Former Tranmere Rovers player Peter Clarke talks of his career and role with the PFA

PFA executive and EFL veteran Peter Clarke discusses his enduring career and urges current professional players to lean on the union for support, during and after their playing careers.

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

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.

Founded in 1907, the PFA is the independent trade union for professional footballers in England. The PFA represents and provides independent support to all current and former professional footballers and scholars across the Premier League, EFL and Women’s Super League.

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.

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