John Parke (footballer)

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John Parke
Personal information
Full name John Parke
Date of birth (1937-08-06)6 August 1937
Place of birth Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
Date of death 27 August 2011(2011-08-27) (aged 74)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1963 Linfield
1963–1964 Hibernian 21 (0)
1964–1968 Sunderland 85 (0)
1967 Vancouver Royal Canadians (loan)[1] 7 (0)
1968 KV Mechelen 39 (0)
Total 152+ (0+)
National team
1963–1967 Northern Ireland 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Parke (6 August 1937 – 27 August 2011) was a Northern Irish association football player who played for Linfield, Hibernian, Sunderland, Vancouver Royal Canadians, KV Mechelen and the Northern Ireland national football team as a full back.

Club career[edit]

He started his professional footballing career in his native Northern Ireland with Cliftonville before joining their rivals Linfield in 1954.[2] Having been a key player in the club's 'Seven Trophy' season of 1961/62, he moved to Scotland with Hibernian in 1963 where he made 23 appearances, scoring no goals and moved to Sunderland in 1964.[2] Parke made his debut for Sunderland on 21 November 1964 against Sheffield United in a 3–0 defeat at Bramall Lane.[3] He went on to make 85 league appearances for the club.[4] He joined Belgian club KV Mechelen before retiring in 1968.[2]

International career[edit]

He won his first cap for Northern Ireland on 12 November 1963 in a 2–1 win against Scotland. He went on to make a further 13 caps for his country, making it a total of 14 caps, with 0 goals.[2]


Parke died of Alzheimer's disease in 2011, aged 74.[5]


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  2. ^ a b c d "John Parke". Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield United 3-0 Sunderland". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  4. ^ "John Parke". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  5. ^ Notice of death in The Belfast Telegraph

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