John Parke (footballer)
|Full name||John Parke|
|Date of birth||6 August 1937|
|Place of birth||Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland|
|Date of death||27 August 2011(aged 74)|
|* 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, KV Mechelen and the Northern Ireland national football team as a full back.
He started his professional footballing career in his native Northern Ireland with Cliftonville before joining their rivals Linfield in 1954. 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. Parke made his debut for Sunderland on 21 November 1964 against Sheffield United in a 3–0 defeat at Bramall Lane. He went on to make 85 league appearances for the club. He joined Belgian club KV Mechelen before retiring in 1968.
Parke died of Alzheimer's disease in 2011, aged 74.