A player profile

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.