FEW players in the modern era have enjoyed such sustained success as Hugh Clarke.

The popular defender emerged through the Caersws youth set-up in the early 90s and went on to play for the villagers in two spells in between stints at Newtown and Rhayader Town.

However it was while at Caersws that he enjoyed must success, helping the Bluebirds to a host of silverware and European football.

The County Times spoke with the Llanidloes Town manager as part of its 'Getting to Know' series.

If any players would like to take part or nominate any past team-mates, get in touch at sport@countytimes.co.uk or via Twitter at @CTSport.

What was your biggest achievement in your Welsh football playing career?

Being named captain of the teams I played in and the responsibilities that came with it.

What was the biggest disappointment in your Welsh football playing career?

Not winning the Welsh Cup.

Biggest inspiration in your career?

Mickey Evans. He always got the best out of every player and knew their strengths and weaknesses.

County Times: The Caersws line up v Marek in 2002.The Caersws line up v Marek in 2002.

The Caersws line-up against Marek in 2002.

Best ground you ever played at?

Not the best ground but the most memorable was FC Marek in Dupnitsa.

County Times: Hugh Clarke and his Caersws team-mates walk out in Dupnitsa.Hugh Clarke and his Caersws team-mates walk out in Dupnitsa.

Caersws players in Bulgaria in 2002.

Best team-mate?

Andrew Thomas (Tommo). He always made me look good both on and off the pitch.

Most difficult opponent?

Steve Anthrobus. An absolute handful. Strong and physical who learnt his trade at the likes of Millwall and Wimbledon.

Most memorable match?

Beating Barry Town in the league cup final 2-0 in the 2000-01 season and scoring in the 90th minute. What a day that was.

Advice to a young player

Enjoy every minute on that pitch. Accept both praise and criticism as that’s how you will improve and get better. Most importantly prove the doubters wrong.