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Born: 10 April 1966
Joined Wycombe: February 2005
- free transfer from Brentford.
Left June 2005 - free transfer to Millwall
Wycombe Debut: Swansea 2 Wycombe 2 - 15 Jan 2005
First Wycombe goal: Wycombe 2 Scunthorpe 1 - 15 Feb 2005
The deal eventually fell through after Claridge opted to join the full-time ranks at Crystal Palace. However, that deal lasted less than a month - moving to then Football League side Aldershot. His career would last more than 15 years with some of the most successful times during his career coming at Leicester City under former Wanderers' boss Martin O'Neill. In the summer of 2003 and after more than 600 senior appearances and 200 goals he would turn his eye to management at non-League Weymouth thanks to his friendship with Terras boss Ian Ridley. It proved a rollercoaster ride on the south coast with Ridley departing as Chairman and Claridge not far behind him in November 2004.
At 38 years old, Claridge picked up the pieces by joining Brighton on a short term contract and then Brentford. Unable to hold down a regular place with The Bees he did enough in his loan spell with Wycombe to be offered a permanent deal by Wanderers' boss John Gorman. Speaking after moving to Wycombe in January 2005 Claridge commented to the Bucks Free Press "I would like to think this will be my last club. I have had too many. I'm really pleased to come here and I'll be doing my best to make it a longer thing. I can't wait to get going. I think the last time I played in this division was with Cambridge and we won promotion hopefully that's an omen."
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