|1982–1987 Newcastle United|
Career end 1985
Name Jeff Clarke
Education University of Salford
|1974–1975 Manchester City|
Role English footballer
Career start 1974
Current team Dundee United F.C.
|Date of birth (1954-01-18) 18 January 1954 (age 61)|
Place of birth Hemsworth, England
Jeff Clarke (born 18 January 1954 in Hemsworth, England) is an English former footballer who played as a defender, primarily for Sunderland and Newcastle United. He has been a physiotherapist at Dundee United since November 2003.
Clarke began his professional career in 1974 with Manchester City, featuring in thirteen league appearances before leaving a year later to join Sunderland in a swap deal with Dave Watson. In seven years at Roker Park, Clarke played in over 200 matches and experienced promotion to the top flight before moving to rivals Newcastle United on a free transfer in 1982. Another five years in the North East – including another top-flight promotion – preceded short-lived spells at Turkish side Ankaragücü and Darlington.
Following his retirement from playing, Clarke coached at former club Newcastle, studying a physiotherapy degree at the University of Salford at the same time. He graduated in 1996. Clarke became a physio at another former club, Sunderland, before taking on the same role at Leeds United in 2001. Following his redundancy in 2003, he joined Dundee United in November of that year, taking on additional coaching duties at one point in March 2005.
As a player