FORMER Darlington football and cricket player “young” Harry Clark has died.

Mr Clark, who passed away Tuesday, February 23 aged 88, made his debut for Darlington FC in the away game at Bradford City on Boxing Day 1950.

He went on to score 27 goals in 143 matches for the team, before joining Sheffield Wednesday. He also played for South Shields and Hartlepools United and scored 70 goals from 260 appearances in the Football League.

Mr Clarke's family said he had lived with Alzheimer’s and Dementia for a number of years, with his wife Doreen caring for him at home. 

He was known as “young” Harry Clark, so then he wasn’t confused with another Darlington player, Harry Clarke, who was also a forward.

He was also a keen cricketer, playing for Darlington CC while not playing football, and a keen golfer, regularly playing at Darlington Golf Club into his 80s.

Darlington FC said: "We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family and friends."

Mr Clarke was one of the club's guests at the Farewell to Feethams celebrations in 2003.