Clarke warming up for Oxford United in 2011
|Full name||Ryan James Clarke|
|Date of birth||30 April 1982|
|Place of birth||Bristol, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2004||→ Southend United (loan)||1||(0)|
|2004||→ Kidderminster Harriers (loan)||6||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Forest Green Rovers (loan)||42||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Northwich Victoria (loan)||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:44, 23 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Bristol, Clarke started his career with Football League One side Bristol Rovers; during his time on Rovers' books he had spells on loan at Kidderminster Harriers, Southend United and Forest Green Rovers, where he worked with former England wicketkeeper Jack Russell as his goalkeeper coach.
Having joined Salisbury City from Bristol Rovers in August 2006 he became their first-choice goalkeeper and played 106 games in the next two seasons,[contradiction] playing a huge part in Salisbury's success in the following seasons.
In the summer of 2008, he broke a metatarsal while on holiday. This setback lead to James Bittner claiming the number one shirt from him, and Clarke was then loaned out to Northwich Victoria to reduce the club's wage bill.
Clarke joined Oxford United on 26 May 2009. He was their regular goalkeeper in the 2009–10 campaign and, despite his scoring an own goal in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final against York City on 16 May, his Oxford side still secured a return to the Football League after a four-year exile as 3–1 winners. At the end of the season, Clarke was voted Player of the Year by the Oxford supporters for his feats between the posts.
On 12 January 2011, Oxford United announced that Clarke had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, meaning he would stay at the club until 2014. On 30 January 2014, he signed another three-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2017.
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