David Clarke (five-a-side footballer)

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David Clarke (born 9 November 1970) is an English footballer, who is the "longest serving member of the England five-a-side football team", for blind football.[1]

Sports career[edit]

Clarke has been described as England's greatest goalscorer. As of 5 August 2010, he had scored 106 goals for the England national five-a-side team, and had 109 international caps. He had won five international tournament silver medals with the team, and had won the European Championships Golden Boot three times. He was also part of the British team which finished fifth at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.[1][2] He was selected as the Stadium torch bearer for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, where he was the first person to receive the torch in the Stadium, and passed it to the final torch bearer.[3] He was a member of the 2012 Summer Paralympic blind-five-a-side Team GB football team.[3] He was also guest of honour at the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic and handed the trophy over to the winning team. He was also inducted into the national football hall of fame in September 2013[citation needed].


  1. ^ a b "David Clarke v Wayne Rooney", Channel Four Paralympics.
  2. ^ "The Athletes: David Clarke", Channel Four Paralympics.
  3. ^ a b Olympic Broadcasting Service, channel IPC1, Paralympics International Feed, "2012 Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremonies", airdate 29 August 2012.