Nicholas Clarke

Sports Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a sports journalist currently working as the sports editor or MSN UK.

I graduated from the BJTC accredited journalism course at the university of the West of England in 2014 (2:1) and then completed the MA sports journalism course at the university of Lincoln in 2015 (Distinction).

I have written for a variety of websites and worked at publications such as The Independent and The Daily Telegraph. As well as this I regularly do freelance work with the BBC Sport multimedia team, utilising my video editing skills as well as identifying what clips/media would do well on social media.

My portfolio is divided up as follows: University work, Football League, BBC Sport and miscellaneous (work for a variety of websites/publications.)

Portfolio

University Work

UWE
06/13/2014
Concussion: rugby's cause for concern?

This was my final piece of coursework for my journalism degree. I was awarded a first for the piece and it was displayed at the end of year journalism show. Including interviews from Scotland international Kyle Traynor, neurosurgeon Tony Belli, ex England international Andy Long and Bristol rugby medic Rory Murray.

The Independent

The Independent
03/12/2016
England v Wales player ratings: Maro Itoje dominates for England

England are well on track to winning their first Six Nations grand slam since 2003 after beating Wales 25-21 at Twickenham. England dominated the first half, scoring a try through Anthony Watson and nine points from the boot of Owen Farrell.

The Independent
02/14/2016
Five things we learnt from the second round of the Six Nations

And then there were three... Despite it only being the second weekend of the Six Nations, there are now only three teams left that can realistically win the competition. Ireland's loss to France all but rules out a historic third title as the men in emerald green look to be missing the experience of Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell.

The Independent
02/14/2016
Six Nations 2016: team of round two

The second round of Six Nations action drew to a close today as England beat Italy 40-9 in Rome, joining France and Wales as this weekend's winners. Eddie Jones' men got off to a shaky start and went into half-time only leading 11-9, but came out looking a different side for the second half.

The Independent
02/06/2016
Live: Six Nations begins with France vs Italy and Scotland vs England

The 2016 Six Nations got underway on Saturday as France defeated Italy 23-21 with a last-gasp victory at the Stade de France, before England won the Calcutta Cup for the eighth straight year after beating Scotland 15-9 at Murrayfield.​ Re-live the action below.

The Independent
02/07/2016
Ireland vs Wales as it happened

Welcome to the Independent's live coverage of the 2016 Six Nations as title holders Ireland host Wales at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Ireland have won the last two Six Nations titles, but Wales won the last meeting between the pair 23-16.

The Independent
02/14/2016
Player ratings: Italy 9 England 40

England continued their progress under Eddie Jones with a 40-9 win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The first half was a rather dull affair, with George Ford scoring the only try of the half, and at the break, England were only ahead 11-9.

The Independent
03/12/2016
Six Nations live: Ireland host Italy before England's clash with Wales

The Six Nations returned on Saturday - re-live the action as it happened as Ireland comprehensively beat Italy and England set up a chance to win the Grand Slam by beating Wales.... -- Today we enter the fourth round and the title could very well be decided by the day's end.

The Independent
02/13/2016
France 10 Ireland 9 player ratings: Medard shines in Paris

France made it two wins from two this afternoon after they managed to beat Ireland 10-9 at the Stade De France. The match wasn't much of a spectacle and Maxime Medard scored the only try of the match, following a neat move that came from French dominance at the scrum.

The Independent
02/26/2016
Six Nations live: Wales vs France

The third round of the 2016 Six Nations gets underway tonight as Wales host France in Cardiff. Wales remain unbeaten in this years tournament, after drawing 16-16 with Ireland in the first round before beating Scotland 27-24 in a tightly fought contest at the Principality stadium.

The Independent
02/27/2016
England 21 Ireland 10 player ratings: Billy Vunipola stars for England

England beat Ireland 21-10 at Twickenham in the final Six Nations match of the weekend. The first half was a cagey affair and the sides went into the break with England ahead 6-3. However after the break it was Ireland who scored first through Conor Murray, with the scrum half diving over the line in trademark fashion from close range.

The Independent
02/06/2016
Player ratings: Parisse impresses but Italy fall short

France won their opening game of the 2016 Six Nations earlier today, beating Italy 23-21 at the Stade De France.
 
 French winger Virimi Vakatawa opened the scoring with a wonderfully worked try, before Sergio Parisse scored following a well worked lineout move.
 
 Carlo Canna scored Italy's only other try, while Damien Chouly and Hugo Bonneval crossed the whitewash for France.

The Independent
02/07/2016
Ireland vs Wales live

Welcome to the Independent's live coverage of the 2016 Six Nations as title holders Ireland host Wales at the Aviva stadium in Dublin.
 
 Ireland have won the last two Six Nations titles, but Wales won the last meeting between the pair 23-16.

The Independent
02/07/2016
Ireland 16 Wales 16 player ratings: CJ Stander shines on debut

Ireland and Wales couldn't be seperated earlier today as they drew 16-16 in the final Six Nations game of the weekend.
 
 Connor Murray scored Ireland's first try of the tournament, neatly dummying before diving over the line from close range.

Football League

Football-league
11/25/2015
Steve Davis delighted with Ryan Lowe after scoring winner on debut

The U's took the lead just before half-time through Callum Harriot and that was doubled early in the second half after George Moncur finished from close range. However, the Alex pulled one back on the hour mark courtesy of Ryan Colclough, before Lowe assisted Marcus Haber to equalise.

Football-league
11/25/2015
Ryan Lowe returns! Crewe Alexandra re-sign former striker

The 37-year-old returns to Crewe, having spent two years at Gresty Road between 2006 and 2008, making 74 appearances and scoring 17 goals. The Alex find themselves bottom of Sky Bet League 1 and in desperate need of goals, only scoring 15 so far this season - the lowest tally in the division alongside Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers.

Football-league
11/25/2015
Six talking points from The Football League weekend

Exeter City take the spoils in Devon derby Exeter City pulled off one of the shocks of the weekend by beating Sky Bet League 2 leaders Plymouth Argyle 2-1. Ryan Harley's brace put the Grecians 2-0 up at half-time, before Oscar Threlkeld scored his first goal for the Pilgrims just after the hour, but Exeter held on for the win.

Football-league
11/25/2015
Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert benefits from nine-month absence

Since his last job at Aston Villa, the Scot has been travelling around Europe, meeting some of the world's leading managers, such as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. Lambert spent time at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but felt the opportunity to take over at Blackburn was too good to turn down.

Football-league
11/25/2015
Six talking points from Matchday 17 in The Football League

James Bittner ends 13-year wait for a Football League start When Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper James Bittner was named on AFC Bournemouth's bench as back-up goalkeeper in March 2002, little did he know he'd have to wait 13 years for his first Football League start. That finally came at the weekend.

Football-league
11/25/2015
Leeds United's Alex Mowatt backtracks on favourite goal after latest stunner

Mowatt's first stunner came against Cardiff and he claimed his match-winning strike was "definitely the best goal I have scored". He soon changed his mind following his long-range effort against Huddersfield Town at the weekend, though, which was later named as our Goal of the Weekend in the Sky Bet Championship.

Football-league
11/09/2015
Six talking points from Matchday 16 in the Sky Bet Championship

Kit Symons becomes seventh managerial casualty Kit Symons became the seventh Championship manager to be sacked this season after Fulham were beaten 5-2 by Birmingham City. The defeat was the Cottagers' sixth of the season and Symons leaves them sitting 12th on 20 points.

Football-league
11/04/2015
Steve Evans left emotional after Leeds United end Elland Road woes

The result was Leeds' first home win since beating Ipswich Town last season, and their first under the recently-appointed Evans. After the match the 53-year-old admitted to being very proud, and was full of praise for his players. FT: #lufc 1-0 @CardiffCityFC. The wait is over!

Football-league
11/03/2015
Six talking points from The Football League weekend

Managerial movement Sky Bet Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic parted ways with Guy Luzon on Saturday evening, while on Monday Sky Bet League 2's York City decided to move on without Russ Wilcox at the helm. Luzon was given his marching orders after seeing his side lose 3-0 to Brentford, making it seven losses from the team's last nine matches, leaving them in 17th place.

Football-league
11/03/2015
Six talking points from The Football League weekend

Strikers get brilliant braces throughout The Football League Fulham's teenage sensation Moussa Dembele got on the scoresheet twice for the second week running, helping Fulham to a 4-1 win over Bristol City. Another double for me today #BeastMode was ON, could have been 3 but happy with the job done to get the 3 pts.

Football-league
11/03/2015
Blackburn Rovers clinch first away win of the season

Craig Conway battles with Sam Byram Image by: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport Conway opened the scoring after only 18 seconds, with Blackburn's first attack of the game, before Rhodes doubled their lead with an exquisite finish five minutes later.

BBC Sport

BBC Sport
08/29/2015
Stoke lads deserve credit - Pulis

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis tells BBC Sport that Stoke's players deserve credit for only losing 1-0 after having two players sent off.

BBC Sport
07/05/2015
GB eight beat Germany at Henley

Please Note: I created the video that is visible at the top of this page, I did not write the article itself.

BBC Sport
08/29/2015
It looked a red card to me - Wenger

Arsene Wenger reveals his delight after Arsenal's 1-0 away win over Newcastle and believes it was correct to send off Aleksander Mitrovic.

BBC Sport
08/29/2015
Villa have been robbed - Sherwood

Tim Sherwood believes that his Aston Villa side have been robbed of three points following their 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

BBC Sport
08/29/2015
Glory for Bolt - disaster for GB

Usain Bolt wins his third gold of the World Athletics Championships by leading home Jamaica in the 4x100m relay.

BBC Sport
08/29/2015
Spurs were better team - Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino tells BBC Sport how he believes his side were unlucky not to walk away with all three points after drawing 0-0 with Everton.

BBC Sport
08/30/2015
On the line! GB men win relay bronze

Watch Great Britain's quartet of Rabah Yousif, Delanno Williams, Jarryd Dunn and Martyn Rooney win bronze in the men's 4X400m relay with a time of 2 minutes 58.21 seconds.

BBC Sport
08/29/2015
Advocaat pleased with point

Dick Advocaat tells BBC Sport he is pleased to leave Villa Park with a point following Sunderland's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

BBC Sport
02/06/2015
We have target on our back - Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits his side have a target on their back after their victorious Six Nations campaign last year.

BBC Sport
02/15/2015
Famous sporting sibling rivalries

BBC Sport looks back on some of sport's greatest sibling rivalries, as for the first time in NBA All-Star history a pair of brothers, Pau and Marc Gasol, will feature on opposing sides.

BBC Sport
02/09/2015
England women ditch nets for the RAF

Ahead of their tour to New Zealand, the England women's team tackle some team building exercises with the RAF in Lincolnshire.

BBC Sport
06/27/2015
GB win two more golds in Baku

Luke Greenbank and Joe Joyce continue Great Britain's success at the 2015 European Games in Baku, with gold medals in boxing and swimming respectively.

BBC Sport
07/11/2015
Farah wins 5,000m in Lausanne

Britain's Mo Farah wins the 5,000m at the Diamond League in Lausanne in his first race since doping claims against his coach Alberto Salazar.

BBC Sport
02/06/2015
Adebayor deal frustrates Allardyce

Last updated at 13:56 West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says the collapse of Emmanuel Adebayor's loan deal was "frustrating". The Tottenham forward's move was blocked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Allardyce said: "A lot of moves were blocked for various reasons so I'm not that bothered.

BBC Sport
06/28/2015
Meet the St Helens team with Jon Wilkin

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin took some time off training this week to take on the role of reporter and interview his team-mates for BBC Sport.

BBC Sport
07/04/2015
Groth hits fastest serve of 2015

Sam Groth moves into Wimbledon's history books with the tournament's second-fastest serve ever at 147mph, and the fastest serve of the year so far.

BBC Sport
07/04/2015
Lewis Hamilton on 'living the dream'

World champion Lewis Hamilton talks to Suzi Perry about his lifestyle away from the track as he gears up for the British Grand Prix.

Miscellaneous

Hereisthecity
05/30/2014
Can Ronaldo lead Portugal to World Cup glory?

After sealing Real Madrid's 10th Champions League in Lisbon, can Cristiano Ronaldo guide his country to international success in Brazil? Portugal will be heading to Brazil as outsiders, but with a player of Cristiano Ronaldo's calibre, they cannot be written off.

Givemesport
06/14/2014
Bacary Sagna deal is a ludicrous move from Manchester City

Bacary Sagna has finalised a move to Manchester City on a three-year deal on reported wages of an astounding £150,000-per-week. Despite breaking FIFA financial fair play (FFP) rules last season, this contract shows City have no interest in investing for the future. Initially, signing Sagna appeared a good deal, as a proven defender with Premier League experience.

Givemesport
05/07/2014
Potential England World Cup attack - youngsters given the nod

One of the oldest questions in the book will be thrown at Roy Hodgson this summer: youth, experience or a blend of both? England have often gone with the safe route of having a mixture of both, but this summer is a prime opportunity for Hodgson to bring in some fresh faces for England.

Givemesport
01/15/2014
England: How they could line-up against France

Last week, Stuart Lancaster selected his England team for the forthcoming Six Nations. There were some surprising selections made, including the exclusion of England's most experienced player Toby Flood who will ply his trade in France next season.

Hereisthecity
05/09/2014
Coutinho should be going to World Cup, not Oscar - HITC Sport

Philippe Coutinho's performances for Liverpool this season should have seen him make Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad. Philippe Coutinho has endured a painful week. After Liverpool's Premier League title hopes were all but extinguished on Monday, the playmaker was left out of Brazil's World Cup squad in favour of Oscar.

Givemesport
06/13/2014
Tom Wood can be England's answer to Richie McCaw

On Thursday Stuart Lancaster made one of his most challenging team selections since taking over the role of England head coach. The return of players from Northampton Saints and Saracens, combined with England's admirable 20-15 defeat against New Zealand last week leaves Lancaster and his coaching staff with a number of selection dilemmas.

FanSRC
06/22/2015
Nick Clarke

This is my index on FanSRC. All of these articles were written by me during my digital content internship at OneUp Sports.

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