SIMON CLARKE

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It is with a great deal of sadness that The Club reports the passing of Simon Clarke.

 

Simon played scrum half for the Club in the early/mid 60’s, he joined Blackheath from Cambridge University where he was awarded a Blue. Simon made his debut for England in 1963, successor to the great Dickie Jeeps. England were undefeated in the Championship that year and won the title.

Simon went on to win 13 caps, it is with little doubt had Simon played today this number would be significantly higher. He toured with England in 1963 to Australia and New Zealand, the following year he also played against the All Blacks at Twickenham. He also represented the Barbarians on many occasions.

Simon was captain of Blackheath in 1966-67, under his leadership victories included Northampton, Swansea and Harlequins. He also led the side on the traditional Easter tour to Ireland. Simon was married prior to the tour, not wanting to let the side down and known to be unflappable he took his new bride with The Club to Ireland, combining the tour with the honeymoon. It was reported the new Mrs Clarke thoroughly enjoyed the amber nectar. Those were the days!

 

Simon was an all round sportsman, having played first class cricket for Cambridge University and the Combined Services. He was also a top quality golfer and squash player. A word that is used all too loosely nowadays but in this case surely is appropriate — a legend.

 

All at Blackheath extend their heart felt condolences to Simon’s family.

 

A memorial service will be held at 4pm Thursday 30th November at

St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Road

Wimbledon Village

SW19 7BP

Followed by refreshments at the Hand in Hand, Crooked Billet, SW19 4RQ.

 

Tim Brindle

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