Pat Clarke

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Pat Clarke
Personal information
Full name Patrick Clarke
Date of birth (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Dunfermline Athletic 2 (0)
2004–2005Berwick Rangers (loan) 10 (1)
2005–2006 Raith Rovers 18 (4)
2005Arbroath (loan) 13 (5)
2006–2008 Cowdenbeath 44 (19)
2008–2009 Clyde 40 (17)
2009–2010 Dundee 17 (1)
2010–2012 Dunfermline Athletic 33 (9)
2012Raith Rovers (loan) 15 (4)
2012–2013 Raith Rovers 35 (7)
2013–2014 East Fife 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Patrick "Pat" Clarke (born 18 May 1985) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a forward. Clarke started his career with Dunfermline Athletic who he played for over two spells. He has also played for Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath, Clyde, Dundee and East Fife, as well as Berwick Rangers and Arbroath on loan.



Clarke who was born in Edinburgh started his career at Hibernian before joining Dunfermline Athletic.[1] He made his senior debut on 17 April 2004, in a 1–1 draw with Dundee United. His next appearance was a month later, when he came on as a substitute against Rangers. He joined Berwick Rangers on loan from October 2004 to January 2005. He was released by Dunfermline when he returned from his loan.

Clarke then joined Fife rivals Raith Rovers. He made his debut against Clyde on 12 February 2005, and scored two goals. Clarke joined Arbroath on a six-month loan in August 2005, and got his first senior hat-trick when Arbroath beat East Stirlingshire 7–2 in November 2005. Clarke returned to Rovers in January, and remained there until the end of the season.

Clarke joined another Fife club, Cowdenbeath in July 2006. He made a great start to his career at Central Park, scoring 4 goals in his first four games. His rich vein of form continued throughout the season, and he scored 5 goals in one match versus Stranraer in March 2007. He ended the season with 17 goals. Clarke got his third career hat-trick against former club Berwick Rangers in October 2007.

Clyde & Dundee[edit]

On 15 January 2008, it was announced Clarke had signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish First Division side Clyde.[2] However, both clubs agreed a fee which allowed Clarke to move to Broadwood Stadium on 29 January 2008.[3] He made his debut in a 3–1 defeat by Stirling Albion on 2 February 2008. He scored his first goal three weeks later, netting Clyde's only goal in a defeat to Dunfermline Athletic, from the penalty spot.[4] Despite scoring a double on the final day of the season in a 3–0 win over Stirling Albion, Clyde still finished in the playoff position due to Greenock Morton winning.[5] However, he netted once in a 6–5 aggregate win over Alloa in the playoffs semifinals,[6] and scored a goal in both legs of the 3–0 aggregate final win over Airdrie United.[7] Clarke's contract was terminated in June 2009, following Clyde's relegation and financial troubles.[8] He went on to sign for Dundee on a three-year contract.

Fife return[edit]

On 15 July 2010 it was announced that Pat Clarke had been released by Dundee so he could join Dunfermline Athletic on a 2-year contract.[9] On 1 January 2012, he signed on loan to First Division Raith Rovers.[10] In June 2012 Clarke signed a permanent deal with the Stark's Park side following his release by Dunfermline. Clarke signed for East Fife in July 2013,[11] playing for the side for just one season before leaving in May 2014.[12] Since retiring from football, in late 2015 Pat released an autobiography titled "Gamekeeper turned poacher, trials and tribulations of the fife flyer - Pat Clarke". In 2017, following a conviction for crimes against waistcoats following an infamous fashion decision made in Newcastle, Pat confirmed to the waiting press that he is indeed "absolutely whipped" and would only make rare and occasional forays to join the lads on a night out. In 2018, it was revealed that Pat is indeed going to join the lads on a holiday to Las Vegas, Nevada. Pat is yet to confirm as to whether the waistcoat will indeed be on the plane or otherwise.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pat just loves to play". Scottish Football League. 22 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  2. ^ Clarke signs pre-contract
  3. ^ Clyde sign Clarke
  4. ^ "Clyde 1–2 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC News. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  5. ^ Clyde 3–0 Stirling Albion – BBC Sport Retrieved on 26 April 2008
  6. ^ Clyde 5–3 Alloa Athletic – BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 May 2008
  7. ^ Clyde 2–0 Airdrie United – BBC Sport Retrieved on 10 May 2008
  8. ^ "Club Statement – Players Contracts". Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Striker Clarke moves on to Dundee". BBC Sport. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  10. ^ "Striker Returns". Raith Rovers F.C. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  11. ^ "East Fife have signed 28 year old forward Pat Clarke for the forthcoming season. Welcome to Bayview!". East Fife Twitter. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Team News". 21 May 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2016.

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