Adrian Clarke (footballer)

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Adrian Clarke
Personal information
Full name Adrian James Clarke
Date of birth (1974-09-28) 28 September 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Arsenal 7 (0)
1996 Rotherham United (loan) 2 (0)
1997 Southend United (loan) 7 (0)
1997–2000 Southend United 75 (8)
1999 Carlisle United (loan) 7 (0)
2000–2002 Stevenage Borough 70 (13)
2002 Hendon (loan) 4 (0)
2002–2004 Margate 57 (5)
Welling United ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adrian James Clarke (born 28 September 1974) is a former English footballer, who last played for Welling United. He was a midfielder who played seven Premier League games at Arsenal.

After he retired he became a journalist.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Cambridge, England, Clarke started his career at Arsenal where he played a total of nine games. He made his league debut on New Year's Eve 1994 as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Highbury. He had loan spells at Rotherham United and Southend United in 1996–97 before he signed for the Shrimpers on a free transfer in August 1997.

He played 75 league games for Southend scoring his first career goal in a 3–1 victory over Brentford on 5 September 1997.

Clarke joined Cumbrian side Carlisle United on loan in September 1999 before returning to Essex. He left Southend at the end of the 1999–2000 season and joined Stevenage Borough on a free transfer. In less than two seasons he played 70 games, scoring 13 goals, before another loan spell at Hendon. He spent just a month at Hendon but was snapped up by Margate on a free transfer at the end of his loan spell.

Clarke played 57 games for Margate scoring five goals before joining Welling United.


After he retired, Clarke re-trained as a journalist, landing a job at the Southend Evening Echo. He worked as a news editor of, a football editorial and signed memorabilia website,[1] and co-commentator on Arsenal's official online television channel.[2] He also presented the Soccerlens football podcast and now presents Red White & Blue.

He also hosts several shows like 'The Breakdown' and 'Anatomy of a Goal' on Arsenal Player, for which he has received high praise.


  1. ^ "Adrian Clarke Journalist and Footballer". Edge College. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Meet our new co-commentator, Adrian Clarke". Arsenal Football Club. 2008-09-16. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 

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