Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Chris Clarke.
Chris was signed by Millwall on 11th December 1963, his 17th birthday, by manager Billy Gray, having been released by Chelsea. Just under a year a later the young ginger-haired Chris made, according to Don Durbridge in the South London Press, 'a dream debut' in the 5-1 thumping of Halifax Town.
Having made an impressive start, a bludgeoning career at The Den beckoned, with Chris finishing with 15 appearances and three goals to his name in his first full season of 1964/5.
Chris liked nothing better than running in at pace to finish with a venomous shot into the net. He illustrated this with his last goal for The Lions on the opening day of the 1965/6 campaign in a 2-0 success over Workington at rain-swept Den. This trait likened him to another hard-shooting winger, Joe Haverty.
Sadly for Chris, he would play just four more times in the first-team as Millwall went on to clinch a second successive promotion. He was released in the summer of 1966 and went to Watford on trial, making one League appearance for The Hornets.
Chris failed to obtain a contract at Vicarage Road, and from there began the descent into non-League football, where he served the likes of Dartford, Tonbridge and Hastings United. After that, he became a plumber on the south coast.
Everyone at Millwall Football Club would like to offer their condolences to the family and friends of Chris at this time.