David Clarke (Paralympic footballer)

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David Clarke
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-09-11) 11 September 1970 (age 48)
National team

David Clarke (born 11 September 1970) is an English former footballer, went to New College Worcester - school for the blind and visually impaired, whose career spanned 17 years from 1995 to 2012 for the England and Great Britain blind football team.[1]

Sports career[edit]

Clarke was part of the British team which finished fifth in the 5-a-side at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.[1][2] He was selected as the Stadium torch bearer for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, where he was the first person to receive the torch in the Stadium, and passed it to the final torch bearer.[3] He was a member of the 2012 Summer Paralympic blind-five-a-side Team GB football team.[3] He was guest of honour at the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic and handed the trophy over to his hometown team Wigan Athletic. He was inducted into the national football hall of fame in September 2013[citation needed]. David received a lifetime achievement award at the FA England football awards in February 2013 and received an honorary doctorate from the University Of Hertfordshire in November 2013.


  1. ^ a b "David Clarke v Wayne Rooney", Channel Four Paralympics.
  2. ^ "The Athletes: David Clarke", Channel Four Paralympics.
  3. ^ a b Olympic Broadcasting Service, channel IPC1, Paralympics International Feed, "2012 Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremonies", airdate 29 August 2012.