Albert Clarke is player 113 in Jon's all-time list of players. At first glance you may assume he was a local lad who had a fleeting first-team career. The references to Watcombe and the Devonshire Regiment certainly point to this.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Albert Clarke was actually from Sheffield and had started his playing career in South Yorkshire coalfield football. From Torquay United he soon moved on to better things with Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers.
Yet he met his wife in Torquay. That, I guess, eventually determined he joined the Devonshires with the consequences that followed. The Western Morning News story also shows how his wife and daughter continued to live in Torquay.