Having made his name at the thinking man’s nutcase at Wimbledon, Vinnie Jones made the leap to Leeds United before the 1989/90 season.
Jones arrived amid a frenetic £2million summer spending frenzy that saw manager Howard Wilkinson splurge on the likes of Mel Sterland, John Hendrie and Jim Beglin.
Of course, despite the enormous initial outlay, Leeds were well aware that a baby-faced heart-throb like Vinnie would eventually pay for himself in the way of endorsement deals and merchandise sales.
So, shortly after thumping an Anderlecht player in the nose on his debut in a pre-season ‘friendly’, Jones was corralled into his first modelling gig as a Leeds player…
That summer’s look à la mode was obviously ‘brawling with the Millwall at Bermondsey station’ chic.
And here is Vinnie, during his sole season at Elland Road (he left after the first game of the 1990/91 campaign), embodying Top Man’s brand values with a sickening, knee-high reducer on Swindon’s Dave Hockaday…
Here, #LUFC fans, is Vinnie Jones clattering Dave Hockaday.
“Checking that Hockaday is still alive…” pic.twitter.com/VdNoMrst6v
— MoscowhiteTSB (@MoscowhiteTSB) January 31, 2017
“Just checking if Hockaday is still alive…”
Weirdly, this booking was one of only three picked up by Jones during the entire season, in which Leeds won promotion back to the top flight.
The man was clearly a misunderstood saint.