Norman Childers "Hackenschmidt" Clark (12 November 1878 – 26 December 1943) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1905 and 1912.
Clark in 1907
|Full name||Norman Childers Clark|
|Date of birth||12 November 1878|
|Place of birth||North Adelaide, South Australia|
|Date of death||26 December 1943 65)(aged|
|Place of death||Fitzroy, Victoria|
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|Position(s)||Half back flank|
|1897–1903||North Adelaide||77 (5)|
|1925–1926||St Kilda||35 (14–21–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1912.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1931.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
The son of Edward John Clark, and Margaret Clark, née Cooper, Norman Childers Clark was born on 12 November 1878. He married Eileen Florence Fleming (1888-1983) on 11 June 1918. They had two children: Norman Adrian Clark (1919-1998), and Bryan Childers Clark (1923-2003).
Prior to joining Carlton, he had played in two premiership teams at North Adelaide.
A talented sprinter, in 1899 he won the 130-yard Stawell Gift in eleven and four-fifths seconds, off a handicap of 14 and a half yards. His prize of 50 gold sovereigns was used to buy a handmade gold pocket watch, in which he had his initials 'N.C.C' inscribed. He moved to Stawell, hoping to win another Gift, and he played two seasons with Stawell Football Club.
He played in three consecutive premiership sides for Carlton from 1906–1908 as well as coaching Carlton to back-to-back premierships in 1914–15. He was the only person involved in Carlton's first five VFL flags.
After leaving Carlton at the end of the 1918 season he took up the head coaching role at Richmond. In his first season, he took the Tigers to the Grand Final. This attained him the rare feat of coaching two separate clubs in VFL Grand Finals.
Clark was also the coach of VFL sides St Kilda in 1925–26 and North Melbourne in 1931. He was captain-coach of Victorian Football Association (VFA) side Brighton in 1913. He coached junior and senior football for seventeen seasons in the VFA, the VFL and the Ringwood Districts Football Association, with four more premierships to his credit by the time he retired after the 1931 season.
Clark died on Boxing Day in 1943.
- Births: Clark, The South Australian Register, (Saturday, 30 November 1878), p.7.
- World War Two Nominal Roll: Norman Adrian Clark (V43505).
- World War Two Nominal Roll: Bryan Childers Clark (V43505).
- Athletics, The (Launceston) Examiner, (Saturday, 15 April 1899), p.6.
- "Norman Clarke, coach and captain of Brighton, and a little time ago a doughty Carlton back, is looked up to by the football world as "Hackenschmidt", as he is as strong as the village blacksmith of Longfellow's time.": Nicknames, The (Melbourne) Herald, (Saturday, 5 July 1913), p.1.
- Brighton Club, The Argus, (Saturday, 22 February 1913), p.17.
- Deaths: Clark, The Age, (Monday, 27 December 1943), p.3; Obituary: Mr Norman Clark, The Argus, (Monday, 27 December 1943), p.8.
- Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996
- De Bolto, Anthony, "Carlton Legend Certificate Surfaces", blueseum,com, 2 January 2007.
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