joe jordan - fact file

2009 - 2012        coach


Born on 15th December 1951 in Cleland (or nearby Carluke), Scotland.

Height : -  1.85m  (6' 1")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)


A fearsome sight without his teeth in, Joe Jordan cut a scary figure on the pitch, but when he moved into the dug-out, he became a well respected coach and motivator of players.

When he left school, he went into an apprenticeship as a draughtsman, but he needn't have worried, as his football made him a hot property and playing for Blantyre Victoria in Junior football in Scotland, he was soon scouted.  Started his playing career at Morton in Scotland, becoming a professional in 1968, before joining Leeds United a year later as an 18 year old for 15,000.

Noted as a fearsome, physical striker, he provided an alternative to the likes of Allan Clarke and Mick Jones at Leeds and terrorised many a defence.  Took Leeds to a European Cup final in the final stages of Don Revie's management of the club and moved on to Manchester United in 1978 and played in the losing side in the 1979 FA Cup Final. 

As an international player he reached three World Cup finals with Scotland and was responsible for two of them, scoring against Czechoslovakia in 1974 and forcing a controversial penalty in against Wales at Anfield which helped the Scots through in 1978.

After United had changed management and his services were bono longer required, Joe moved to Italy in 1981, where he became a hero at AC Milan, helping them back to Serie A after relegation in 1982.  Enjoying his time in Italy so much, he stayed in the country, moving further North to play for Verona, staying for only one season.  It precipitated his return to England, with a move to Southampton, where he had three years before departing on a free transfer to Bristol City, where he ended his playing days as player-manager.

Bristol City gave him his first opportunity in management with a spell in charge at the club from March 1988 to November 1990, taking them to the Second Division in his second season at the helm.  Once managed Heart of Midlothian in a pre-season friendly against Spurs in 1992 at Tynecastle, with Tottenham winning 2-1.  During his time at Hearts (10 September 1990 to 3rd May 1993), he nurtured some of the young talent there and brought them through into the first team.  He moved on to have a year at Stoke City as boss and then three years in charge back at Bristol City.  He then took a post working under Liam Brady at Celtic, then the assistant manager's post with Northern Ireland under Lawrie McMenemy and then as assistant to manager Lou Macari at Huddersfield Town.

Jordan's next post was when Jordan first worked with Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth as a coach, working with Kevin Bond, who was assistant manager, to win the FA Cup in 2008.  Jordan had stayed with Pompey when Redknapp left in 2004 and was re-united with his former manager in 2005, when Redknapp returned after managing Southampton.

Redknapp left Fratton Park once compensation had been agreed with Tottenham and on 7th November 2008, Jordan followed him as First Team coach linking up once more with Kevin Bond, who had recently been sacked by Bournemouth as their manager.  The team changed Tottenham's fortunes very quickly, as they were in a position at the bottom of the league with "two points from eight games" when Redknapp came in.  Nearly getting into Europe in his first season, he took Tottenham to the Champions League in 2010-11 and reached the quarter finals before being knocked out by Real Madrid.

However, failing to qualify for the Champions League for 2012-13 cost Redknapp his job and the backroom staff went with him in June 2012.

On leaving Spurs, Joe took some time out of the game, before linking up again with Harry Redknapp when the manager took over at QPR in November 2012, despite Jordan being touted as the new manager of Scotland.  Departed from Loftus Road when Harry Redknapp stepped down as manager.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Morton ?? ?? ??  10 1
Leeds United Summer 1970 15,000 + 5,000 on conditions ??  ?? ??
Manchester United 1978 350,000 ??  ?? ??
AC Milan (Italy) 1981 ?? ??  ?? ??
Hellas Verona (Italy) 1983 ?? ??  ?? ??
Southampton ?? 150,000 ??  ?? ??
Bristol City February 1987 Free ??  ?? ??

Career Record
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Leeds United
169 League appearances; 35 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Manchester United
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
- -
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
European Cup Winners Cup runners-up medal 1972-1973 (Leeds United)
European Cup runners-up medal 1974-1975  (Leeds United)
First Division Championship winners medal 1973-1974  (Leeds United)
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance



What they said about Joe Jordan
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Hotspur magazine February 2012

Attended St. Mary Cleland Primary and St. Aidans Secondary schools.

Favourite subject : PE

In School team Yes

Has one sister Elizabeth.

Always went to Stranraer for caravan holidays.

Supported Celtic and Manchester United

Hobbies were football and reading.

Do you dance ?  No I'm past it !  I might have got up and had a go in the past to please the missus, but not often and certainly not anymore.

Best ever dancers Ballroom dancing is making a bit of a comeback these days and when I was young my parents enjoyed it and would practice.  It was all about doing things with quality, grace and style and there is an art to it.  The big names around at the time were Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.

Best dancer at THFC No idea, it's certainly not me.

Worst dancer at THFC As above although that could be me.

Karaoke choice I'd get up and have a go, but only as a last resort.

First club played for St. Mary's Boys Guild

Position Left half, these days that would be on the left side of central midfield.

Colours white with green trim.

Anyone else in the team who turned professional ?  Purdie Kane with Middlesbrough.  He was a year ahead of me.

How did you get to midweek training ?  It was a bit different for me; in fact it was a different world then.  I worked as a draughtsman from the age of 16 to 18 in Glasgow.  So I played part-time with Greenock Morton.  We trained on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and I went there on the bus after work.  I also attended night school on Wednesday nights so didn't have a lot of spare time. 

Inspiration ?  Jimmy Delaney who lived in our village and won the FA Cup with Manchester United.  My favourite player when I was growing up was Jimmy Johnstone.

Team-mates ?  I started with Leeds at Under-18 level with the likes of Frank Gray, Peter Hampton and goalkeeper John Shaw.

Position ?  I was a striker by then.

Moment you were told you were going to be a professional - Again, that was different for me as I was a part time pro with Greenock Morton, but, when I went full-time at 18 I only stayed five or six weeks, and then I was on my way to Leeds.

Squad numbers ?  We didn't have them in my day but I was nine just about everywhere I played.

Debut ?  That was for Leeds at Barcelona in the old Fairs Cup.  They had won the first ever competition and we had won the last, so we played to decide who would keep the trophy as the tournament had come to an end.  We lost 2-1 at the Nou Camp but I scored. 

First goal ?  As above, it was a left foot shot after the ball came back off the goalkeeper.  I was 19 at the time.

Most respected opponent ? - Impossible to answer, there were many.

International debut :  For Scotland against England at Wembley in 1973.  We lost 1-0.



First game ?  As Spurs coach, that was when we beat Liverpool but I'd played at White Hart Lane a few times for Leeds and United.

Stadium ?  I had always enjoyed playing in London because it gave games an extra edge and challenge.  I can't say I had a particularly good record at White Hart Lane, but I always enjoyed playing there because they were big matches and the atmosphere was good.

Optimism ?  Mainly due to the progression we have made in recent months.  A s you know, I came here with Kevin Bond when Harry Redknapp took over in November 2008 and that first year was tough, no doubt about it.  But it's looking good now and the challenge is to keep it up.

First Day ?  I was looking forward to it because this is such a big club.  Obviously, changes had been made because it wasn't going well and although there was work to be done, I was just keen to get started.  It had been good at Portsmouth but this was another level.


Where do you get the best cup of coffee in the world ?  In a piazza in Verona.   As much about the atmosphere and the setting as the drink itself.

Favourite potato ?  Chips

If you were in a band, what band would it be ?  The Beatles

City with most style ?  Milan

What's the second football result you look out for ?  All my former clubs here and in Italy.

Comedy/Drama ?  Drama

Eastenders/CoronationStreet ?  Neither

Clint Eastwood/Bruce Willis ?  Clint Eastwood

E-mail/Letter ?  Letter

Michael Jackson/Elvis ?  Elvis

Trainers/Shoes?  Boots

Golf/Shopping ?  Golf, but watching.

Chicken/Steak ?  Steak

Coffee/Tea ?  Tea

Pele/Maradona ?  Pele


Reason to be cheerful

Seeing how good this Spurs team can become and being part of it.

Hotspur magazine 2011

Remembers the 4-2 Spurs win at White Hart Lane to stay up in 1975.  During the match Alfie Conn sat on the ball and went into the Leeds dressing room after the match to apologise.

When a kid, he played everywhere - left/central midfield and then centre forward at 16.

Hero - Jimmy Johnstone (Glasgow Celtic)

Best goal 1st goal for Scotland v Czechoslovakia in 1974 World Cup qualifier

Best goal seen  - Marco van Basten for Holland v Russia European Championship Final 1988

Best partner  -  Kenny Dalglish, Allan Clarke, Mick Jones, Jimmy Greenhoff, Andy Gray

Playing in Verona  -  Nicest city ever lived in.  Lived in Soave near Lake Garda.

Teeth knocked out in first game in England for Leeds United reserve v Coventry City reserves.  Diving header and a defender tried to clear the ball, kicking him in the mouth.  Two teeth knocked out.

2005 - inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.




What Joe Jordan said about ...
... returning to Heart of Midlothian with Spurs in the Europa League ...  18.08.2011 (Heart of Midlothian programme)

"I think I'll be fighting Alan Hutton for all our complimentary tickets. I was absolutely delighted to get Hearts.  This is a tie of extra interest to me because I am coming back to Edinburgh, a city both myself and my family loved living in."

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Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
1968-1969 (Morton) 3 - - -
1969-1970 (Morton) 5 (1 goal) - - -
1970-1971 (Morton) 2 - - -
1970-1971 (Leeds United) 0 - - -
1971-1972 (Leeds United) 12 2 - -
1972-1973 (Leeds United) 26 (9 goals) 1 2 -
1973-1974 (Leeds United) 33 (7 goals) 5 (2 goals) - -
1974-1975 (Leeds United) 29 (4 goals) 6 4 -
1975-1976 (Leeds United) 17 (2 goals) - - -
1976-1977 (Leeds United) 32 (10 goals) 5 (2 goals) 1 -
1977-1978 (Leeds United) 20 (3 goals) - 3 (3 goals) -
1977-1978 (Manchester United) 14 (3 goals) 2 - -
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