderland’s Charlie Buchan with his dream claim.

In keeping with his team's approach to the game, Buchan pushed Clem aside saying “Ah, get away with you”.

Yet mystical Clem had the last laugh as Barber did indeed head the winning goal to win the FA Cup for Villa for a record fifth time.

Beyond his skills for premonition Clem was instrumental in both FA Cup wins - an ever present in the 1912-13 campaign, scoring 5 goals including the crucial winner in the Semi Final tie against Oldham Athletic.

Clem was also an ever-present in the 1919-20 FA Cup win.

Clem would play in the final against Huddersfield Town held at Stamford Bridge in front of a much reduced crowd of 50,018 which saw Villa take the cup in extra time after a 100’ minute winner from Billy Kirton.

Clem was to play his last game for Villa on 5th March 1921, 10 years and 1 months after his debut, at the age of 31.

Clem was then sold to Villa’s victims in the previous year’s FA Cup Final, Huddersfield Town, for £3,000.

Clem’s contribution to Villa and football generally was recognised by his nomination to the top 100 players in English league history - an accolade he held with fellow Villa legends Sam Hardy, Archie Hunter and Paul McGrath as well as ex-Villains Trevor Ford and Danny Blanchflower.

Clem was brother to George and Jimmy Stephenson who both represented Villa with the latter playing in the same side as Clem.

Clem played his entire Villa career under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

Clem passed away in Huddersfield on 24th October 1961 aged 71.