Yesterday it was announced by his family that Paul Madeley had sadly passed away at the age of 73.
He was born in Beeston, a stones-throw from Elland Road, and only ever played and supported Leeds United.
His family made this emotive message: "Paul was a much-loved husband, father and brother and the family are extremely proud of his achievements. Don Revie christened him his Rolls Royce and to us he was just that: a class act as a husband and father who always had time for everyone"
His record at Leeds United is incredible, he played in every position but for goalkeeper and was one of the key players in Don Revie’s squad.
This is his career record
33 goals for Leeds
24 England caps
Played seventeen years at Leeds
Wore numbers 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 during his career
Won eight trophy’s during his Leeds career
Was in three PFA Team’s of the Year.
(Thanks to LUFCDATA)
Yet it wasn’t only that he was the most versatile player, those who played with him spoke of him in the highest order and a pleasure to call a teammate and colleague. Not many, if ever football players was so greatly admired than Paul Madeley. I saw him in the later years of his career but he still carried himself with style and looked as ‘fit as a fiddle’ when he turned out for Leeds, I even saw him score against Norwich City and Southampton.
It is hoped that there is a moment’s reflection or applause when Leeds kick off their first home game of the season against Stoke City, it would be even better if a lasting legacy could be arranged at the ground where he played.
Thank you for the memories Paul and may we send your family all our sympathies and condolences at this sad time.
By Keith Ingham