Clarke is a presenter on Absolute Radio and is a commentator for ITV Sport across their FA Cup and Europa League coverage. He was part of the team that covered the World Cup from Brazil. He has authored two documentaries, Football’s Suicide Secret and the critically acclaimed documentary “Is Football Racist?” for the BBC and further commissions are in development.
Widely regarded as one of the most eloquent professional footballers, the former PFA Chairman, Clarke was the first current professional footballer to appear on the BBC’s Question Time. He can also claim to have won Britain’s brainiest Footballer as well as appearing on three episodes of Channel 4 prime time quiz show Countdown.
Clarke retired at the end of the 2012-2013 season after making over 500 appearances at senior level.
His first book, A Footballer’s Life was published by Simon & Schuster .
Clarke made his debut for Blackpool in September 1997 before moving to Queens Park Rangers in 2000. He then had spells at Leeds United and Watford before joining Burnley. In 2000 Clarke was selected by Howard Wilkinson and won three caps for the England under-21s
Clarke has experienced the very highs of professional sport. He has won promotion with both Blackpool and Burnley, represented his country and has played at the home of English football Wembley Stadium. However, in 2001 Clarke suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury which sidelined him for a year, nearly ending his career.
Clarke is an ambassador for the mental health charity Mind and the Premier League Kick It Out Campaign which promotes inclusion and equality in football. He is an excellent motivational and corporate speaker and host. Please call Prime Performers on 0207 251 8222 to book Clarke.
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