|Date of birth||1 February 1956|
|Place of birth||Gateshead, England|
|1975–1976||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||6||(0)|
|1976–1977||→ Peterborough United (loan)||3||(0)|
|1977||→ Connecticut Bicentennials (loan)||17||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Gateshead, Parkin spent his youth career with Ipswich Town and turned professional with Ipswich in December 1973, He was sent out on loan to Grimsby Town during the 1975–76 season and then to Peterborough United the following season. Later in 1977 he was loaned to Connecticut Bicentennials of the North American Soccer League. He made his Ipswich debut in the 1978 FA Charity Shield, but had made fewer than 20 first team appearances by the age of 27.
Despite becoming a first team regular during the 1983–84 season, Parkin soon returned to being a reserve player. His final appearance for Ipswich was a League Cup defeat to Cambridge United, and he left he club in 1987. He subsequently joined Bury Town, where he played until 1990.
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