Played as a centre-half for all his Spurs career, but Harry Clarke enjoyed the physical nature of the game that being in that position brought.
His consistency was a notable feature of his play and the was the first two campaigns he took part in that brought the biggest successes of his career. Clarke signed in March 1949 and was immediately handed a first team place, staying in the side until the end of the season. His part in keeping things tight at the back was instrumental in the Spurs side's “push and run” style taking the Second Division title in 1949-50.
During that championship season, Harry played in every game in cup and league and he repeated the feat the following season as Spurs ran through the First Division to storm to the title with Arthur Rowe's team ruling supreme.
At the heart of the defence, Clarke provided a calming presence, with his excellent reading of the game allowing him to anticipate the play and pick the ball off before it reached it's intended recipient. He was strong in the air and good on the ground with the ball, making him a formidable defender.
Harry suffered an injury that ruled him out of the start of the 1951-52 season, but was soon back to regain his position in the side.