The son of a gap-toothed Man U player of some note, John Stiles
had a difficult path to follow, and his first steps in the
professional game came courtesy of another family connection, as
uncle Johnny Giles selected John while in charge at Shamrock
Rovers. After a spell in the NASL with Vancouver Whitecaps, Stiles
joined Leeds in 1984, making his debut the following year, but it
wasn't until the 1986-87 season that he made regular first-team
starts, enjoying the best form of his career. After that it was
rather downhill, with injuries dogging his career as he dropped
down to play in the lower divisions. John Stiles other claim to
fame is that he was the first Leeds player who came on as a
substitute to be substituted himself.
Russell Edwards says: Hi John you may not know me but i am the
brother in law of Graham Long who is married to my sister Nicola.
You met them in Corfu on Holiday.Nicola is having a 40th bash
tonight see you there.
Big Billy says: Almost unbelieveable but true John Stiles is now
a professional comedian and actually did a gig at Elland Road
recently. He was one of the worst and certainly the weakest Leeds
player I've ever seen but his goal agin Wigan in the FA Cup
quarter-final in 1987 was fantastic!