Personal Details

Leyton Orient FC
Full Name:
Craig clay
Date of Birth:
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Chesterfield FC
2010 (on loan)
Barrow AFC
2012 (on loan)
Alfreton Town FC
York City FC
FC Halifax Town
Worksop Town FC
Grimsby Town FC
Motherwell FC
Leyton Orient FC


So Craig – tell us a bit about yourself!

Hi my name is Craig clay, big Liverpool fan who plays for Leyton orient!

How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)

We always have music on before a game which gets you in the mood then just before the game I always do 5 knees to chest, not completely sure why but 5s my lucky number sooo 🤷🏻‍♂️😂

You came from the youth of Chesterfield FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the youth and the first team ?

When I first started training with the first team the intensity was a lot higher and of course the players were a lot smarter.

Craig, you made your debut for Chesterfield FC on 18 September 2010, in a 3–0 home win over Cheltenham Town FC. What can you remember about your first team debut with Chesterfield ?  

I just remember the gaffer telling me to get ready with a few minutes left and the nerves took over haha.

In May 2013, you moved from Chesterfield FC to York City FC. And you stay there for one season. How was your time there ?

Wasn’t my best time in football to be honest, it was first time living away with 3 other lads so I probably wasn’t as disciplined and committed as I should have been!

After your time by York City FC, you moved FC Halifax Town and Worksop Town FC. How did you experience these periods?

At this point I’d given up with football really, I was working with brother and playing part time for enjoyment, I knew a few lads from Nottingham at Worksop town so that was to try and enjoy the game again.

On 28 July 2014, you signed a one-year contract with Grimsby Town FC. And with Grimsby Town you beat Forest Green Rovers, at the Wembley Stadium in the 2016 National League play-off Final. And this meant Grimsby were promoted to League Two! How important was that moment for you ?

It was massive for us to get promoted with Grimsby, my first year with them we lost to Bristol rovers in the play-off final so the next year we had to that put that right!

After your time two years playing by Grimsby Town FC, you joined Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the football in England and Scotland ?

I’d say the football isn’t too different to be honest, when you play Celtic and rangers you have to sit back as they’re more dominant than everybody else! But other games are quite even games.

You have played at several football clubs. At which club did you learned the most?

I’d say I’ve took a little bit of something from every place I’ve been at, learnt from my mistakes at my time and York and then was just grateful after working with my brother than I managed to be successful in a trial at Grimsby!

Craig, what are your personal goals for the rest of this season?

Personal goals for the rest of the season is to get promoted with orient! Haha