Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 12

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At 12 in the countdown is a striker who was half of the greatest strike partnership Leeds arguably ever had.

Mick Jones arrived at Elland Road in 1967, and while he had no problem scoring goals immediately - having been prolific for Sheffield United previously - it was Leeds' acquisition of Allan Clarke in 1969 that saw the club put together what would become the greatest partnership the side has ever known.

Before Clarke's arrival, Jones' goal had been the difference when United beat Ferencvaros in the Fairs Cup final in 1968, and he finished his first full season as the Whites' top goalscorer with 17 goals to help Don Revie's men finish the campaign with their maiden First Division title. 

However, it was working alongside Clarke that Jones showcased his best form for the club. His physical strength and bravery perfectly complemented Clarke's poacher instincts, and the pair finished their full season together with 26 goals each.

While the team would end the year empty-handed - with Jones' two goals in the FA Cup final and subsequent replay against Chelsea ultimately coming in a losing cause - the signs were there that Leeds' time would come again.

Another Fairs Cup victory followed in 1971, and in 1972, Leeds reached another FA Cup final where they would come up against Arsenal. While it would be Clarke that would score the only goal, Jones took almost as many headlines as he dislocated his elbow in the final minute of the game and had to be helped up the famous Wembley steps by Norman Hunter.

He finished the 1973-74 season as the club's top scorer once again with 17 goals, as a 29 game unbeaten run helped Revie's men secure a second league title. 

Sadly, injuries became the main narrative for the remaining days of Jones' career. He was forced to miss the European Cup final in 1975 and had to retire at just 30.

Despite the premature end to his career, he managed to score over 100 goals for Leeds, and without him, it is unlikely that Clarke's own record would look as impressive as it does. The number of various problems the pair caused defenders made them often unstoppable.

Countdown so far: Number 30, Number 29, Number 28, Number 27, Number 26, Number 25, Number 24, Number 23, Number 22, Number 21, Number 20, Number 19, Number 18, Number 17, Number 16, Number 15, Number 14, Number 13

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