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24. Peter CLARKE

Position: Defender

Signed (From): Fleetwood Town (2020)

Debut: vs. Watford (04/01/20)

Former Clubs: Fleetwood Town, Oldham Athletic, Bury, Blackpool, Huddersfield Town, Southend United, Coventry City (loan), Port Vale (loan), Blackpool (loan), Everton

TRFC Achievements: N/A

Born in Southport, veteran centre-back Peter Clarke came through the youth ranks at Everton, signing a professional contract in January 1999. He made his senior debut in a 1-3 win at Coventry City on 20th January 2001, his only appearance of the season.

Loan spells at Blackpool (Aug — Nov 2002), Port Vale (Feb — May 2003) and Coventry (Feb — March 2004) afforded Clarke 38 games to aid his development, however he departed Goodison Park in September 2004 having made just 14 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions.

A talented prospect, Peter had been awarded 8 caps by the England Under-21 team during his time on the blue half of Liverpool and he was signed by Blackpool manager Colin Hendry, initially on loan before a £150,000 permanent transfer was completed shortly thereafter.

He had an immediate impact at Bloomfield Road, representing the Tangerines 43 times and scoring 6 goals on his way to securing the Club's Player of the Season 2004-05 award. The following season, Peter played on 50 occasions and scored 8 goals, catching the eye of Championship Southend United.

Signing for Steve Tilson's side in August 2006, Clarke couldn't prevent the Shrimpers suffering an immediate relegation to League One, however in the subsequent two years he would become an integral part of the United team. His influence saw him named the Club's Player of the Season 2008-09.

Across his 3-year tenure at Roots Hall, Peter made 150 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals, alerting a number of Southend's rival clubs.

It was Huddersfield Town who secured his services in June 2009, with Terriers manager Lee Clarke naming his namesake the Club's captain for the 2009-10 campaign. Peter didn't disappoint, making 54 appearances and scoring 6 goals in his debut season in Yorkshire, enough to secure the Club's Player of the Year 2009-10 award, repeating the feat the following year with the Player of the Year 2010-11 award. His performances also gained external recognition, winning the PFA League One Fans' Player of the Year 2010-11.

Clarke would become a key component of Huddersfield's push for the Championship, finally securing promotion through the 2011-12 League One Play-offs. After two seasons in the second tier, he would bring his 5-year association with the Terriers to a close following 224 appearances and 11 goals, rejoining Championship rivals Blackpool in July 2014.

The Tangerines' 2014-15 season was a disaster, finishing bottom of the Championship with just 4 wins all season, and they were relegated to League One having conceded 91 goals. With 41 appearances and 2 goals, Clarke's return to Bloomfield Road would last just one year, joining League One Bury for the 2015-16 season.

With 50 appearances and 1 goal in his debut season for the Shakers, Peter secured the Club's Player of the Season award for 2015-16. He also earned a transfer to League One contemporaries Oldham Athletic in July 2016.

Following the pattern of his career, he made an immediate impact at Boundary Park, playing 53 times, scoring 6 goals and winning the Club's Player of the Season 2016-17 award. He started the 2017-18 campaign with a further 22 appearances and 3 goals for the Latics, before returning to Bury on loan in January 2018. Unfortunately, his 18 appearances for the Shakers could not prevent relegation to League Two in May 2018 and he returned to Oldham for the 2018-19 season.

With Oldham relegated alongside Bury, Clarke found himself playing in League Two for the first time in his career, adding a further 49 appearances and 6 goals to his Boundary Park total. In a poor season for the Latics, Peter maintained his standards and was again voted the Club's Player of the Season 2018-19.

Peter joined League One Fleetwood Town in August 2019, making 17 appearances and scoring 3 goals for the Cod Army in the first half of the 2019-20 season.

Clarke joined Tranmere on 1st January 2020, making his debut 3 days later in an epic 3-3 FA Cup comeback at Premier League Watford on 4th January 2020.

Interesting Fact: By signing for Rovers on 1st January 2020, Peter became the Club's first signing of the decade.