Clive Richard Luke Clarke currently plays for Sunderland.
Clarke, a left back, is the second youngest of a family containing eight children. He started playing football with local club Newtown Schoolboys in his home town of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow. As well as his favoured position of left back, Clarke can also operate as a centre back, left midfielder, or a centre midfielder.
Clarke joined Stoke City as a trainee in August 1996, making his debut against Oldham in May 1999. He quickly became a regular in the team, making 55 appearances in the 1999/00 season and 33 appearances in the 2000/01 season although he was dropped from the side in February 2001, which prompted him to hand in a transfer request.
He returned to the side and went on to make a total of 262 appearances in all competitions for Stoke in nine years at the club, helping Stoke to the Division Two play-off semi-final on May 2001
and promotion to Division One (now the Championship) in May 2002.
West Ham United
Clarke signed for West Ham for a fee of £275,000 at the end of July 2005, brought to the club by the then manager, Alan Pardew, who wanted another left-sided player.He made only three appearances for West Ham and, in August 2006, moved to Sunderland in a deal that saw George McCartney move to Upton Park.
Clarke joined Sunderland as a replacement for the injured George McCartney. However, he made only four appearances before joining Coventry City on loan in October 2006 until January 2007 after which he returned to Sunderland. He made twelve appearances for Coventry but made no further appearances for Sunderland after returning from loan.
Clarke later signed a three-month loan deal with Leicester City on 16 August 2007. During the Carling Cup tie between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City on 28 August 2007, Clarke collapsed and suffered two heart failures in the changing rooms at the City Ground causing the match to be abandoned at half-time.It was reported by the BBC that Clarke was being treated in the emergency room at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. He was said to be 'stable' and would be kept in overnight.
Clarke told the BBC on September 2, 2007 that he feels lucky to be alive.
“ I remember feeling a bit lethargic on the field in the first half, and I was involved in a collision with our goalkeeper Paul Henderson, which led to their goal.
I sat quietly in a corner of the dressing room and felt a bit queasy. I can recall Patrick Kisnorbo talking to me, but it wasn't really registering. Then I just passed out.
When I was told what had happened, the blood drained from my body. I just thought I could have been dead, and that I might never have seen my family again.
When you think about Sevilla player Antonio Puerta (who collapsed last Saturday and died on Tuesday), it goes without saying that a day won't pass when I don't cherish every moment in my life.
Clarke told Sky Sports on September 12 that he was still hopeful of playing again, but he never made another appearance for Leicester following the incident, and he returned to Sunderland in November.
Clarke was a Republic of Ireland Under 21 player and has two caps for the Republic of Ireland senior team, against Nigeria in May 2004 and against Jamaica in June 2004.