Clarke Carlisle


Once dubbed Britain’s Brainiest Footballer Clarke Carlisle is best known for his spells with QPR and Burnley. Former professional footballer, Clarke Carlisle, was born in Preston and, taking inspiration from his semi-professional footballer father, he became involved with the sport at a young age. At youth level, Carlisle played for his home county of Lancashire before making his Football League debut with Blackpool in 1997. In 2000 Clarke moved to Queens Park Rangers and won three caps for England under-21 national team in the same season.

Following a devastating posterior cruciate ligament injury, Clarke took a break from football, before joining Leeds United on a free transfer in 2004 for one season. He then joined Watford in 2005 and the team saw a great season, earning promotion to the Premier League. However, further injuries hampered his ability to play and he missed some key matches during his three years with the club.

He was then purchased by Steve Cotterill, manager of Burnley, for a £200,000 transfer fee. During the 2008-09 season, Clarke took part in more than 40 matches and Burnley earned a place in the playoffs after finishing fifth in the league following a semi-final defeat. The team beat Sheffield United in the playoffs, earning promotion to the Premier League, and Clarke was awarded man of the Match for his performance. Upon retirement, he was the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers’ Association and is an ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign – which aims to tackle racism and discrimination in football. Clarke has also appeared on Countdown, Question Time and documentary, Is Football Racist?

To book Clarke Carlisle as the football speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Clarke is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • The Premier League
  • Leeds United
  • Football Management
  • Sporting Success

“Absolutely amazing! They were fantastic and surpassed all our expectations. The event went even better than we could ever have hoped for. Thank you for all of your help.”
– South East Water