From: West Perth
Number: 8 (1955)
Games: 1 (58 total)
Goals: 0 (11 total)
Debuting in the WAFL in 1950, Clarke played as a ruckman and forward but saw his early career severely hampered by injury. He managed just 77 games in five years, but played in West Perth's 1951 Grand Final victory. Two years later he played another Grand Final but was this time on the losing side.
Clarke had played six times for Western Australia, so when he was transferred to Victoria for work and Melbourne signed him they were getting one of the country's best. Clarke only managed just one game for the Demons, as a reserve, when the league ruled that he had not fulfilled the necessary residential qualifications to play in the league. He had previously been pursued by a number of VFL clubs, including Essendon and Fitzroy.
At the end of that year left to join Williamstown in the VFA, with Melbourne promising to give him another go at league football if he was offered a chance. Carlton stepped in to sign him before he played a game with the Seagulls and the Demons agreed to a clearance.
Clarke played out his last four VFL seasons at Princes Park. He was cut from the Blues' list in June 1958. He was initially linked to North Melbourne after being offered a clearance to any club, but when he applied to go to St Kilda Carlton rejected his bid and named him as an emergency for that week's game against Melbourne. He came in as a late replacement and stayed with the club until the end of 1958. The club denied they had dropped him from the list the previous week.
During Carlton committee elections he had been one of the players who had organised meeting to support ruckman Ken Hands, and early in 1958 he was reprimanded by the committee for passing on rumours about players from conversations he'd overheard.