Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 24

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At 24 in the countdown is a fearless striker whose bravery during a reserve team game resulted in him earning the nickname 'Jaws'.

Joe Jordan may not have been the most prolific forward Leeds United had during their glory years under Don Revie, but there were arguably few players in the squad that had as much bravery and fighting spirit as the Scotsman.

The striker moved to Elland Road from Morton in 1970 as cover for the first-choice partnership of Allan Clarke and Mick Jones. 

In his first two seasons at the club, the Whites would finish second in the league. However, Jordan failed to score during any of his 13 appearances across both campaigns. 

It was during the 1972-73 season that Jordan began to show what he was capable of in front of goal as he scored 12 times in all competitions. However, the campaign was to end in disappointment as United finished as runners-up in both the European Cup Winners' Cup and the FA Cup.

His seven league goals in the following term helped Revie's men clinch the league title, as they finished five points clear of Liverpool. 

However, that was as good as it got for Leeds as Revie's departure seemed to spark their slow decline that would ultimately result in their relegation a few years after Jordan had left for Manchester United in 1978. 

He would however start the 1975 European Cup final against Bayern Munich, and would end the 1976-77 campaign as the team's top goalscorer with 12 strikes in all competitions. 

Jordan picked up the nickname 'Jaws' during his time with the Yorkshire club after having his front teeth knocked out during a goalmouth scramble in a reserves game.

The fact that he was so determined to win the ball that he was willing to have some of his teeth knocked out during a fixture that wasn't a first-team game highlights his desire to win no matter what the situation, which made him such an important member of the squad during the years when Leeds were expected to compete on every front. 

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