Joe Jordan Player Profile
Born in Cleland, Joe Jordan started out at Morton before he was brought from the helter skelter of Scottish football by legendary Leeds United boss Don Revie who bought him for a bargain £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 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 hit with the Old Trafford supporters. 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.” Joe Jordan Fact File: Whilst with Manchester United, Joe Jordan notched up 37 goals in 109 Football League appearances for The Manchester Reds and he was a member of the team that reached the FA Cup Final in 1979 only to suffer a narrow 3–2 defeat at the hands of bitter adversaries Arsenal. After short spells with AC Milan and Hellas Verona in Italy, the goal plunderer extraordinaire decided to join forces with First Division Southampton at the beginning of the 1984–85 campaign before he finally finished his professional football career with Third Division side Bristol City four years later. Wearing the famous dark blue shirt of Scotland on 52 occasions, Joe Jordan also managed to make his mark on the international scene.