Topic: Paul Madeley 1944-2018 RIP
Just seen this, sad day for one of the Golden generation who you would rarely find at events, or anywhere after he finished playing.
I saw him play from 68-75, as a kid, but even then he stood apart from the rest of the team, primarily because nobody in that great team, and I mean nobody, looked and played like a complete athlete than Madeley did. He never got his proper due because he wasn't a star and never spoke up.
And there's a clip from Jimmy Armfield's biog that when contract talks started, Madeley signed virtually a blank piece of paper, unconcerned about terms, length, bonuses...because "I just want to play for Leeds".
Some will remember the "Rolls royce" description by Revie and it was an apt description. I never saw him
him out-run, out -jumped, fouled or fouling. He could change pace or stride and leave wingers standing.
It goes almost without saying that today he'd be worth 100million. When I see the nonenties lauded as great players, especially defenders, I feel old and superior. The nearest player to him I ever saw at Elland road was Rio Ferdinand, but honestly, he wasn't half the player Madeley was, even after moving to scum. Globally? Beckenbauer, who had more tactical nous, but couldn't defend as good, therefore probably the best defender Leeds have ever had.