Our latest Star Strip dates from late-1968 and features Allan Clarke, renown as one of England’s finest centre-forward predators. ‘Sniffer’ Clarke is of course most famous for his highly successful nine-year spell with Leeds United, but we snapshot his career a little earlier here during his single season spent with Leicester City. A regular scorer for Walsall and Fulham, Clarke was lured to big-spending City when the Craven Cottage side suffered relegation to Division 2 in 1968.
Star Strip covers Clarke’s formational years and ends on the successful start to his Leicester career. He would have an influential year there and his most important goal was the one that took City to the 1969 F.A.Cup Final. Leeds swooped to sign him that summer for £165,000 and his career never looked back.
Incidentally, our favourite frame comes in the third row and features an unnamed Welsh U23 keeper who appears wholly resigned to his miserable fate as fall-guy to the free-scoring Clarke.