DOB: 26 December 1930
From: North Launceston
Number: 26 1951-1955
North Launceston beat out several other clubs for his services in 1949 and Clarke would go on to play for the club in two straight NTFA premierships and the 1950 state championship victory over Hobart. Melbourne moved for him and he was eventually cleared to the Demons after a six week wrangle. Eventually he had to go through an appeal with the league to be cleared against his club's wishes, before they withdrew their objections. During his wait he had played two games with the South Colts team.
He booted 25 goals in 13 games in his rookie year despite playing in just one win from 13 matches and was referred to in the Football Record as "one of the best recruits ever to come into the game".
In a much improved Demons side the next year he kicked 49 goals. In 1953 Melbourne went back to being a disappointment, and called into more defensive duties, Clarke managed just six goals in 15 matches.
In 1955 he kicked seven goals in Round 2, but then suffered a string of injuries. He hurt his back, his thigh and then his shoulder. He missed seven matches in a row before being surprisingly recalled for the 1955 Grand Final. Clarke kicked three goals to win a premiership in his last VFL match.
In early 1956, at the age of 25, he returned to Tasmania and joined North Hobart, topping the league goalkicking in the first season and playing for Tasmania in the Perth Carnival. In 1958 he joined New Norfolk as captain/coach and led the league goalkicking again in 1961.
Clarke achieved the rare feat of being selected in three "best" teams. As full-forward for North Launceston, centre-half forward for New Norfolk and amongst the best at North Hobart.
Recruited to North Launceston from "Tech"