Archie Clark (footballer)

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Archibald William "Archie" Clark (4 April 1904 – January 1967) was an English football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Shoreham, Kent, Clark started out at Grays Thurrock before turning professional and joining Brentford in March 1927. He only played one League game for the Bees, before moving to Arsenal in May the same year. Mainly used as a wing half at Arsenal, he was mostly a reserve, only playing one first-team game, in a 4–1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on 5 November 1927.[1]

He moved to Luton Town in November 1928 and spent three seasons there before joining Everton in 1931.[2] He was a near ever-present as they won the 1931–32 First Division title. However, he was forced out of the side by Cliff Britton and Joe Mercer and between 1932 and 1936 only played two League games. In 1936 he moved to Tranmere Rovers and won the 1937–38 Third Division North title.

Managerial career[edit]

He managed Gillingham for nineteen years, from 1939 to 1958.[3] He also had a brief spell as acting manager of Sheffield United.[4] He finished his career as a scout at Sheffield United. He died aged 62 in January 1967.


  1. ^ Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4. 
  2. ^ "Other Players 1920 – 1929". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gillingham Manager History – Past & Present – Soccer Base". Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "United Managers – Sheffield United – Club – Facts & Figures – Facts & Figures". Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 

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