Manor Ground Striker Derek Clarke comes home for Exeter match
We are delighted to have a true Manor Legend as our Guest of Honour this Saturday as we take on Exeter City at the Kassam Stadium.
Striker Derek Clarke joined Oxford from Wolves for £11,500 in October 1972. In his 195 appearances for United he scored 40 goals. Clarke was the middle of five famous footballing brothers, with Frank and Allan older and Wayne and Kelvin younger.
”I did enjoy my time at Oxford; it was a great club” Derek told us.” I lived in Banbury and travelled down with the goalie, Mick Kearns.”
“There was one goal I scored against Fulham at the Manor when I cut in and hammered it left-footed into the top of the net from the edge of the area. After the game the manager Gerry Summers said he thought it was the best goal he’d seen at Oxford.
“There was another one I remember that was special: we played Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup and lost 2-1. I scored our goal with an overhead kick. I think the fact that it was at Old Trafford in front of so many people made it stand out even more.”
Derek will be our special guest on Saturday, talking to fans in the Manor Bar at 2pm. There is also a fantastic three page interview with him in Saturday’s Matchday Magazine.