A product of Drumcondra F.C., Clarke played for his country at youth level against England in 1938. Shortly after he joined Shamrock Rovers where he spent 12 seasons as a defender. However, he joined Rovers as a striker and scored a hat-trick in one of his first games for the club. He played nine times for the League of Ireland XI while at Glenmalure Park.
His son Jackie Clarke (footballer) played for the Hoops in the 1970s.
- League of Ireland: 1
- Shamrock Rovers 1938/39
- FAI Cup: 5
- The Hoops by Paul Doolan and Robert Goggins (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)