Walsall player 161. Milan Lalkovič


Milan Lalkovič (born 9 December 1992) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger.
Born in Košice, Lalkovič spent his early career with Košice-Barca and MFK Košice before signing for English clubChelsea in 2007He joined Doncaster Rovers in August 2010; Lalkovič made a total of six appearances for Doncaster before returning to Chelsea.
Lalkovič signed a season-long loan deal with Dutch club ADO Den Haag in August 2011,[] and a season-long loan deal with Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães in July 2012. On 4 January 2013 Lalkovič was recalled by Chelsea as he was struggling to find regular playing time.
On 15 July 2013, Lalkovič signed for Walsall on a six-month loan deal. During this period, Lalkovič scored 4 times in 24 appearances. On 6 January 2014, Lalkovič extended his loan with Walsall until the end of the season. On 23 May 2014, Chelsea released Lalkovič and made him available for free transfer.
On 25 July 2014, Lalkovič signed a deal with Czech FK Mladá Boleslav.

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Milan Lalkovič
Personal information
Full name Milan Lalkovič
Date of birth 9 December 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Košice, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 10
Youth career
Košice-Barca
1998–2007 MFK Košice
2007–2010 Chelsea
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Chelsea 0 (0)
2011  Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2012 ADO Den Haag (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Vitória de Guimarães (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2014 Walsall (loan) 38 (6)
2014–2015 Mladá Boleslav 6 (0)
2015 Barnsley 17 (0)
2015-2016 Walsall 40 (7)
2016- Portsmouth 0 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Slovakia U17 9 (2)
2009–2010 Slovakia U19 3 (0)
2011–2014 Slovakia U21 16 (1)
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Walsall player 151. Simeon Alexander Jackson


Simeon Alexander Jackson (born 28 March 1987) is a Canadian international soccer player who plays for Walsall in the English Football League One. He has spent the majority of his career playing in England, relocating from Mississauga, Ontario, to South London as a teenager to pursue his interest in soccer. Following a rejection by Gillingham after a trial, he played semi-professionally before making his name with Rushden & Diamonds of the Football Conference. His goal scoring feats for the club earned him a move to Gillingham, then of Football League Two, in 2008. He scored the winning goal for the club in the 2009 Football League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.

In 2010 Jackson was transferred to Norwich City, then of the Football League Championship, and scored the goal that clinched Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League the following year. He fell out of favour at the club during the 2012–13season, however, and opted to join German club Eintracht Braunschweig who were newly promoted to the Bundesliga. Desiring regular playing time, his contract with the German club was mutually terminated in January 2014 and he returned to England.

Jackson has played for the Canadian national team since 2009. During qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup he scored a hat-trick against Saint Lucia.

Jackson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of three, he moved with his parents to MississaugaOntario. Jackson played for his local team in Canada, Sunoco FC. He was invited to have trials with Gillingham, but was rejected by the club. At the age of 15, he moved to England and lived with his grandmother in CroydonSouth London While playing for Dulwich Hamlet, Jackson worked at McDonald’s to sustain his move to England.

He joined Rushden & Diamonds in 2004 and was the club’s top scorer in the 2006–07 season, scoring 20 goals. The next season he was top scorer for the Diamonds in the league, scoring 16 goals, despite leaving for Gillingham in January. He was joint eighth top scorer in the league that season. In 2005, he had trials with Manchester United and Manchester City. Jackson went on a one-month loan to Raunds Town in December 2005. When he left the Diamonds he had established himself as the club’s eighth highest goalscorer, scoring 43 goals in just over 100 games in all competitions.

In January 2008, he signed with Gillingham, a club he had a trial with as a youth player, for a transfer fee of £150,000 on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut against Cheltenham Town on 2 February 2008.

On 4 January 2009, Jackson scored an equalizing goal for Gillingham in their 2–1 FA Cup Third Round defeat by Aston Villa. He scored both goals as Gillingham beat Rochdalein the 2008–09 play-off semi final, and the 90th-minute winner in the 1–0 win against Shrewsbury Town in the final, as Gillingham returned to League One one year after relegation. Jackson signed for Norwich on 15 July 2010, signing a two-year contract with the club, with the option for another year, in a deal which saw striker Cody McDonald move to Gillingham on loan. He was given the number 10 jersey upon his arrival at the club. He made his debut for the club in a 3–2 home loss to Watford on 6 August 2010. He scored his first goal for the club against Swansea City on 21 August. Manager Paul Lambert has been using Jackson as an impact substitute due to the form and partnership of Grant Holt and Chris Martin. Jackson was given a start against Bristol City, and scored a brace, with a goal in each half at Ashton Gate. Jackson started the next four games again, in favour of Martin.[13] He scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1–0 win over Middlesbrough on 23 October. After a few months of mostly coming in as a substitute again, on 2 April 2011, Jackson scored his first hat-trick for Norwich, coming on as a substitute and scoring three times in the last twenty minutes of the match against Scunthorpe United at Carrow Road. He went on to score the goal that clinched Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League, a late winner against Portsmouth.

Jackson made his Premier League debut on 21 August 2011, as a second-half substitute for Chris Martin in the second game of the season against Stoke City, the game finished with a Kenwyne Jones stoppage time header which resulted in a 1–1 home draw for Norwich. Following his Premier League debut, Jackson began to struggle finding minutes in the team, he did not play a minute of football in the league until 1 October as a second half sub against Manchester United. Jackson made his first start in the Premier League on 26 November in a 2–1 victory over Queens Park Rangers, this was the first time a Canadian international had started in the Premier League since David Edgar on 24 May 2009 with Burnley. Jackson scored his first Premier League goal on 20 December against Wolverhampton Wanderers when he converted a Steve Morison cross one minute after being subbed on. Jackson came on as a second half sub against Fulham on 31 December and scored the game tying goal in second half injury time to earn a 1–1 home draw. In the fourth round of the FA Cup in late January Norwich was drawn against West Bromwich Albion, Jackson came off the bench in the 65th minute with the game being tied at 1–1 and scored the winning goal in the 85th to take the Canaries into the fifth round. After failing to make an appearance for almost a month Jackson returned to the starting line up in a 3–3 away draw on 5 May against Arsenal. The following week, Jackson was given the start again in the final game of the season against Aston Villa, the game ended in a 2–0 home victory with Jackson and Grant Holt as the scorers. Jackson finished the 2011–12 campaign for Norwich having made 22 appearances, starting in 10 of those. He scored three goals and registered two assists, with 34 shots on goal in his debut Premier League season. The club took up the option to extend Jackson’s contract for another year in June 2012, along with David Fox and Elliott Ward. On 25 August 2012 he scored his first goal of the new season in a 1–1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers. At the end of the season, Jackson was released by Norwich, having struggled to find minutes during his second year in the top flight. On 10 July 2013, Jackson signed for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig on a two-year contract. Jackson was previously linked with a move to Championship side Bournemouth. After just nine appearances during the first half of the season, Jackson and Eintracht Braunschweig mutually agreed to terminate his contract on 31 January 2014.

On 1 February 2014, a day after his Eintracht Braunschweig contract was terminated, Jackson agreed to join Championship side Millwall on a deal until the end of the season. He made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion on 1 March 2014. Jackson scored his first goal on 25 March in a 3–2 home defeat to Birmingham City.

On 18 August 2014, Jackson signed for League One team Coventry City on a one-year contract. On 13 September Jackson scored his first goal for the club and the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Yeovil Town.

After leaving Coventry at the end of the 2014–15 season, Jackson went on trial at fellow League One side Barnsley. On 3 September 2015, he signed a short-term contract that would keep him at the club until 3 January 2016.

Following a successful trial, Jackson signed a short-term deal with Blackburn Rovers on 15 January 2016 to last until the end of the 2015–16 season. He scored his first goal for Blackburn in a 2–1 defeat to Leeds United on 12 March 2016

On 18th July 2016 Simeon signed a two year contract at 1st Division Walsall, When asked why he came to Walsall he said ‘The Boss, told me what they were doing here and what he wanted from me. I was sold’

 

Simeon Jackson
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Simeon Jackson in Gillingham colours
Personal information
Full name Simeon Alexander Jackson
Date of birth 28 March 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Walsall
Number 9
Youth career
Sunoco FC
ASPIRE Academy
Dulwich Hamlet
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Rushden & Diamonds 88 (40)
2005 Raunds Town (loan)
2008–2010 Gillingham 104 (38)
2010–2013 Norwich City 73 (17)
2013–2014 Eintracht Braunschweig 9 (0)
2014 Millwall 14 (2)
2014–2015 Coventry City 28 (3)
2015–2016 Barnsley 9 (0)
2016 Blackburn Rovers 17 (2)
2016– Walsall 0 (0)
National team
2006–2008 Canada U20 7 (0)
2009– Canada 47 (6)

Walsall player 128. Alf Wheeler


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Personal information
Full name Alfred James Wheeler
Date of birth April qtr. 1910
Place of birth Bilston, England

Date of death Not known
Playing position Inside-forward / centre-forward

Senior career
Years                     Team                                 Apps    (Gls)
1931–1932              Walsall                                  11      (3)
1932                         Mossley                                  ?       ?
1932–1933              Brentford                               1      (0)
1933–1934              Northampton Town            5      (1)
1934–1935              Southampton                      11      (6)
1935                         Barnsley                                 0       (0)
1935–1936              Norwich City                         0       (0)
1936                          Gillingham                            8       (3)

Alfred James “Alf” Wheeler (born 1910) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward for various clubs inthe Football League in the 1930s.
Wheeler was born in Bilston, near Wolverhampton and started his professional career with Walsall in the Football League Third Division North, for whom he scored three goals in eleven league appearances. After a spell in the Cheshire County League with Mossley, Wheeler joined Brentford, before joining Northampton Town for the 1933–34 season, in which he made five appearances, scoring once.
In July 1934, he joined Southampton of the Second Division, making his debut playing at inside-left at home to Port Vale on 27 August. He was in and out of the side for most of the season, with Arthur Holt the preferred inside-left. In November 1934, Wheeler played three matches at centre-forward in place of Norman Cole, scoring an “outstanding” hat-trick in the first 27 minutes of a 4–1 victory over Bradford City. A lack of consistency led to him being dropped in favour of new signing, Walter Pollard, and Wheeler was transfer listed at the end of the season.
In August 1935, he joined Barnsley for a fee of £100, and in October he moved on to Norwich City, but he never played first-team football for either club. In the summer of 1936, he joined his final league club, Gillingham, making a further eight league appearances, scoring three goals.

Walsall player 85. Alan Birch


Personal information

Alan Birch
Date of birth 12 August 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth West Bromwich, England

Playing position Winger

Youth

1972 Walsall as an apprentice

Senior career
Years                     Team                                                   Apps       (Gls)
1973–1979              Walsall                                               191           (24)
1979–1981             Chesterfield                                        90            (35)
1981–1982             Wolverhampton Wanderers           15             (0)
1982–1983             Barnsley                                                44           (10)
1983–1984             Chesterfield                                         32             (5)
1984–1986             Rotherham United                           101           (28)
1986–1987             Scunthorpe United                            23             (2)
1987–1988             Stockport County                               20             (3)
Frickley Athletic                                       ?            ?

Total                                   511          (107)
Alan Birch (born 12 August 1956) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger, making over 500 career appearances.He is the brother of Paul Birch who played for Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alan arrived at Walsall as a 16 year old in 1972 after having had some trial games with West Bromwich Albion. He came through his apprentiship and signed professionaling in August/september 1973. Alam was loved by the fans for the enthusiasm and energy he gave on the field, he soon settled into the team and became a regular playing 191 times inclusive of substitute games, and scored 24 goals. He was sold to Chesterfield for a sum of around £40,000 in 1979, two years later he joined Wolves for £180,000 but never settled into the Wolverhampton system. He was sold to Barnsley and then returned to Chesterfield, Rotherham, Scunthorpe United, Stockport County and Frickley Athletic.

Here is an article from the spirites, about Alan’s time with them.

Chesterfield’s capture of Alan Birch was not only Walsall’s loss. Shortly before joining the Spireites he reportedly went to Field Mill for talks and agreed terms with Billy Bingham at Mansfield Town. Apparently, he went for lunch while the contract was drawn up and came back an hour later, to find that the Stags had sacked Bingham! Although the Stags were still keen on him, Birch decided that the move was no longer in his best interests, and the Spireites stepped in, consolidating an interest in Alan that dated back to an excellent performance for the Saddlers at Saltergate in March 1979.

Chesterfield paid £40,000 for Birchy in July 1979. He immediately became a crowd favourite and Alan graced a Chesterfield side enjoying its best spell for thirty years.His tightly-curled perm made him instantly recognisable as he executed the ‘roving brief’ that Arthur Cox gave him.He was allowed and encouraged to take people on, cut in from the wing and unleash powerful shots, and scored a number of memorable goals in this fashion.

The club finished fourth in the Third Division in his first season and one place lower in his second. A string of excellent individual performances attracted a £200,000 bid from Wolverhampton Wanderers and with a financial crisis hanging over the Spireites by a Damoclean thread, the bid was accepted. Much bitterness still surrounds the circumstances of his move to Wolves: They went into voluntary liquidation soon after signing him and re-formed, rescheduling their debts in such a way that Chesterfield did not receive the agreed fee.This was particularly hard on the Spireites, who needed the Wolves money in order to pay of a debt to Leicester so that a Football League-imposed transfer ban might be lifted. Wolves eventually coughed up a total of £177,500, very nearly all they promised, but in the eyes of many Town fans, Wolves were allowed to get away with it in order to keep a ‘big name’ alive: the same bonhomie was not shown to Chesterfield in their hour of need a few seasons later.

Walsall player 43 Brian Taylor


Brian (Joseph) Taylor

Date of birth 24 March 1937 (age 78)    Died June 10th 2015
Place of birth Walsall, England
Playing position Winger

Youth career
1952–1954 Walsall

Senior career
    Years                                             Team                             Apps
1954–1958                                     Walsall                               77
1958–1961                                     Birmingham City                54
1961–1963                                     Rotherham United              42
1963–1965                                     Shrewsbury Town              73
1965–1967                                     Port Vale                            46
1967–1968                                     Barnsley                             24
1968–1970                        Kidderminster Harriers

1970–19??                            Bromsgrove Rovers

                                                  Welshpool Town

                                                 Oswestry Town

                                                  Darlaston

Taylor started his career as an amateur with Walsall, and turned professional in September 1954. He made more than 70 appearances for the “Saddlers” in the Third Division South. Frank Buckley failed to keep Walsall out of the re-election zone in the 1954–55 season, and the Fellows Park outfit continued to struggle in the lower half of the table in 1955–56 and 1956–57 under the stewardship of John Love. Despite the introduction of new boss Bill Moore, a 20th place finish in 1957–58 left the club to become founder members of the Fourth Division.
He moved to First Division club Birmingham City in June 1958 in exchange for £10,000 and the inside-forward Jimmy Cochrane. Manager Arthur Turner described him as a “wonderful prospect”. He scored six goals from 30 appearances in the 1958–59 season. Each of the six was the last goal of its match: his first top-flight goal, “tearing through straight from the second-half kick-off”, helped earn his club a draw at Portsmouth, the other five all came in comfortable wins. Having come into the first team early in the 1959–60 season when Gordon Astall was injured in the home defeat of Newcastle United, Taylor suffered double vision in the reverse fixture a week later and was out for a month. He was selected regularly during October by manager Pat Beasley until a broken leg, sustained in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final win over R.U. Saint-Gilloise in mid-November, kept him out for a year. Though he returned to the first team, the injury had robbed him of much of his pace. He scored on his return, against Manchester United, and made 24 appearances during the remainder of the season, sharing the outside-left position with Billy Rudd: Taylor was preferred on a heavy pitch.
After the removal of the maximum wage in 1961, Taylor was unable to agree terms for the coming season, so Birmingham circulated other clubs inviting offers for him. By mid-September, it became clear that the remaining few contract “rebels”, Taylor included, would get no help from the League in settling their disputes with their clubs, and the Professional Footballers’ Association advised them to submit transfer requests. Taylor played four first-team matches during September, then signed for Rotherham United on 13 October for a £10,000 fee.
Rotherham were competing in the Second Division under the stewardship of Tom Johnston. Taylor quickly became an established member of the team at Millmoor with his “good crossing ability”, making a total of 26 appearances in the 1961–62 season. In the following season he was in and out of the team under new boss Danny Williams, but still managed another 20 appearances for the “Millers”.
He moved to Shrewsbury Town for the 1963–64 season. Arthur Rowley’s “Shrews” posted 11th and 16th place finishes in the Third Division in 1963–64 and 1964–65. Taylor played 73 league games in his two seasons at the Gay Meadow.
Taylor was sold to Jackie Mudie’s Port Vale for £3,000 in July 1965.] He scored three goals in 42 appearances in the 1965–66 campaign, but made just 11 appearances at Vale Park in the 1966–67 season. He was given a free transfer to Fourth Division rivals Barnsley in May 1967.
Taylor played 24 games, and helped Johnny Steele’s “Tykes” to win promotion with a second place finish in 1967–68, five points behind champions Luton Town. Despite this success, he left Oakwell and entered non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers (West Midlands (Regional) League), Bromsgrove Rovers, Welshpool Town, Oswestry Town and Darlaston.

Brian passed away June 10th 2015.

Walsall Player 8 Alan Clarke


Allan (Sniffer) Clarke

Born Short Heath, Willenhall on 31st July 1946.

Allan Clarke

PERSONAL INFORMATION

DATE OF BIRTH

31 July 1946 (age 69)
PLACE OF BIRTH

Willenhall, England
PLAYING POSITION

Striker
SENIOR CAREER

YEARS            Team                  Apps      (Gls)

1963–1966        Walsall                72         (41)

1966–1968       Fulham                86        (45)

1968–1969       Leicester City   36         (12)

1969–1978       Leeds United   273       (110)

1978–1980       Barnsley              47        (15)

NATIONAL TEAM

1970–1975        England               19         (10)

TEAMS MANAGED

1978–1980          Barnsley
1980–1982           Leeds United
1983–1984           Scunthorpe United
1985–1989            Barnsley
1990                       Lincoln City
Allan John Clarke. Born 31st July 1946 in Short Heath, Willenhall, Staffordshire. He obtained the nickname ‘Sniffer’ for the way he scored his goals! The inference being that he could sniff out a goal, but if you went down and stood on the Laundry Bridge on an afternoon, you would see him out on the pitch with the manager and some tyres tied around the goals and he would be hitting the ball from different areas around the pitch and he would have to get so many in the tyres before that days training finished. I watched him many times doing this, so he worked very hard at being able to do that (score in the top and bottom corners of the net) He is a former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Walsall, Fulham, Leicester City, Leeds United and Barnsley during his career. He also won 19 international caps playing for England and 6 under 23 caps.

Clarke started his career at Walsall making his debut at the tender age of 16 in 1963. He moved to Fulham FC in March 1966 in a transfer deadline deal, for £37,500. Such was his early promise that Leicester City then paid £150,000 for Clarke in 1968. He spent just one season at Leicester City, in which he scored the winning goal in the 1969 FA Cup semi final, knocking out the team he had supported as a boy – West Bromwich Albion. He also starred in the final, which Leicester City lost 1–0 to Manchester City.

Clarke came from a footballing family, his brothers Wayne, Frank, Derek and Kelvin played League Soccer, but he was the pick of the crop. He represented Birmingham Schools and South East Staffordshire Boys before joining Walsall as an apprentice on leaving school in 1961, turning professional on 12th August 1963. He began scoring goals regularly and was voted Walsall’s Player of the Year by the supporters in 1964-65, when he top-scored with twenty-three League goals. He finished top scorer again in 1965-66, netting another twenty-three goals even though he was sold to Fulham well before the end of the season. He had scored forty-one League goals in seventy-two games when First Division Fulham signed him in March 1966 for £35,000. While at Fulham he picked up five England Under-Twenty-Three Caps and he burst onto the International scene with a four-goal blast past a bewildered and shell-shocked Wales at Molineux in an 8-0 landslide on 12th October 1966. His second followed almost a year later at Boothferry Park, when he teamed up for the first time with Mick Jones to pilot England to a 3-0 win over Austria and his third came at the end of that month on 31st May 1967 as England were held to a 0-0 draw by Greece in Athens. Three days later he picked up his fourth cap in a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in Sofia and on the 7th June 1967 he scored in a 3-1 win over Turkey in Ankara to make it five goals in five games. In just over two years at Craven Cottage he had scored forty-five League goals in eighty-six games while playing in a very mediocre team, before he joined Leicester City for a record £150,000 in June 1968. He picked up his sixth and final Under-Twenty-Three cap in a 4-0 win over Portugal at Highfield Road, Coventry when he got two of the goals to take his tally to seven from six games. Once again he had joined a struggling team but once again he proved his ability to score goals from nothing with remarkable consistency, and Don Revie had already noted his ability when he caused his defenders trouble when in opposition. However, it was a “Man of the Match” display for the Foxes in their 1968-69 F.A. Cup Final loss to Manchester City, which co-incided with their relegation, that prompted the Leeds Manager to break the club transfer record and pay £165,000 to bring him to Leeds, in July 1969, and so add the final piece to his jig-saw puzzle of making Leeds, freshly crowned Champions of England, the best team in Europe. His time at Leicester had seen him score twelve League goals in thirty-six games and the man they called “Sniffer” was united with Mick Jones to make the strongest spearhead in the Football League. “Sniffer” Clarke’s instinctive nose for goals won scores of games for Leeds. Sometimes he was criticised for a lack of work-rate but when it came to goal-poaching, he was devastating. His partnership with Mick Jones was one which few clubs have bettered. He made his debut in the Charity Shield against Manchester City at Elland Road on 2nd August 1969, in what was to become the legendary Leeds team. Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley, Clarke, Jones, Giles and Gray, with Lorimer, on this occasion, substitute. He was the final piece in the jigsaw, the jewel in the crown. In his first League game, he immediately became a fans’ favourite, scoring once in United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in front of a crowd of 35,000 at Elland Road on 9th August 1969. Possibly the deadliest goalscoring career that Leeds United fans have ever seen was about to begin. In his first season with the club, Clarke and Leeds were on course for the treble. The European Cup, the F.A. Cup and the First Division Title were all on the Leeds agenda for the vast majority of the season, and they came very close to achieving their target, but fell so cruelly short of all three goals. Due to the small squad all clubs had in those days, Leeds just eventually burned, and fatigue took its toll on the club’s players. FA rules of the time restricted each team to a squad of twenty players, and Leeds took part in sixty-two games, excluding the Charity Shield, that season. They lost to Celtic 3-1 on aggregate in the European Cup Semi-Final, and eventually fell away from the League title as Everton went from strength to strength. However, due to the fixtures being crammed into a smaller period, due to the timing of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, even after the League programme had been completed, United still had an FA Cup Final Replay to contest before the end of April. The Final was United’s first in five years. They had played nine games in twenty-two days as Don Revie led them onto the pitch to face Chelsea, at Wembley, on 11th April 1970. In a game in which Leeds totally outclassed Chelsea, they appeared to have the game won, with only minutes left. Billy Bremner played in Johnny Giles on the wing and from the Irishman’s cross Clarke headed the ball against the post, but the ever-alert Mick Jones was on hand to force the rebound low and hard into the corner of the net. Leeds looked to have gained some tangible result for a season of high endeavour, but it was not to be. Chelsea then went up the other end of the pitch and scored to send the game into a replay at Old Trafford, a game in which Clarke played a major part in, and a game which was revered in F.A. Cup history. Leeds took the lead through Jones. Clarke had received the ball, skipped past several challenges and put Jones clear, near the half-way line. Jones brushed aside tackles from the Chelsea defence before dribbling forty yards and placing the ball into the far top corner of the net. Chelsea scored a late goal to force the game into extra-time through Peter Osgood, and David Webb scored in extra-time. Leeds couldn’t recover and Chelsea won the F.A. Cup for the first time. A devasting blow for Leeds to finish with nothing from a season which had promised so much and in which Allan Clarke had top-scored with twenty-six goals for them. However, for several Leeds players, including Clarke, their season was still not at an end, as they went on to represent their countries in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Following on his caps for the England Under-Twenty-Three team, he had appeared for an England XI and scored twice in a 4-0 win over a Mexico XI in Guadalajara on 4th June 1969. He had followed this up in the prelude to the 1970 Mexico World Cup by playing for the England “B” team on 20th May 1970 in a 1-0 win over Columbia in Bogata and also against an Ecuador XI known as Liga Deportiva Universidad which they beat 4-1 in Quito on 24th May 1970, but an England full cap still eluded him. On 11th June 1970 this was rectified, when he made his England debut, as the only previously uncapped player in England’s vital World Cup Group “C” qualifying match against Czechoslovakia at Guadalajara. With England needing to win to stay in the competition, Clarke lined up with his Leeds team-mates Terry Cooper and Jack Charlton and it was he who took the vital English penalty, when other more experienced players would not, and with ice-cool precision hit the back of the net to give England the win they needed. It was his only appearance of the tournament. His second appearance, against East Germany at Wembley on 12th November 1970, brought his second goal and he kept up his International scoring record as he scored from the spot in an European Cup qualifier in a 5-0 win over Malta at Wembley on 12th May 1971. He brought his Cap collection to six as he played in all three Home Internationals in quick succession. He made it four goals in four games when he scored the only goal of the game against Northern Ireland in Belfast on 15th May 1971, but failed to score when he came on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Wales at Wembley on 19th May and in the 3-1 win over Scotland also at Wembley on 22nd May 1971. Those games came at the end of another long and once more frustrating and almost unrewarding season at Leeds. He led the Leeds scorers for the second successive season with twenty-three goals, missing only three of United’s fifty-nine games in a season when they lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on 2nd June 1971, at the end of another long and arduous season, in which Clarke had not had a break since his debut in the Charity Shield game, almost two years earlier. United had suffered another season of disappointments robbed, this time, by referee Ray Tinkler against West Bromwich Albion in April 1971. Clarke scored for Leeds, but Leeds lost 2-1 due to Tinkler failing to spot a clear offside, flagged for by a linesman, but ignored by him. He allowed play to continue and Jeff Astle went on to score to win the game for his team. Arsenal won the title by one point, in what was the most controversial title race of the 1970’s. However, United still had something to cheer as they beat Juventus in the Inter-City Fairs Cup on away goals, and Clarke scored at Elland Road for United in that Final, but, yet again United had falling short of their potential. The 1971-72 season saw Clarke write himself indeluably into United folklore and their History, when his renowned diving header against Arsenal in the F.A. Cup Final win over Arsenal at Wembley on 6th May 1972, became a goal all United supporters, young and old could relate to. Mick Jones got to behind Arsenal full-back Bob McNab, crossed the ball towards the edge of the penalty area where Clarke, ran onto the ball, diving in the air, meeting it perfectly and sending it into the bottom corner. Clarke also hit the bar in that game, and played a major part in some virtuoso performances, that season, as Leeds turned in some outstanding performances of football brilliance to the delight of television audiences. However, Leeds were once again robbed of the title. After playing a gruelling FA Cup Final in front of 100,000 people, and millions worldwide, Leeds were forced to play Wolves away on the following Monday to win the title. Lacking the services of an injured Mick Jones, a fatigued United lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, which just a draw would have given them, the second half to the “Double”. Clarke had not been as prolific as in previous seasons and Peter Lorimer had top scored, with Clarke collecting fifteen. 1972-73 was another season of disappointment for Leeds and for Clarke, as Leeds dropped to third in the League and provided one of the all-time F.A. Cup shocks when they were beaten 1-0 at Wembley in the Final by Second Division Sunderland. The disappointment did not stop there as United lost in the Final of the European Cup-Winners’ Cup, with AC Milan, with the help of a biased and bought referee, winning 1-0 over a depleted United, with Clarke and several others unavailable. He was top in the Leeds goalscorers list, for the third time, with twenty-six goals. It was towards the end of that season, however, that Clarke was recalled to the England team when he scored twice in a 5-0 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on 14th February 1973. He was also in the team at Wembley when England beat Wales 3-0 on 15th May 1973 and Scotland 1-0 on 19th May before scoring against Czechoslovakia in a 1-1 draw in Prague on 27th May. He then played in the World Cup qualifier in Chorzow when England went down to Poland 0-2 on 6th June, but four days later he played in a 2-1 win over USSR in Moscow before bringing his England Caps to thirteen on 14th June 1973 as England lost 0-2 to Italy in Turin and his goal tally remained at seven. From the ashes of the 1972-73 season rose the phoenix that saw United go twenty-nine games undefeated in the season that gave Clarke his only Football League Championship medal and one again saw him second to Mick Jones as United’s top goalscorer with sixteen goals. He also accumulated another three England Caps and scored three more goals, as he scored twice in a 7-0 rout of Austria at Wembley on 26th September 1973, then a penalty in England’s calamitous 1-1 defeat by Poland, which saw England eliminated from the World Cup in the qualifying game at Wembley on 17th October 1973 and he was also in the team beaten 0-2 by Italy at Wembley on 14th November 1973. 1974-75 saw United struggle after the departure of Don Revie and the forty-four days of disaster that was the reign of Brian Clough, before Jimmy Armfield was able to salvage something from the ruins by leading United to the European Cup Final in Paris, and finish ninth in the League. Once again United were denied in a European Final by some dubious decisions by a referee, with Clarke being the subject of a clear penalty as he was scythed down from behind by Beckenbauer in the act of scoring. He again led the Leeds scorers for the fourth time with twenty-two goals and he added his fourteenth cap to his collection when he played in England’s 0-0 draw at Wembley on 20th November 1974 in a European Cup qualifier. Clarke was second to Duncan McKenzie in United’s scoring list with thirteen goals as Leeds consolidated in fifth position of the First Division, and he added his two final England caps to bring his collection to sixteen with appearances in the European Cup qualifiers against Czechoslovakia in Bratislavia, which was lost 1-2, on 30th October 1974 and his final appearance, as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Lisbon on 19th November 1974. 1974-75 saw United in tenth spot as Joe Jordan topped the scorers for United with Clarke getting seven, as injuries started to punctuate his career. In his final season at Leeds injuries again took their toll as Leeds finished ninth and Hankin led their scorers with Clarke scoring just four from nine starts and two games from the bench. He joined Barnsley as Player-Manager in June 1978 for £45,000, and got them promoted from Division Four at his first attempt in 1978-79, scoring twelve times in thirty-four games. The Oakwell crowds increased as their confidence in the Tykes grew. Clarke invested wisely in new players, but in general would have been disappointed in finishing eleventh as he contributed three goals in thirteen games before he hung up his boots in September 1980. In the 1980-81 season his team came together and promotion to the Second Division was achieved, but Clarke was not there to see it as he had returned to Elland Road to take over from Jimmy Adamson as Manager on 16th September 1980 and took his Coach Barry Murphy and Chief Scout Martin Wilkinson with him, leaving Norman Hunter to become Player-Manager and ensure their promotion. United had been in decline for several seasons and Clarke managed to stabilise a team that had won only one of its first nine games of the 1980-81 season and by working on the defence turned around their fortunes to ensure a creditable ninth spot in the final table. However, despite the disastrous purchase of Peter Barnes, it was a lack of goals that caused his downfall as he acquired Frank Worthington just a little too late for his nine goals to prevent the club’s relegation to the Second Division at season’s end and Clarke fell on his sword on 25th June 1982. He returned to become Manager of Scunthorpe United on 2nd February 1983 and guided them to promotion from the Fourth Division in fourth spot, at the end of the season. In the close season Clarke brought in several players to bolster the team for the fight to retain Third Division status. Despite eliminating Leeds United in a money-spinning three games in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup, and the purchase of more players as the season progressed, a poor away record meant that relegation ensued and, as the 1984-85 started, a boardroom power struggle saw Clarke and the club Chairman leave. Almost a year later Clarke came back to replace Bobby Collins as Manager of Barnsley in July 1985. His reign was severely restricted by lack of finance and having to sell his better players to balance the books. In his first season of 1985-86, he took them to a creditable twelfth in the Second Division, followed by an eleventh in 1986-87, but a good run in the Cup saw them reach the Fifth Round before being eliminated by Arsenal, 0-2 at Highbury . In 1987/88, they had some fine wins, one being in eliminating First Division West Ham United from the League Cup after winning 5-2 at Upton Park, but in the League they finished a disappointing fourteenth. 1988-89 saw his best season of his second reign at Barnsley, when a fine second half to the season, in which they only lost twice in the last sixteen games, saw the Tykes almost reach the play-offs, while in the F.A. Cup they again reached the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup before being beaten 0-1 by Everton at Oakwell. Things turned sour the following season and with Barnsley firmly in the relegation places, Clarke was sacked on 8th November 1989. His final fling at Football Management lasted only five months and just eighteen games, when he took over at Lincoln City on 4th June 1990. A poor start to the season saw Clarke dismissed on 30th November 1990, just one hundred and seventy-nine days after his appointment. He still lives in Lincolnshire and has worked as a representative of a ventilation extractor business and is a frequent visitor to Elland Road and supporter of past players events