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Paul Madeley: Leeds United’s Rolls Royce

The Beeston local sadly passed at the age of 73. We now tribute his wonderful life and career.

Jack Charlton and Paul Madeley of Leeds and Larry Lloyd and Kevin Keegan of Liverpool
Leeds vs Liverpool - Kevin Keegan and Larry Lloyd against Paul Madeley and Jack Charlton.

Former Leeds United player Paul Madeley passed away yesterday at the age of 73.

Legend and local Leeds lad: Paul Madeley played all over the pitch during the Revie era. He loved the football club and is adored by family, fans and friends.

The Madeley family released a statement following the passing of the beloved legend:

“Paul was a much-loved husband, father and brother and the family are extremely proud of his achievements in life and on the field for Leeds United and England.

“He was born in Beeston, a stones-throw from Elland Road, and only ever played and supported Leeds United.

“The late Don Revie christened him his ‘Rolls Royce’ and to us he was just that - a class act as a husband and a father who always had time for everyone he met.

“Paul’s wife Ann and sons Jason and Nick would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes.”

“At this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we grieve a great loss.”

As a player, Madeley would only play for his one club: Leeds United. He played 727 matches for the Whites, establishing himself as a man for all seasons, playing in every position except between the sticks, while also earning 24 England caps.

He lifted the league championship, FA Cup, League Cup and Inter-City Fairs Cup in the White shirt, mainly operating predominantly in defence. Fellow legend and former teammate Eddie Gray also said that he was good enough to “play anywhere you asked him to. - centre-back, up front, out wide. It didn’t matter. He had the talent for it and he was invaluable.” Also adding; “He looked after himself perfectly.”

“He was a smashing footballer and ‘the Rolls Royce’ nickname was right.”

The club will celebrate his life and career at the Championship campaign opener at Elland Road and the Whites take on Stoke, while black armbands will also be worn in the next pre-season friendly against Oxford.

He loved Leeds United so much that he didn’t care about money, he just wanted to play. Jimmy Armfield recalled Madeley signing a new Leeds deal saying: “He once actually signed a new contract on what was virtually a blank piece of paper.” Armfield asked how many years he would like in his contract. Madeley replied: “Either way, I’ll just leave it to you. I just want to play for Leeds.” That was the man he was, these are rare in football nowadays-that the love for football tops all.

All of us here at Through it all Together send our deepest condolences to the Madeley family at this difficult time.

Marching on Together.