PFA Team Talk: Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke

The Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Peter Clarke is a veteran centre-back who has made over 900 professional appearances for over 10 clubs.

Now retired from full-time football, Clarke is a member of the PFA’s Player Services division, a team tasked with supporting the union’s members on all aspects of life during and post-professional football.

Clarke joined the PFA in June 2023 after over two decades in the professional game. When asked about his enduring career, Clarke insists “it’s easier to name the clubs I haven’t played for instead of those I have!”

He started his career in 1999 at Everton’s academy before going on to represent the likes of Blackpool, Port Vale, Coventry, Southend United, Huddersfield, Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers.

A former PFA Team of the Year member and PFA League One Fans’ Player of the Year, Clarke still continues to play regular football for non-league side Warrington Town while working at the players’ union.

Speaking of his role at the PFA, Clarke has said: “Now, I thoroughly enjoy using my experience in the game to help players during their own careers.

“Ultimately, my message to players is ‘we’re here to help you.’ Those in the game can help themselves by getting in touch with us and finding out how we can support them, both on and off the pitch.”

“There is so much the PFA can do to help players throughout their careers and also as they look to transition away from professional football and towards whatever future career follows.”

The union’s Player Services department supports players from all clubs across the men and women’s professional leagues, directing members towards support services and personal and professional development opportunities.

Peter Clarke

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