Former Ipswich Town striker Frank Clarke has died at the age of 79.
He assisted in getting the Blues out of relegation peril before playing 76 times for Town and scored 17 goals.
In August 1973, Clarke moved to Carlisle, where he concluded his career.
Clarke made his reputation with Shrewsbury Town, where he played 188 games and scored 77 goals between 1962 and 1968 after joining the club as a child.
“He was not just a goal machine,” a Shrewsbury statement read.
“The value of his work rate and build-up skills saw him reach the top flight of English Football with three sides – QPR and Carlisle United, who were attaining that level for the first time, and Ipswich Town where he played under Bobby Robson.”
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Who was Frank Clarke?
After making his debut in 1962, the attacker joined Shrewsbury Town as a youngster and went on to play 188 appearances for the club.
Before leaving for Queens Park Rangers in 1968, Clarke scored 77 goals and was joint-second on the club’s all-time goals list. He also played for Ipswich Town and Carlisle United.
He was the eldest of five football-playing brothers, including Allan, a former Leeds and England forward.
A Shrewsbury statement stated, “He was not only a goal machine.”
“Three sides – QPR and Carlisle United, both of which were achieving that level for the first time, and Ipswich Town, where he played under Bobby Robson – saw him reach the top flight of English football due to the worth of his work-rate and build-up ability.”
He worked as a newsagent after retiring from sports before getting a job at the Adams Sports Centre in Wem, which he held for 28 years.