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Key Facts

Full name
Thomas Clarke

Known as
Tom Clarke

21 November 1906

24 July 1981 (aged 74)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 174d
Last game: 27y 298d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Brunswick

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 23

Family links
Jack Clarke (Son)

Tom Clarke

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,278th player to appear, 2,338th most games played, 7,095th most goals kickedEssendon: 387th player to appear, 165th most games played, 630th most goals kicked

Tom Clarke was a fine wingman whose only significant weakness was a slight lack of leg speed, a deficiency he helped overcome with excellent anticipation and smooth ball handling. He was a key member of only moderately talented Essendon sides in 103 games between 1927 and 1934, winning the club's best and fairest award in 1931. He was twice selected in VFL representative sides.

Between 1935 and 1940 Clarke played 105 games in the VFA with Brunswick. He was amember of the Magpies' winning 1938 Grand Final team against Brighton. After his playing career was over, Tom Clarke spent thirty years as an Essendon committee member. His sons Ron, an Olympic athlete, and Essendon footballer Jack achieved even greater sporting notoriety than their father.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.