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Leeds United have said they are delighted to have former player Vinnie Jones back at the club today. The Hollywood actor will be at Elland Road for a special talk tonight and will be pitch side during the game to give back his 2nd division championship medal to the club for display.
"We're absolutely thrilled to welcome Vinnie back. He remains a very popular former player. He was a cult hero to many."
Leeds United spokesman
Vinnie played for the club during one of its most successful seasons, winning promotion back to the old first division in 1990. The charity dinner includes a three course meal, live jazz band, comedian and autograph opportunities.
Former Leeds United player turned movie star Vinnie Jones is to return to his old football club for a special talk about his life. He will host charity event "An Evening with Vinnie Jones' at the Elland Road club tonight.
As part of the visit, Vinnie has arranged with the club, to appear on the pitch during the today's home game to give his 2nd division Championship medal to the club for display.
Vinnie played for the club during one of its most successful seasons, winning promotion back to the old first division in 1990.
It's 25 years since the former footballer and now Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones signed for Leeds United and to mark the occasion he will return to the city to hand his Division 2 Championship winners medal back to the club.
It has been a difficult year for Vinnie after both he revealed last November that both and wife Tanya were battling skin cancer.
Vinnie says the experience has made him want to tell other men to not bury their head in the sand, and to get any abnormalities checked out:
Vinnie Jones returns to Leeds this week to give his league winner's medal back to the club.
First though, he caught up with our very own Chris Dawkes. You can see the second of our exclusive interview with the footballer who has swapped the boots for big budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Speaking before he returns to Elland Road this week, former United player Vinnie Jones has looked back on the club's promotion winning 1991-2 season.
He fondly remembers his strong connection with fans: "It was the pinnacle of my footballing life really and I think that's why I've had such an affinity with the Leeds people. I meet Leeds people all over the world. They talk to me as if I'm their son."
Chris Dawkes went to meet him:
Former Leeds United player Vinnie Jones says current manager Brian McDermott hasn't had a fair chance to make a difference at the club.
Since taking over at Elland Road the former Reading man has endured two changes in ownership. The latest saga resulted in him being sacked and reinstated on transfer deadline day.
WIth the FA set to decide this week on whether to approve Massimo Cellino's bid, Jones says McDermott needs stability.
Vinnie Jones will revisit the home of Leeds United this weekend to talk about his career both on the pitch and in front of the camera.
He'll also reveal more about his battle with cancer during the one-off charity event on 22 March.
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Chris Dawkes spoke to Vinnie Jones before he makes a return to Elland Road for a special event where he will discuss his life.
Jones reminisced about his time at Leeds during their promotion back to Division 1 and says he'll never forget his teammate Gary Speed, who died in 2011.
He arrived at Elland Road in the summer of 1989, where he was part of a young side under the management of Howard Wilkinson.
It was a big gamble to take on such a tough-tackler, but Jones only received three yellow cards in the whole season as he helped United finally win promotion back to the top-flight as champions of the Second Division.
Speaking to Calendar, Jones said:
“There was a huge gamble on us winning that year, it was all or nothing. I think that’s why the Leeds fans hold it so dear to their hearts, because it was a make or break season for Leeds.
“It was soaked in history, so we wanted to revive that.”
Jones was a huge hit with fans, both for his playing style and his distinctive hairstyle.
But he left Leeds early in the 1990-91 season after losing his first-team place to David Batty, Gary Speed and new signing Gary McCallister.
He signed for Sheffield United on his exit from Elland Road before moving to Chelsea a year later. He then spent time at Wimbledon and Queens Park Rangers before moving on to the bright lights of Hollywood.
Jones will be returning to Elland Road this weekend to give a talk on his career.
Leeds United fans' favourite Vinnie Jones will return to the club this weekend. He will be returning his Division 2 Winners Medal so it can be put on display.
Jones will also host a dinner where he will discuss football and movie careers as well as his battle with cancer.