Former Norwich City schoolboy Clayton Fortune started to play
at the age of 8 for a Sunday league team called Abbey Raiders
in the Waltham Forest League. He played left midfield for the
U-10's & then went onto primary school and district trials
for Newham where he was spotted by Charlton scouts at the age
of 11. Between 11 and 13 he played for Senrab Sunday team whose
players included Leon Knight , Jermaine Defoe , Lee Bowyer , Ade
Akinbiyi & Bobby Zamora.
He left the game for a couple of years and then at 15 went to
Norwich City for a short period until a year later when he signed
an academy contract for Tottenham Hotspur. He played for Tottenham
Hotspur's Under 17 and Under 19 Academy sides in a number of games
during 1999/2000. Clayton comes from a footballing family with
his father a former apprentice at Tottenham, cousin Jonathan at
Charlton and uncle Leo Fortune-West at Cardiff.
In April 2001, various sources (The
Dugout, "Mine Eyes Have
Seen The Glory) reported that Clayton had joined Bristol City
after being released by Spurs. He made his league debut for Bristol
City against Peterborough in December 2001.
In June 2004, Clayton was the subject of two bids from Coca-Cola
Championship side Preston but they were both knocked back by The
Robins, who are reluctant to sell the central defenderr. Bristol
City player-boss Brian Tinnion confirmed the bids from Preston
before acknowledging his determination to keep Fortune at Ashton
Gate. "We turned down a £100,000 offer a little
while ago and they've come back with an increased offer of £150,000
but we've rejected that too," Tinnion
told the club's official website. "I see Clayton very
much in my plans for next season and I certainly don't want to
sell him." But Preston chairman Derek Shaw has revealed
his club's offer was £100,000 in excess of what The Robins
have stated. Shaw commented: "I can confirm that we have
had a bid for Bristol City's Clayton Fortune rejected. However,
I have to go on record as saying that the final deal was more
near £250,000 rather than the £150,000 that was quoted."
Clayton was loaned to Port Vale at the beginning of November
2005. BBC Ceefax reported on 24th April 2006 that Bristol City
had accepted an undisclosed fee from the Valiants for Clayton's
permanent transfer although this was contradicted by reports on
9th May 2006 that Clayton had been released by the Robins. On
7th July 2006, it was announced that Clayton would be training
with Derby County.
On 2nd August 2006, Clayton returned to London signing a two-year
contract with Leyton Orient. He returned to Port Vale on 22nd
November 2006 on a loan transfer
Clayton was one of six players, along with Jabo Ibehre, Wayne
Corden, Sam Oji, Efe Echanomi and Raphael Sylvester, told by Orient
on 8th May 2008 that the club would not be renewing their contracts.
Clayton signed for Darlington on 28th June 2008.
Clayton joined Conference side Rushden & Diamonds on a one-month
loan deal on 6th November 2008. He made his debut on 8th November
in a 1-0 Conference win over Weymouth.
On 23rd July 2009, Clayton signed for Conference South side Weston-Super-Mare.
He made a total of 31 appearances, scoring five goals for the
club, who narrowly escaped relegation
In July 2010, Fortune signed a one-year contract with Aldershot
Town after impressing on trial. He made just three league starts,
and was not offered a new contract at the end of the season.
He signed with Southern League side Mangotsfield United in June
2012, in what was described as a "huge coup for the club".Fortune
made his debut for Mangotsfield in a 10 home defeat to Cirencester
Town on 18th August. On 3 October, he moved up a division to join
Chippenham Town, having impressed against the club in an FA Cup
clash with Mangotsfield. However he left the club just four weeks
later after playing just two games; manager Nathan Rudge said
that he "never really got going with us."