‘I just want to play for Leeds’ The day Madeley signed his contract on a blank piece of paper

Paul Madeley in action. PIC: Andrew Varley
Paul Madeley in action. PIC: Andrew Varley
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It’s the story which proves just how Leeds United Paul Madeley was.

The ‘Rolls Royce’ of Don Revie’s legendary Leeds United squad always wanted to play for the Whites as former boss Jimmy Armfield recalls when he was in negotiations over a new contract.

“He once actually signed a new contract on what was virtually a blank piece of paper, ” recalled Armfield in his autobiography Right Back To The Beginning.

“I called him in to discuss terms and opened discussions by saying, ‘Okay Paul, we’ll give you so much’.

“He replied that he had no intention of leaving Leeds so he might as well sign the contract and let me fill in the details.

“I said ‘What do you want, then, two years or three years?’. He answered ‘Either way, I’ll leave it to you. I just want to play for Leeds’, and that was that.”

Former Leeds United star of Revie era Paul Madeley dies aged 73