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Player of the Day: Jeff Clarke

by Stuart Vose

We profile 70's defender.

Big defender Jeff Clarke was born in Pontefract but began his career with Manchester City, where he signed apprentice forms in 1971 before turning pro the following year.

He arrived at Sunderland in June 1975 as part of the deal which took Dave Watson to Maine Road, with Sunderland also receiving a reported fee of £200,000 as part of the deal.

Dominant in the air and also useful on the ground, Clarke racked up more than 200 appearances in red and white despite recurring knee injuries, one of which caused him to miss the entire 1980-81 season.

Clarke twice won promotion with the club, in 1976 and again in 1980. After being released in the summer of 1982, Clarke joined Newcastle. He also played on loan at Brighton before moving to Turkey with MKE Ankaragucu.

Jeff later studied at Salford University to qualify as a physiotherapist and worked at Sunderland's Academy for a spell. He is now physiotherapist at Scottish side Dundee United.