Hall of Fame No. 25

Non-nonsense defender is inducted into our Hall of Fame

Pat Clarke (1993 - 97)

Arriving as part of the Grimsby/Immingham contingent that served the Poachers so well during the mid-1990s, Pat 'Nobby' Clarke was a classic centre-half known for his 'do-or-die' attitude, hard tackling and ability in the air.

His signing coincided with the arrival of Bob Don Duncan and Shaughan Farrow in the autumn of 1993 and he immediately shored up a defensive line that had struggled to find a permanent partner for Derrick Nuttell at centre-half.

Pat's natural ball-winning instincts perfectly complemented Nuttell's preference of dropping back to read play ahead of him, and this way of playing the central defensive position would be replicated the following year when Lee Rippin replaced Nuttell in the number 4 shirt.

The stability Clarke offered in his pivotal centre-half position gave Don-Duncan and Farrow many options to play more attacking-minded players around and in front of him knowing he could be depended on to be there to clean up any mistakes that may happen in the offense-minded teams being fielded in those years.

His key role in both the FA Vase semi-final and UCL Championship winning sides make him a Boston Town legend, but his role in the dressing room - never seen by the fans - was also crucial, particularly as the stresses of both campaigns took their toll on his teammates.

Clarke was a voice of reason and common-sense in the players’ meetings during the latter part of both seasons, usually calming the room down and reminding everyone of their common goals and the need for unity, and was always both liked and respected by his fellow players as management.

Debut: 9 October, 1993 - Boston 3, Olney Town 0


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