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‘Deadly Daryl Clare’ became the third former Chester City player to be induced into the City Fans United Hall of Fame on the reborn club’s launch night at Chester’s Guildhall on the 21st May 2010.

The Jersey born striker started his career as a trainee at Grimsby Town and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Mariners, scoring 10 goals. He spent spells on loan at Northampton and Cheltenham Town before a free transfer to Boston United.

He helped the Pilgrims achieve promotion to the Football League with an impressive strike rate of 25 goals in just 48 appearances. He started the following season for Boston before being allowed to drop back into the Conference to join Chester City.

He was soon back on goal scoring form, bagging a brace on his debut against Yeovil Town. His goals for Chester helped them to reach the Nationwide play-offs only to lose out to Doncaster Rovers. He went one better the following season, scoring 29 goals to win the Conference title and the Golden Boot award for the second time.

When financial problems hit the Deva Stadium, Clare left Chester and returned to Boston United with a proud record to boast – scoring 48 goals in 62 appearances, including three hat-tricks.

He never managed to regain the goal touch that he had during his first spell with the club and joined Crawley in August 2005 for a club record fee for the Red Devils.

Again financial troubles saw Daryl on the move and he left Crawley as a free agent to join the Brewers on transfer deadline day in March 2006. Ironically Daryl scored his first Albion goal against his former club.

Daryl scored one more goal during his first season before going on to score 18 times during the 2006/07 season.

Daryl placed himself amongst the all time Albion greats during his final season, finishing with a tally of 28 goals, becoming the first player to score more than 20 goals in a Brewers shirt since 1996.

Within days of missing out on a place in the play-off final at the end of the 2007/08 season it was announced that Daryl had left the club to join Rushden & Diamonds.  His stay at Nene Park lasted twelve months before Clare move to the north east to represent Gateshead.

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