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Position Centre forward
Born 15 Dec 1951, Carluke (Scotland)
Height 180 cm
Weight 71 kg
International Caps Scotland: 52 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Greenock Morton   01 Oct 1970     £15000
Leeds United 01 Oct 1970 04 Jan 1978 220 48 £350000
Manchester United 04 Jan 1978 01 Jul 1981 109 37 £325000
AC Milan 01 Jul 1981        
Verona   01 Aug 1984     £150000
Southampton 01 Aug 1984 01 Feb 1987 48 12 £0
Bristol City 01 Feb 1987 01 Jun 1990 57 8  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1970 - 1971 0  0  0  0(2)  0 
1971 - 1972 5(7)  1(1)  0  11 0 
1972 - 1973 16(10)9 0(1)  1(1)  6(1)3 0 
1973 - 1974 25(8)7 4(1)2 0  3(1)  0 
1974 - 1975 26(3)4 6  4  82 0 
1975 - 1976 15(2)2 0  0  0  0 
1976 - 1977 3210 52 1  0  0 
1977 - 1978 203 0  33 0  0 
Total 139(30)35 16(3)4 9(1)3 18(4)6 0 

Jabba's Comments

Joe Jordan must surely rank as one of the greatest bargain finds Leeds ever made. Ignored by the big clubs as he left school, he played for Scottish junior side Blantyre Vics before moving on to Morton, while holding down a job as a draughtsman to pay the bills. When Bobby Collins saw the raw talent in the 18-year-old Jordan, he had no hesitation in recommending him to Don Revie, and Revie's shrewd £15,000 punt on the youngster was to pay great dividends for Leeds.

His toothless scowl was to become the terror of defenders throughout the league - he removed his false teeth before games to make himself look even more ferocious (as well as to make sure that they didn't fall out!). He was slowly brought into the first team as a substitute and made his international debut against the old enemy in 1973. He became a regular at international level and was to score the goal that took Scotland to the 1974 World Cup Finals.

It was a massive loss to the club when he moved on to Manchester United for a record fee, and he looked good enough to persuade the great AC Milan to come in for him. His old-fashioned centre-forward approach was less of a success in Italy, and on his return to England he had three seasons with Southampton before finishing his playing career with Terry Cooper's Bristol City at the age of 39

He subsequently took charge of City and had a spell in management in Scotland with Hearts in the early 1990s. Joe is currently assisting with the coaching duties at Huddersfield Town with Lou Macari.

Matty says: Joe Jordan has two sons, Andrew 22 and Thomas 19, who are both extremely talented football players, watch this space!!

Jim says: I remember Joe when he was a wee Cleland laddie,long before he was a footballing legend,his family lived above my granny in chapel st,she was his granny's sister.

Alexander says: I'm a Lebanese fan of Joe Jordan and I believe he was a very good striker. He was present in 3 world cups (1974, 1978 and 1982). How many British players did the same ?!

Jules says: I have been lucky enough to have met Joe and have my photo taken with him when he came to the Isle of Wight for two Southampton Supporters Club dinners. Even though my team has always been Leeds, it was the only way to get to see him!! He is wonderful!!!

George Hennig says: In the seventies I recorded an rock-album for a german label (the band was called "Julien B", and the Title was "First Snow"). The album wasn't very succesful. But the point is it showed Joe Jordan all in white on the cover. J. Jordan gave me the permission to use the picture. I still have the letter (on original ManU-paper) where he says he wishes me succes with the album. The whole band were great fans of leeds an joe jordan those days, and we were shocked when leeds lost in Paris against Bayern. They didn't deserve to lose! And I'm still sure it was a penalty (not given) when Beckenbauer made a foul on A. Clarke (?). That one would have changed it all.

Ian says: Joe lost his front teeth in one of his first appearances in a Leeds shirt. A collision with Bill Glazier in a reserve match at Coventry City nearly brought Joe's Leeds career to an abrupt end before it had properly started. His resilience and determination to prove himself after such an early setback make his success even more deserved.

Ms Sharon Kitchen says: I believe i am possibily related i was an adopted child and a few years ago looked for my natural family. Ifound my brothers joe and eddie who lived in lanarkshire. my natural father , also a joe jordan would of been his uncle.i am an artist and have drawn him from photos.he does not know of me as i never had the guts to try contact him.

whits says: shocking coach though.

Rubén Macavilca says: I remembered Joe's boastings on several World Cup 74' matches. Those scenes were enjoyable, and surely influented by another interstellar clown, Muhammad Ali...

sye webster fae arbroath says: Big Joe is a Scotland legend and my hero. In fact i named my son after him, Jordan Webster.

Jo (freaky, i know- my mum ISN'T a psycho) says: Hi, to cut a long story short. I am trying to get in contact with joe jordan as it is my mum's 40th birthday in december and she is a HUGE fan of his. I would just like an address or phone number where i could get him to phone my mum or write her a letter cos she would b over the moon and that would certainly commemorate her 40th. Pleeeease help me, i would b forever grateful! Thank you, jo xx x x x x x

Urmas Kangur says: He scored in 3 different world cup(record for Scotland)

Urmas Kangur says: hei Jo (freaky, i know- my mum ISN'T a psycho). Try to write to Scotland Soccer Federation (Jabba pedantically says The Scottish Football Association might be a better bet - or try via Sky Sports where he occasionally pops up as a summariser).

Phil Harrison says: My best memory was seeing Joe score a hat-trick against Arsenal in a 6-1 win at Elland Road, just 5 days after the cup final against Sunderland.Arsenal had a full strength side out, including Alan Ball, George Armstrong(who scored for them to make it 2-1) before Big Joe's ariel power was just too much for the Gunners.For me that was the launch pad that led to United winning the Championship the next season.Great days.

Mariano says: when i had more or less eighteen years old, i was a greate joe jordan fan.On fact, always the names of my clubs in the primary school here in spain was called joe jordan in honour of him. Even i have a tatuaje over my shoulder whith his initials. But the pity was that here in spain was very difficult to can see mathes of Joe.But i had the lucky of can see him in 1982 in Malaga. It was like a dream to can see him to jump like Santillana , another great footballer etc etc

Jean Marie D'hertefelt says: I m sure i am his biggest fan in belgium I hope life is getiing well for him, i would like to meet him once in my life

Rhona Johnstone says: Joe Jordan is a scholar and a gentleman. He has been my football hero for more years than I care to admit and he made my day on my last birthday when he sent me a card and left a birthday message on my answerphone. Thank you, Joe, you will never know how much that meant to me.

Wibo Wierda says: I work for the Scottish Football Museum & I will nominate Joe Jordan for the Scottish Footballers' Hall of Fame. He was one of the first players that made a big impression on me. All the best to him!

Julie Brock says: My walls were covered in joe jordan from the age of nine, he is my ultimate hero! I even named my son after him. What more can I say! I received a wedding card from him 9 years ago after my husbands best man wrote to him, that meant more to me on the day than getting married (well a very close second at the time!!) Alot of people can't understand but to me you are just the best and always will be.

Mick Kierans says: I met Joe in Drogheda Ireland and had the pleasure of buying him a pint and a good chat.He is a gentleman despite being recognized as a fearsome striker and I found him to be very humble,a legend in every sense of the word.


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