Pat Clarke

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Pat Clarke
Personal information
Full name Patrick Clarke
Date of birth (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
East Fife
Youth career
Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Dunfermline Athletic 2 (0)
2004–2005 Berwick Rangers (loan) 10 (1)
2005–2006 Raith Rovers 18 (4)
2005 Arbroath (loan) 13 (5)
2006–2008 Cowdenbeath 44 (19)
2008–2009 Clyde 40 (17)
2009–2010 Dundee 17 (1)
2010–2012 Dunfermline Athletic 33 (9)
2012 Raith Rovers (loan) 15 (4)
2012–2013 Raith Rovers 35 (7)
2013– East Fife 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Patrick "Pat" Clarke (born 18 May 1985) is a Scottish football forward currently playing for East Fife.

Career[edit]

Clarke who was born in Edinburgh started his career at Hibernian before joining Dunfermline Athletic.[1] He made his senior debut on 17 April 2004, in a 1–1 draw with Dundee United. His next appearance was a month later, when he came on as a substitute against Rangers. He joined Berwick Rangers on loan from October 2004 to January 2005. He was released by Dunfermline when he returned from his loan.

Clarke then joined Fife rivals Raith Rovers. He made his debut against Clyde on 12 February 2005, and scored two goals. Clarke joined Arbroath on a six-month loan in August 2005, and got his first senior hat-trick when Arbroath beat East Stirlingshire 7–2 in November 2005. Clarke returned to Rovers in January, and remained there until the end of the season.

Clarke joined another Fife club, Cowdenbeath in July 2006. He made a great start to his career at Central Park, scoring 4 goals in his first four games. His rich vein of form continued throughout the season, and he scored 5 goals in one match versus Stranraer in March 2007. He ended the season with 17 goals. Clarke got his third career hat-trick against former club Berwick Rangers in October 2007.

On 15 January 2008, it was announced Clarke had signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish First Division side Clyde.[2] However, both clubs agreed a fee which allowed Clarke to move to Broadwood Stadium on 29 January 2008.[3] He made his debut in a 3–1 defeat by Stirling Albion on 2 February 2008. He scored his first goal three weeks later, netting Clyde's only goal in a defeat to Dunfermline Athletic, from the penalty spot.[4] Despite scoring a double on the final day of the season in a 3–0 win over Stirling Albion, Clyde still finished in the playoff position due to Greenock Morton winning.[5] However, he netted once in a 6–5 aggregate win over Alloa in the semi-finals of the playoffs,[6] and scored a goal in both legs of the 3–0 aggregate final win over Airdrie United.[7] Clarke's contract was terminated in June 2009, following Clyde's relegation and financial troubles.[8] He went on to sign for Dundee on a three-year contract. On 15 July 2010 It was announced that Pat Clarke had been released by Dundee so he could join Dunfermline Athletic on a 2-year contract.[9]

On 1 January 2012, he signed on loan to First Division Raith Rovers.[10] In June 2012 Clarke signed a permanent deal with the Stark's Park side following his release by Dunfermline.

On 21 July 2013, it was confirmed that Clarke had signed for East Fife.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pat just loves to play". scottishfootballleague.com (Scottish Football League). 22 October 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Clarke signs pre-contract
  3. ^ Clyde sign Clarke
  4. ^ "Clyde 1–2 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC News. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008. 
  5. ^ Clyde 3–0 Stirling Albion – BBC Sport Retrieved on 26 April 2008
  6. ^ Clyde 5–3 Alloa Athletic – BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 May 2008
  7. ^ Clyde 2–0 Airdrie United – BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 May 2008
  8. ^ "Club Statement – Players Contracts". clydefc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Striker Clarke moves on to Dundee". BBC Sport. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Striker Returns". Raith Rovers F.C. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  11. ^ [1]

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