Clayton Failla (born 8 January 1986 in Żabbar, Malta) is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Hamrun Spartans F.C., where he plays as a midfielder and occasionally as a defender.
|Full name||Clayton Failla|
|Date of birth||8 January 1986|
|Place of birth||Żabbar, Malta|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Żabbar St. Patrick|
|2002–2005||Żabbar St. Patrick||33||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:41, 7 December 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 January 2018
Failla began his career with his boyhood team St. Patrick as a trainee. In 2001–02 he was promoted to the senior team squad, getting three games as a substitute. He was a first team regular when the team won promotion in 2003–04. He made his Premier Division debut during the 2004–05 season.
Failla showed potential, despite St. Patrick's disappointing season,. In January 2005, Failla moved to Hibernians. During his time with St. Patrick, he made 33 appearances and scored two goals.
Failla continued the second half of the 2004–05 season with Hibernians, and played in their first team squad. Failla helped his new side to a third-place finish in the Maltese Premier League, making 11 appearances and scoring one goal in the process.
Failla began the 2005–06 season as an established member of the first team squad. Hibernians managed their second third-place finish in as many seasons. Failla did however get his hands on his first piece of silverware with Hibernians as the club won the Maltese Cup, after beating Floriana 1–0 in the final. During the season Failla made 23 appearances and scored one goal.
For the 2006–07 season Failla made 22 appearances, but failing to find the net, as the team recorded a fifth-place finish in the Maltese Premier League]. Failla did however add to his previous success as Hibernians beat Sliema Wanderers on penalties to retain the Maltese Cup. Failla made 22 appearance and scored twice in season 2007–08.
In the 2008–09 season, Hibernians won the Maltese Premier League for the first time in seven years, after beating Valletta to the top table finish by one point. During the season Failla made 27 appearances, scored seven goals and provided 11 assists. He was chosen as Man of the Match nine times during the season, most for any Premier Division player. Failla also added to his honours the Maltese Player of the Year award.
On 17 June 2009, Failla made the move from Hibernians to Sliema Wanderers and was allocated the number 77 shirt. He made his Premier League debut for Sliema Wanderers on 30 August 2009 in a 1–0 defeat to Qormi, he played 77 minutes of the match, before been substituted for Matthew Bartolo.
Failla scored his first Premier League goal for Sliema Wanderers on 17 October 2009, when he scored the third goal in a 5–0 victory over Ħamrun Spartans.
On 9 August 2011, Failla returned to his former club Hibernians, for the 2011–12 season of the Maltese Premier League. Failla had a trial with Hull City of England, playing for the team in a summer tournament. Failla is also the current captain of Hibernians.
On the 28th of May 2017, Clayton was officially announced as a signing for the Maltese Premier League Club Floriana. Failla thanked Hibernians for the past experience with the Paolites whilst looking forward for his experience with the Greens.
Failla is also an international player for the Malta national football team. He made his international debut in 2008. He is usually played in defence but is sometimes played in the midfield.
- Maltese Player of the Year: 2008–09, 2011–12
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Malta||League||Maltese Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2004–05||St. Patrick||Maltese Premier League||13||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||1|