GLORY DAYS: Richard Clarke

EACH week a Portadown player will talk about the three most memorable games of his career:

1: CLIFTONVILLE (3-1, home, Irish League, 2002)

We went into the match needing a win to seal the league and I was actually nervous across the whole game.

We were 1-0 down but when I think back to that day I always recall the display put in by Vinny Arkins.

Vinny probably won us that match thanks to a brilliant display along the frontline.

At one point, he won the ball in the air then returned to score from his own header.

It would probably go down as the biggest match of my career in terms of getting my hands on a league medal for the first time as well as how everything panned out.

2: LARNE (5-1, away, Irish Cup final, 2005)

I had a medal from the final against Cliftonville that was never played in 1999 so the Larne match counts as my first win on the pitch.

We were tipped as favourites but Larne actually scored first when Neil Ogden hit home a brilliant free-kick.

He knocked in a few of those during his time at Portadown and it was certainly a difficult start.

However, we produced some brilliant football at times and scored really well-worked goals.

That was a cracking squad and we probably under-achieved given the talent so it means a lot to have the Irish Cup medal from that era.

3: SKONTO RIGA (1-0, away, Europa League, 2010)

IT may surprise people that I picked a game in Europe but, after so many years of disappointment, to finally get that win was really special.

I remember just coming off the pitch at the final whistle on a massive high and everyone around the club was buzzing.

We went over at the end of the match to celebrate with our fans and they certainly made plenty of noise during the tie.

Skonto were a full-time side and strong favourites but it was just a brilliant performance by the lads.

In fact, we could have scored a couple of goals on the night but it was just amazing to be in the next round.