Growing concern for missing former York City footballer Clarke Carlisle

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The family of former York City footballer Clarke Carlisle say they are worried for his welfare.

Carlisle's wife Carrie took to social media to say he was missing and express her concerns.

Clarke was last seen in Manchester city centre at 6am on Friday 15 September.

He was last seen by a family member on Flag Market in the Preston at about 2.30pm on Thursday 14 September but it is thought he travelled to Manchester after.

He is described as:

  • Afro-caribbean

  • 6ft 4in

  • Slim build

  • Tattoos on his arms

He was last seen wearing a black zip up jacket, a black t-shirt, blue jeans and Nike trainers.

Detective Chief Inspector of Lancashire Police Steve Holgate said:

Clarke Carlisle Credit: PA

The 37-year-old made more than 500 appearances for nine clubs during his football career, including a stint at York City.

The father-of-three has spoken out about his mental health problems in the past, in particular about attempting to take his own life in his 20s.

Carlisle spent six weeks in psychiatric unit in 2014 after he was hit by a lorry.

Clarke Carlisle Credit: PA

The former footballer launched a mental health charity called the Clarke Carlisle Foundation for Dual Diagnosis.

The foundation supports people struggling with mental health problems as well as drug and alcohol misuse issues.