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.
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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:
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:
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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.