Clarke, Horace

Birth Date

6th December 1890


Newstead, Nottinghamshire



Biographical Text

Horace Clarke had a single season with Exeter City in the early 1920s. He joined the club from Chesterfield having started his career with Sheffield Wednesday. Prior to signing for Exeter he had also appeared for Coventry, Grimsby and Merthyr and later played for Mansfield. 

A miner at Pleasley Colliery - and having played for Ripley Town and Shirebook - Horace joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1914 and, after a season whilst football continued, his career was subsequently put on hold during the First World War. Resuming with Coventry City in 1919, he made 19 league appearances for his new club before switching to Grimsby Town followed by moves to Merthyr Town and, in 1921, Chesterfield. 

Spending a season at Saltergate, Horace signed for Exeter City in May 1922 and made his Grecians' debut in the second league match of the season against Brighton and Hove Albion. Playing most of his football during the first-half of the season, he didn't appear for the first-team after the end of January and was released at the end of the campaign. 

Horace then signed for Mansfield Town of the Midland League and also turned out for other teams in the Nottinghamshire area ahead of his death in Brinsley in June 1974.





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