Neil Clarke (Australian footballer)

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Neil Clarke
Personal information
Date of birth 28 August 1957
Date of death 29 March 2003(2003-03-29) (aged 45)
Original team(s) Ringwood
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1977–1987 Essendon 135 (35)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1987.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Neil 'Nobby' Clarke (28 August 1957 – 29 March 2003) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

A defender, Clarke was also given many tagging roles during his career. He won Essendon's 'Best Clubman' in their premiership year of 1984 and went on to play 135 VFL games.[1] Clarke was found dead in his garage in 2003 at the age of just 45; he had been known to have been suffering from depression.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Caroline Wilson (5 April 2003). "A loss far bigger than the game". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 

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