38 Facts About Joe Jordan


Joseph Jordan was born on 15 December 1951 and is a Scottish football player, coach and manager.


Joe Jordan was most recently a first-team coach at AFC Bournemouth.


Joe Jordan is considered a legend among the Tartan Army of Scotland fans, being best remembered for scoring the crucial goal against Czechoslovakia in 1973 which ensured Scotland qualified for their first World Cup finals in 16 years.


Joe Jordan was born in the village of Cleland, Lanarkshire.


At age 15, Joe Jordan had begun playing for the Scottish Junior Football Association club, Blantyre Victoria.


Joe Jordan was a regular in the following season, as Leeds coasted to the League title.


Alongside other Scottish players at Leeds, Joe Jordan formed part of the so called 'Scottish mafia'; namely goalkeeper David Harvey, defender Gordon McQueen, midfielder Billy Bremner, left winger Eddie Gray and right winger Peter Lorimer.


Joe Jordan remained at Old Trafford until 1981, when he moved to Italy to Milan.


Joe Jordan spent two seasons playing for Milan, scoring 12 goals in 52 league games.


Joe Jordan remained with the club until February 1987, by when he had lost his place to Colin Clarke.


Joe Jordan was then given a free transfer to Bristol City, where he finished his playing days, and was briefly player-manager.


At his retirement from playing, Joe Jordan had made a total of 456 club appearances.


Joe Jordan was selected by Ally MacLeod in the Scotland squad for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.


Joe Jordan was again selected for the Scotland squad in the 1982 World Cup.


In total, Joe Jordan earned 52 international caps, scoring 11 goals, and is the only Scottish player to have scored in three World Cups.


Joe Jordan managed the club from March 1988 to September 1990, for 134 games.


In 1990 Joe Jordan was appointed manager of the Scottish Premier Division club Heart of Midlothian, based in the capital, Edinburgh.


Joe Jordan guided Hearts to second place in the Premier Division, and to two Scottish Cup semi-finals.


Joe Jordan left the club on 3 May 1993, having registered 69 wins, 31 draws and 43 losses, from 143 competitive games.


Joe Jordan was appointed manager of Stoke City in November 1993 taking over from fellow Scot Lou Macari who had left to join Celtic.


Joe Jordan was not a popular choice amongst the supporters at the Victoria Ground as it looked likely that Denis Smith was to become their manager.


In 2004, after a recommendation, Joe Jordan was brought into the coaching team at Portsmouth by manager Harry Redknapp to work alongside him and his assistant manager, Kevin Bond.


Under Redknapp, Joe Jordan went on to win the 2008 FA Cup Final with Portsmouth.


Joe Jordan continued to coach the team under the management of Velimir Zajec and Alain Perrin.


Joe Jordan took over as caretaker manager for two games in November 2005 after Perrin's departure, before Redknapp returned after resigning from Southampton.


On 7 November 2008 Joe Jordan left Portsmouth to join Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur as first-team coach, reforming the original Portsmouth back room team after Redknapp had brought the recently sacked AFC Bournemouth manager Kevin Bond as Tottenham assistant manager.


In November 2012, Joe Jordan re-united with Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers as first-team coach.


On 17 March 2017, Joe Jordan was appointed as assistant first-team manager under caretaker manager Steve Agnew at Middlesbrough.


On 25 February 2021, AFC Bournemouth announced that Joe Jordan had joined the coaching staff.


In 2005, Joe Jordan was one of 11 players inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.


In contrast to his playing career, Joe Jordan has lamented the state of the game in Scotland in the late 2000s, which has seen a decline in domestic and international Scottish football, and profile of Scottish players in England, and a drying up of opportunities and even the availability of up and coming local players, contrasted to his era with contemporaries like Asa Hartford, Kenny Dalglish and Danny McGrain.


Joe Jordan was nicknamed Jaws early on in his playing career, due to his lack of front teeth, which had been knocked out.


Joe Jordan lost two front teeth after being kicked in the face during a goalmouth scramble.


Joe Jordan has been described as a powerhouse in aerial play.


Joe Jordan is quiet, but when he says something, it is worth listening to.


In coaching, Joe Jordan is described by The Herald as still having the presence and natural authority he had as a player, and of having an enigmatic solemnity about him.


Joe Jordan has two sons who have both played professional football: Tom and Andy.


Joe Jordan has an interest in fine wines, picked up from his time playing in Italy.