- Joe Jordan (footballer)
Infobox Football biography
playername = Joe Jordan
fullname = Joseph Jordan
height = height|ft=6|in=1
dateofbirth = Birth date and age|1951|12|15|df=y
currentclub = Portsmouth (Head Coach)
position = Forward (retired)
youthclubs = Blantyre Victoria
years = 1968–1970
clubs = Greenock Morton
A.C. Milan Hellas Verona
caps(goals) = 008 00(1)
nationalyears = 1973–1982
nationalteam = Scotland
nationalcaps(goals) = 052 (11)
manageryears = 1988–1990
managerclubs = Bristol City
Heart of Midlothian
Joseph "Joe" Jordan (born
15 December, 1951in Carluke, Scotland) was a centre-forward in the Leeds United team of the 1970s. He is the only Scottish player to score in three World Cups (1974, 1978 and 1982).
Jordan commenced playing lower league football for Blantyre Victoria at the age of 15. As an
apprentice, Jordan combined playing with working as a draughtsman. Jordan eventually moved to Greenock Morton, where he was spotted by a Leeds scout. Jordan moved to Leeds for £15,000 in 1970.
Jordan was an imposing figure throughout his career, as his four upper front teeth had been knocked out whilst playing football for Leeds. He subsequently had
denturesfitted which, for safety reasons, he would remove prior to every game, therefore giving him a fearsome toothless grin.
Early Career At Leeds United
In 1973, he appeared in the first team on a regular basis, managing 16 League starts and scoring nine goals. However, he was left out of the team which contested the
FA Cupfinal against Sunderland which Leeds lost 1–0. Days later, Don Revieselected him for the European Cup Winners Cup final on 16 Mayagainst A.C. Milan, which again ended in a 1–0 defeat. In the same month, Jordan played his first game for Scotland, a 1–0 defeat to England at Wembley on 19 May.
Jordan was a regular in the following season, as Leeds coasted to the League title. He scored seven goals in 25 League games and earned nine more Scotland caps by the end of the season, scoring two goals on the way (including one against England at
Hampden Park). This ensured his inclusion in the Scotland squad for the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany.
1974 World Cup Appearances
At the World Cup, Jordan scored the second goal in a 2–0 win over Zaire in the first group game, and a last minute equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Yugoslavia. Scotland finished the group unbeaten, but went out of the competition at the group stage on
Later Career At Leeds United
At Leeds, Mick Jones was fighting a losing battle with a
kneeinjury, and in the 1974–75 season Jordan was finally able to establish himself as the club's main target man. He was in the Leeds team which contested the 1975 European Cup, which Leeds lost 2–0 to Bayern Munich. The match signalled the end of Revie's side; older players began to leave the club, and Jordan found himself at a club in slow decline.
1978 World Cup Appearances
Jordan was still a regular for Scotland, and in 1977 he caused controversy during the decisive World Cup qualifying match between Scotland and Wales. Late in the game, with the scores level, Scotland were attacking in the Wales penalty area when Jordan allegedly handled the ball. The referee, believing the ball to have been handled by a Welsh player, awarded a penalty, from which Scotland scored. The victory meant that Scotland qualified for the World Cup at Wales' expense.
He was selected by
Ally MacLeodin the Scotland squad for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, scoring in the opening 3–1 defeat against Peru. Scotland again failed to qualify beyond the group stage.
In 1978, Leeds agreed a £350,000 pounds fee from rivals Manchester United, and Jordan left for Old Trafford. Jordan had made 135 League appearances and scored 39 goals for Leeds.
Jordan helped Manchester United reach the FA Cup final in 1979, which they lost 3–2 to Arsenal. He remained at Old Trafford until 1981, when he moved to
1982 World Cup Appearances
In 1982, Jordan was again in the Scotland squad for the World Cup. Scotland once again failed to progress beyond the group stages; however, a personal milestone was achieved when he scored in the 2–2 draw against the USSR. Unfortunately he was injured in the same match, missed the rest of the tournament and never played for his country again. His international career ended with 52 appearances and 11 goals. As a player with more than 50 caps, he holds a permanent place in the Scotland Hall of Fame.
After leaving Milan, he went on to play for
Hellas Veronabefore returning to England to join Southampton in 1984.
He spent three years there as his career wound down, finishing his playing days at Bristol City, for whom he was briefly player-manager.
:"Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first."
Coaching and management career
After an impressive spell at Bristol City which saw the club reach the semi-finals of the League cup, Jordan returned to Scotland afterwards to coach Hearts. He then worked for a time at Celtic, before returning for a second spell in charge of Bristol City, and from there Huddersfield Town and Stoke City. From December 2000 until May 2002, he was assistant to his former Manchester United team-mate
Lou Macariat Huddersfield Town.
Jordan was part of
Harry Redknapp's backroom team at Portsmouth and continued to coach the team under the management of Velimir Zajecand Alain Perrin. He took over as caretaker manager for 2 games in November 2005 after Perrin's departure, before Redknapp returned after resigning from Southampton.
His son, Tom plays for Havant and Waterlooville.
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