WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Hugh Clarke
Hugh Clarke in action for Newtown.

HUGH Clarke became only the sixth player to make 400 Welsh Premier appearances when he was named in Newtown's side for the home fixture with Llanelli on 18 October 2008.
The defender had played in the league since the inaugural season of 1992/3, mainly for his home side Caersws, where he progressed through the youth ranks and made 427 of his starts.
He started life as a striker and notched 62 goals in his career, before becoming established as a centre-back.
Clarke had a short spell away at Rhayader Town before returning to Caersws in the summer of 1998 and stayed at the Recreation Ground until the summer of 2007, when he made the short move down the road to Latham Park.
He was a team-mate at the Bluebirds with current Newtown midfielder Andrew Thomas, Aberystwyth's Colin Reynolds and Welshpool 'keeper Andy Mulliner, who have also achieved the milestone of more than 400 league starts.
"I am really enjoying myself at Newtown this season," says Clarke.
"We have some really exciting talent and there are six or seven lads here who could go a long way in football in the future.
"I see my role as giving them advice and the benefit of my experience and so far I have enjoyed every minute."
"There were great times at Caersws and I particularly enjoyed playing with my great friends Colin Reynolds, Antony Griffiths and Andrew Thomas," he added.
"We won the League Cup for the first time and we even qualified for Europe. It was a great accomplishment for a small club using predominantly locally-based players.
"I have never been one to set myself targets and as long as I am still wanted and still enjoying my football then I will keep playing football.
"It's important to have fun off the pitch too and I have been fortunate to have played alongside some real characters over the years."