PAST PORTS: Richard Clarke

Shamrock Park
Shamrock Park

Portadown Times sports editor Patrick Van Dort talks to a former player about his Shamrock Park career:

NAME: Richard Clarke

AGE: 36

POSITION: Midfield

TIME WITH PORTS: Over 18 seasons - signed at 15 years old and left at 33

CLUBS BEFORE PORTADOWN: Dungoyne Boys, Dergview

CLUBS AFTER PORTADOWN: Dergview (as manager)

HIGHLIGHT AS A PORTADOWN PLAYER: Winning trophies - with beating Skonto Riga away in Europe my favourite game. Shame we had a flight home after the game - the celebrations would have been special!


FUNNIEST TEAM-MATE: Gregg Davidson (he used to crack me up posing in the mirror) and also Darren Kelly (we had some great laughs during the car journeys around the country)

HARDEST TEAM-MATE: Alfie Stewart was hard and honest. Mickey Collins could leave a stud in

TEAM-MATE WITH MOST SKILL: Wesley Boyle had great technique and could produce a wonder strike

PICK YOUR PFC FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM: David Miskelly, Keith O’Hara, Richard Clarke, Gary Hamilton, Vinny Arkins

FAVOURITE AWAY GROUND: Mourneview Park - we handed them a few beatings in my time with the Ports

PRE-MATCH SUPERSTITIONS: Closed my eyes for 60 seconds to focus on what I had to go in the game

TOUGHEST RIVAL PLAYER: Mark Glendinning - a great competitor

RIVAL PLAYER YOU MOST RATED: Peter Thompson - a great goalscorer in his prime

TEAM YOU LOVED TO BEAT: Glentoran - couldn’t like them!

MODERN LIFE: Payroll manager at Education Authority for work, plus manager of Dergview in NIFL Championship One. I am also dad to two daughters - Abbie and Emily - and husband to Karen (we are expecting twins in a few months - so don’t expect to see me around for the next few years)