Born in Cleland, Joe Jordan started out with Greenock Morton before he was lured from the helter skelter of Scottish football by legendary Leeds United manager Don Revie who bought him for an estimated fee of £15,000 in October 1970. Being a quick learner, the toothless frontrunner ultimately established himself as a regular in the first team at Elland Road.
While at Leeds United, Joe Jordan would play alongside household names such as Allan Clarke, Eddie Gray, Mick Jones and Peter Lorimer. Following Don Revie’s departure to manage The England National Football Team, however, Leeds United were declining and hatred between the players started to bubble over. Eventually, Manchester United Head Coach Dave Sexton brought Joe Jordan to Old Trafford for a transfer fee estimated to be somewhere in the region of £350,000 in January 1978 and the trigger happy marksman would be joined by his previous Leeds United teammate Gordon McQueen only a few weeks later.
A natural born goal scorer, the former Elland Road hero went on to become a stalwart central striker for Manchester United and his fearless approach to the game made him a massive favourite with the Old Trafford faithful WOW. Whilst with Manchester United, Joe Jordan accumulated 37 goals in 109 Football League appearances for The Manchester Reds and he was a member of the team which reached the FA Cup Final in 1979 only to suffer a narrow 3–2 defeat at the hands of their bitter adversaries Arsenal.
Following comparatively short spells at Italian Serie A teams AC Milan and Hellas Verona FC during the early part of the 1980s, Joe Jordan decided to join forces with English First Division side Southampton at the beginning of the 1984–85 campaign before the goal plunderer extraordinaire finally finished his professional football career with Third Division club Bristol City four years later. Wearing the famous dark blue shirt of Scotland on 52 occasions, the attacker also managed to make his mark on the international scene after making his senior debut for his nation in a 1–0 British Home Championship defeat against England at Wembley Stadium on the 19th of May 1973. Peter Lorimer: “Our whole ethos was built on loyalty. Don Revie involved the players’ families, to heighten the sense of togetherness. The manager organised social nights for the players, including rounds of carpet bowls, dominoes and bingo. We had 15 years of what no man gets. Every day you would go to work and it was an absolute pleasure. You couldn’t wait to get in your car and go down to the ground and be amongst the lads. It was a team that had everything. They had aggression. They had class. They had experience. It was the complete team, it had the perfect blend of players that offered every good part of the game of soccer.”
Particularly since there are some tricky games coming up for both teams, along with the beginning of their European campaigns. Ultimately, neither side are yet in intense conversation with Crisis; that would be terribly premature. But both are definitely sitting in Crisis’ waiting room, flicking through the magazines and gratefully accepting a complimentary cup of tea.