Clarke, Allen

Birth Date

2nd December 1952


Crayford, Kent



Biographical Text

Goalkeeper Allen Clarke played sixteen league games for Exeter City during the course of 1973. Initially signed on loan, he later signed permanently and made a number of appearances as second-choice behind Bob Wilson. He joined the club from Charlton Athletic and later played for Dartford. 

Allen started his playing career with Slade Green in 1967 as a 15-year-old before joining
Charlton Athletic as an apprentice in 1969 and signing as a full professional in 1970. After a loan spell at Margate, he made his Charlton debut in a league cup-tie and played two league games for the club whilst also making an appearance when on loan at Bristol Rovers. 

Joining Exeter City on loan in February 1973, Allen went straight into the side following an injury to regular keeper Bob Wilson and made his debut at Gillingham on 24 February 1973. Staying until the end of the season he made eight league appearances for Exeter before being released by Charlton at the end of the season and returning on a permanent basis to St James' Park ahead of 1973/74.

Again deputising for Bob Wilson, Allen played a further eight games for the Grecians between October and December 1973 before departing the club the following summer and signing for Dartford. He later rejoined Slade Green. 


Exeter City league games only




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