George Clarke (footballer, born 1894)

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George Clarke
Personal information
Full name George Clarke[1]
Date of birth 3 December 1894
Place of birth Nantwich, England
Date of death 30 July 1960(1960-07-30) (aged 65)[1]
Place of death Willaston, England[1]
Playing position Left half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Nantwich Town
1919–1924 Stoke 156 (4)
1925–1926 Crewe Alexandra 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Clarke (3 December 1894 – 30 July 1960) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Crewe Alexandra and Stoke.[1]

Career[edit]

Clarke was born in Nantwich and played for his home town club, Nantwich Town.[1] Stoke signed Clarke in the summer of 1914 for £125 plus the proceeds of a game between the two sides.[1] He did not appear in the first team however until after World War I.[1] Throughout his career at Stoke he was a part timer combining football with his job of as tailor's cutter.[1] During the war he joined the Liverpool Scottish regiment and was involved in action in France. He was injured, suffering a broken leg but ironically it came playing football for the army.[1]

He recovered and returned to Stoke and became a regular in the side playing in five seasons for the "Potters" helping Stoke gain promotion in 1921–22.[1] He played as a hard working left half whose job was to win back possession of the ball, he did this for Stoke until he broke his leg again, this time in January 1924 against Leeds United in the FA Cup.[1] He never played again for Stoke and spent almost two years out of football before joining Crewe Alexandra. He managed only two matches for Crewe before retiring and became a scout instead.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from George Clarke profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke 1919–20 Second Division 30 1 1 0 31 1
1920–21 Second Division 41 0 1 0 42 0
1921–22 Second Division 42 1 5 0 47 1
1922–23 First Division 25 0 1 0 26 0
1923–24 Second Division 18 2 1 0 19 2
Total 156 4 9 0 165 4
Crewe Alexandra 1926–27 Third Division North 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 158 4 9 0 167 4

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.