By Tom Howe
On the evening of February 25, 2019, young midfielder Harry Clarke wrote himself into the
history books when skipping past the Foxhole Stars’ defence on his way to scoring the first
ever goal for Kernow Football Alliance.
The 22-year-old has been an ever-present in the Kernow team since then and has caught
the eye thanks to his hard-working performances and constructive approach in the middle of
“Scoring the first goal gave me an immense feeling of pride,” said Clarke. “I don’t score very
often so I was fortunate to be able to do so in the first game.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing within the Kernow set up as it’s given me the opportunity to play
against teams that I never would have had the chance to play against.
“Representing Kernow FA has also allowed me to play with others that I wouldn’t have
played with before the association was formed.”
Clarke made his South West Peninsula League debut as a 16-year-old in the amber of
Having established himself in the team, he went on to make over a century of appearances
for the club before moving on to AFC St Austell and now Bodmin Town, where he plays
alongside Kernow team-mates Tom Whipp, Max Gilbert, Cameron Turner and Dan Jennings
as well as under Alliance manager Darren Gilbert.
“Darren is a real class act and aims to improve every player in the squad,” said Clarke. “The
club has strong aims and targets and hopefully I will be able to help achieve that.
“I’m really excited for this season with a number of new faces freshening the squad and
adding a lot of quality. There’s a real buzz around the team and everyone gets on well.
“For younger players coming through, I think it’s important to learn as much as possible
through coaches and experienced players within the team, stay as fit as you can and try to
get as many minutes as possible to better yourself.”