Ex-Cobblers captain Clarke Carlisle ‘fighting for his life’

Clarke Carlisle captained the Cobblers in the 2013 play-off final
Clarke Carlisle captained the Cobblers in the 2013 play-off final

Former Cobblers captain Clarke Carlisle is fighting for his life after being hit by a lorry.

The ex-Town defender, who led the team out in the 2013 league two play-off final, his last appearance before retiring from professional football, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with life-threatening injuries.

The incident took place near Bishopthorpe in North Yorkshire at 7.30am on Monday, with the road closed to allow the air ambulance to arrive at the scene.

The reason for the accident remains unclear, however a police spokeswoman told the Daily Mail they were ‘pursuing all avenues’.

Carlisle, who has three children, combined playing for Northampton with his role as chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, and suffered with depression throughout his playing career.

He made 47 appearances for the club in two spells, from January to May 2012, and November 2012 to May 2013.