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|Full name||Leon Marvin Clarke|
|Date of birth||10 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Wolverhampton, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Current club||Coventry City|
|2004||→ Kidderminster Harriers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2006||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||1||(0)|
|2006||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||5||(0)|
|2007||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||5||(3)|
|2007–2008||→ Southend United (loan)||16||(8)|
|2010–2011||Queens Park Rangers||13||(0)|
|2011||→ Preston North End (loan)||6||(1)|
|2011||→ Chesterfield (loan)||14||(9)|
|2012||→ Crawley Town (loan)||3||(1)|
|2012||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||15||(11)|
|2013||→ Coventry City (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:37, 16 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Clarke is a product of Wolves' youth academy, where he worked his way up to making his first team debut in a League Cup win over Darlington on 23 September 2003. However, he did not feature at all in the team's Premier League campaign of that season.
During the 2005–06 season his fortunes were mixed, as he benefited from injuries to others in the early part of the season, before slipping down the pecking order later in the season, after new players were signed. He went out on loan twice; first to Queens Park Rangers, then to Plymouth Argyle.
On 15 January 2007, then Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws announced that the Owls had completed the signing of Clarke for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £300,000 signing a contract until 2009. He wore the number 18 shirt, for the remainder of the 2006–07 season. However, only two months later it was announced that Clarke would be going out on loan to League One promotion chasing side Oldham Athletic without having made a starting appearance for Wednesday. Clarke proceeded to score his first goal for Oldham against League One rivals Doncaster Rovers in a 4–0 victory on 11 March 2007. In total, Clarke played five games and scored three goals for Oldham. After returning to Hillsborough, he was immediately placed in the first team and scored on his first start in a 2–1 victory against Cardiff City. After only one goal and one start in the early stages of the 2007–08 season, he was sent on loan to Southend United until January on the last day of the 2007 summer transfer window. He scored on his debut and set up both other goals in a 3–0 victory against Gillingham.
After returning to his parent club Sheffield Wednesday he was restricted to one start and five substitute appearances for the rest of the 2007–08 season. He scored the third goal as Sheffield Wednesday beat Leicester City 3–1 in a "six-point" relegation clash between the clubs on 26 April 2008 and scored another goal in the Owls' final game of the season, a 4–1 win over Norwich City at Hillsborough on 4 May 2008.
Clarke scored the first of Wednesday's two goals in the end of the season relegation battle against Crystal Palace, which could have seen either team relegated from the Championship on 2 May 2010. However in celebrating the goal, he kicked the advertising boarding and dislocated his toe. He was carried off the pitch and subsequently substituted. The game finished 2–2, which saw Wednesday relegated to League One. Three days later it was announced he would not be offered a new contract.
Queens Park Rangers
Clarke signed for Queens Park Rangers on 21 May 2010 on a two-year contract, with manager Neil Warnock stating "he's worth a gamble." After struggling to keep a first-team place at QPR, he was loaned to Preston North End on 28 January 2011 until the end of the season. Clarke scored his only goal for Preston on 15 February 2011 against Watford.
On 19 August 2011, QPR confirmed that Clarke's contract had been terminated by mutual consent. The same day, he signed for Swindon Town on a two-year contract, dropping from the Premier League to League Two to link up with Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio. Clarke went on to make 2 appearances for Swindon in the League against Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town.
Dispute with Di Canio
After a 3–1 loss to Southampton Clarke was involved in an altercation with Claudio Donatelli, the Swindon fitness coach. After Di Canio intervened, the manager and player were shown on television cameras arguing and being separated by coaching staff. Swindon Town chairman Jeremy Wray later confirmed that the club would be looking to offload Clarke on loan as a result of the incident and Di Canio himself stated that Clarke would never play for Swindon whilst he (Di Canio) is manager. On 8 September, he signed a three-month loan deal at League One side Chesterfield. Manager John Sheridan was boss at Oldham when Clarke played five games on loan, scoring three goals. Following his loan move to Chesterfield, Clarke has denied comments by Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio that he is 'not very professional'.
On 9 September 2011, Clarke joined League One club Chesterfield on a three-month loan, scoring on his debut. He subsequently scored on his home debut, followed by a hat-trick against Carlisle, making that five goals in his first three games for the Spireites. He also scored on his return to Sheffield Wednesday but despite this ended up on the losing side as Chesterfield fell to a 3–1 loss.
On 1 January 2012, Clarke signed for Charlton Athletic as part of a swap deal in exchange for Paul Benson. Clarke played his first game for Charlton on 2 January 2012, coming on as a substitute against Brentford in a 2–0 win. However, his time at Charlton was short-lived as Clarke initially struggled; having made only one start. In the summer transfer window, Cheltenham Town and Oldham Athletic had bids for Clarke rejected.
Crawley Town (loan)
Scunthorpe United (loan)
Clarke signed on loan with Scunthorpe United on 7 September 2012 on a three-month loan deal. He made debut a day later, and scored in a 1–1 draw against Sheffield United. He scored again in the following game, scoring the only goal of the game in a win against Shrewsbury Town. He scored again 3 days later to make it 3 goals in 3 games since joining the club, in a 1–1 draw against Oldham Athletic. He continued this run by scoring a penalty in the following game, earning Scunthorpe a 1–0 win against Colchester United. He made it 5 goals in 5 games since signing on 29 September in a 2–1 defeat against Portsmouth. With six goals in eight appearance, Sky Sports reports Charlton are keen to bring back Clarke from Scunthorpe, once his loan spell ended and Scunthorpe United are unable to sign him on a permanent basis After his loan spell, Clarke left Scunthorpe and gave the club a message, thanking them for their support and made 15 appearance in 11 goals.
On 24 December 2012, it was announced that Clarke was training with Coventry City and later joined on loan from Charlton in January with a view to a permanent move. On 1 January 2013, he made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town. Clarke was on the bench and came on for team-mate John Fleck in the 52nd minute. He was handed a first start at Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, having lost the game 3–0. On 7 January 2013, he signed permanently for Coventry City on a free transfer, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. On 10 January, he went on to score his first goal for Coventry in a 3–2 victory over Preston North End in the Football League Trophy. After the match, Manager Mark Robins says the match was 'unbelievable'. Leon Clarke ended the 2012–13 season in good form scoring 8 goals in 11 games in the league until suffering an injury at the end of March ruling him out for the rest of the season.
The 2013–14 season saw Coventry City deducted 10 points for failing to agree to a CVA. The failure for the club to reach a deal also meant that they had to move their home games to Northampton Town's home ground Sixfields. However Clarke and the rest of the team responded to this setback by starting the season in imperious form. Clarke's first 14 games saw him score 11 goals in the league and saw him form a deadly strike partnership with young striker Callum Wilson, who scored 10 in the first 12 games.
Leon Clarke's form for Coventry City has seen him linked with a number of clubs in the Football League due to Coventry City's financial plight. Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United and former club Swindon Town F.C. made public overtures for the striker during the summer transfer window but failed to submit a substantial enough bid to secure his services. Clarke is expected to be under an even greater level of interest when football's January transfer window opens.
- As of 16 December 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2003–04||Premier League||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||3||0|
|Kidderminster Harriers (loan)||2003–04||Division Three||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2005–06||Championship||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Plymouth Argyle (loan)||2005–06||Championship||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers Total||74||13||3||1||6||1||0||0||83||15|
|Oldham Athletic (loan)||2006–07||League One||5||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||3|
|Southend United (loan)||2007–08||League One||16||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||16||8|
|Sheffield Wednesday Total||83||18||2||0||2||0||0||0||87||18|
|Queens Park Rangers||2010–11||Championship||13||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||15||0|
|Preston North End (loan)||2010–11||Championship||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||1|
|Queens Park Rangers Total||13||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||15||0|
|Swindon Town||2011–12||League Two||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||4||0|
|Chesterfield (loan)||2011–12||League One||14||9||1||0||0||0||1||0||16||9|
|Swindon Town Total||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||4||0|
|Charlton Athletic||2011–12||League One||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|Crawley Town (loan)||2011–12||League Two||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
|Scunthorpe United (loan)||2012–13||League One||15||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||11|
|Coventry City (loan)||2012–13||League One||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Charlton Athletic Total||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|Coventry City||2012–13||League One||11||8||0||0||0||0||3||2||14||10|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances (including substitutes) and goals in the Football League Trophy.
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- Leon Clarke career stats at Soccerbase