Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 7

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At 7 in the countdown is arguably the greatest out-and-out striker Leeds United ever had.

While Peter Lorimer may have ultimately scored more goals in a Leeds United shirt, Allan Clarke is arguably the greatest natural striker the Whites have ever had.

The forward arrived at Elland Road from Leicester City in 1969 as Don Revie attempted to build on the side's maiden First Division title the previous season. And Clarke made an immediate impact, scoring 17 times in 29 league games in his first campaign.

It was his partnership with Mick Jones that made him ruthless in front of goal, and ultimately put Leeds in contention in most of the competitions they played in during that period. 

Clarke's positioning ability made him the perfect partner for the more energetic Jones, and together the pair gave opposition defences so many nightmares. 

His first piece of major silverware for the club came in 1971 as United defeated Italian giants Juventus in the Fairs Cup. Clarke scored in the second leg of the final to help the Peacocks to a 3-3 draw on aggregate with the Old Lady which handed the Yorkshire side the trophy on away goals as they had scored twice in Turin.

And he would steal the stage once again one year later during the FA Cup final. It was his powerful diving header that gave Leeds a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley in the Centenary final. 

While Revie's side would taste no more success in finals, they did go on to win the First Division crown for a second time in 1974, and they would reach the European Cup final one year later.

The night in Paris was marred by ugly scenes both on and off the pitch as Leeds were denied a chance at beating Bayern Munich by some very questionable officiating. Clarke was one of the players to directly suffer as a poor challenge from Franz Beckenbauer inside the penalty area went unpunished.

Clarke would continue to play for Leeds until 1978 when he joined Barnsley as player-manager. However, he would return to manage at Elland Road but was unable to bring success back to the club and was sacked after they were relegated in 1982.

Despite the disappointing end, Clarke - or Sniffer as he was known - remains a Leeds hero to this day. He scored 151 goals in 351 appearances for the club including the goal that clinched their FA Cup triumph in 1972. 

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