The Courier-Mail



ALAN Clark­son, the doyen of rugby league writ­ers in the 1970s who died last week, was known as a gen­tle­man’s gen­tle­man.

“Clarko” was also a noted ten­nis writer who was pop­u­lar among the play­ers, as well as in the press room.

Each year at the Aus­tralian Open, Clarko would or­gan­ise a din­ner for the Aus­tralian press con­tin­gent and some of the lead­ing women’s play­ers.

One year he booked a cou­ple of ta­bles at one of Mel­bourne’s best restau­rants and in­vited the likes of Pam Shriver and Wendy Turnbull. Great idea, un­til Clarko re­alised he had in­vited the health-con­scious, veg­e­tar­ian, women to Mel­bourne’s No.1 meat res­tau­rant where the only thing veg­e­tar­ian was the bread.

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