8 August 2009

Richard Clarke

Name: Richard W. Clarke
Born: 28 November 1985, Castlederg
Height: 5.11 ft
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 3 Under-23 Caps (2007-2008), 7 Under-21 Caps / 2 Goals (2006), Under-19, Under-18.
Club Honours: (with Newry) Irish League Cup Runner-Up 2008/09; (with Glentoran) Irish Cup Winner 2012/13; Irish League Cup Winner 2009/10; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 2010/11; (with Crusaders) NIFL Premiership Champion 2014/15, 2015/16.

Club Career:
Teams..... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- -League- FACup FLCup Europe
Omagh Town 02/03-04/05 Aug-01 Youth
Newry City 04/05-08/09 Jan-05
Glentoran. 09/10-13/14 May-09 .£20k 203(-)/18* ......... 6(-)/1
Crusaders. 13/14-16/17 Jan-14 .Free
Ba'mallard 17/18- date May-17
* all domestic games.

Tyrone-man Richard Clarke made his name with Newry City, adding seven Under-21 caps to the youth honours he had won while with Omagh Town. He had moved to the Showgrounds from a struggling Omagh shortly before they folded in 2005, quickly establishing himself as one of the most highly rated  players in the Irish League.

In 2007 Clarke spent a trial spell with Sheffield United and a deal with Barnsley brokedown at a late stage. He remained with Newry and added Under-23 caps to his collection through 2007 and 2008 in the International Challenge Trophy, the final of three as captain against Slovakia. Mid-way through the 2008/09 season he was once again heavily tipped for a move, with an offer from Linfield turned-down, and he remained with Newry to captain them in a rare cup final appearance, a 1-0 defeat by Portadown in the League Cup.

Clarke joined Glentoran as a free agent in the summer of 2009, though the Belfast club had to pay Newry a development fee. Although the Glens struggled in the League during Clarke's spell with the club, he did taste successes in the Co. Antrim Shield, defeating Linfield 3-1 in the final, and Irish Cup, though he was sent-off in the 2013 final win over Cliftonville. Having struggled for a firstteam spot at the Oval through the first-half of the 2013/14 season, Clarke agreed to join Crusaders on a two-and-a-half year deal after the cash-strapped Glentoran canceled his contract by mutual consent.

Away from playing, Clarke has worked as part if the Irish FA's Primary School Coaching Programme.

NI Football League

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
06-02-2006 Israel....... A W 1-0 FR
08-02-2006 Israel....... A W 1-0 FR. 1 goal
28-02-2006 Wales........ A W 1-0 FR
12-04-2006 Leichtenstein A W 4-1 ECQ
10-05-2006 Leichtenstein H W 4-0 ECQ 1 goal
16-08-2006 Romania...... A L 0-3 ECQ sub
01-09-2006 Germany...... H L 2-3 ECQ

Summary: 6(1)/2. Won 5, Drew 0, Lost 2.

Northern Ireland Under-23 Cap Details:
11-12-2007 Belgium...... A L 1-2 ICT
13-05-2008 Rep. Ireland. H L 0-1 ICT
18-11-2008 Slovakia..... A L 0-1 ICT

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.

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