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John Giles

Position Inside right
Born 06 Jan 1940, Cabra (Republic of Ireland)
Height 170 cm
Weight 63 kg
International Caps Republic of Ireland: 60 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Manchester United 01 Nov 1957 01 Aug 1963 99 10 £33000
Leeds United 01 Aug 1963 01 Jun 1975 525 114 £48000
West Bromwich Albion 01 Jun 1975 01 Jun 1977 75 3 £0

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1963 - 1964 407 3  2  0  0 
1964 - 1965 397 71 0  0  0 
1965 - 1966 405 21 1  11  0 
1966 - 1967 2912 72 3  94 0 
1967 - 1968 207 51 31 71 0 
1968 - 1969 328 0  2  5  0 
1969 - 1970 3213 92 1  74 0 
1970 - 1971 3413 42 0  81 0 
1971 - 1972 386 74 4  2  0 
1972 - 1973 336 81 1  6(1)1 0 
1973 - 1974 172 2  0  0  0 
1974 - 1975 26(3)1 71 2  6  0 
Total 380(3)87 6115 191 61(1)11 0 

Jabba's Comments

Johnny Giles became the youngest player to win a full cap for the Republic of Ireland at 4 days shy of his 19th birthday having come to prominence at Old Trafford. Having picked up an FA Cup Winners medal in May 1963, it was a considerable surprise to see Giles decide to move across the Pennines that August - but it was to prove to be a great move for both the club and the player.

Giles was an immensely talented player - but he wouldn't have survived long in the game in the 1960s if he didn't have a tough side, but he usually managed to deflect the ire of the referees, even if his opponents always knew they'd been in a tough game. He picked up quite a few of his goals from the penalty spot, but his dominance of the midfield made many goals for a whole series of strikers at Leeds.

When Don Revie left Leeds, he recommended Giles as his successor. The board disagreed, and Giles left at the end of the following season to spend a couple of years at West Brom as player-manager. Having dragged the Baggies back up to Division 1, Giles went on to manage Shamrock Rovers, winning the FAI Cup, and then on the other side of the Atlantic for Philadelphia Fury and Vancouver Whitecaps. He also served as manager of the Republic of Ireland, had a second stint at West Brom and now has a regular column in a national newspaper.

Giles' immense contribution to the game was widely recognised, and when his testimonial came around the FAI granted him a game at Lansdowne Road - the first time that they had allowed an England-based player such an honour.

Harry Prince says: I was privileged to play alongside John Giles in the juniors at Man United in the 1956/57 and 1957/58 seasons. I could tell by then he was such a great player at the age of fifteen. Later on I met up with John when he moved to Leeds Utd and I went to Elland Road to home matches in the 1970's. I was lucky enough to receive complimentary tickets for myself and family from John. In the late seventies and eighties I travelled to West Brom where John was player manager, and more recently met him at afterdinner speeches and always found him the same socialable lad.

Jo Giles says: Hi, my name is Joanna Giles...yes I'm Johnny's daughter and I really appreciate all the nice comments you've written about my dad! I would love to tell you some stories don't hesitate to get in touch. Jo x

David says: John played with my dad in Ireland as a schoolboy with the famous nursery club Stella Maris. His first match at old trafforrd was as an under 14 for Stella Maris against a Manchester Queens Park Selection prior to the Man United V Real Madrid - European Cup Semi Final in 1957. John was capped under 15 for Ireland and played against England who had John Osbourne later of (WBA) in goal for them. Prior to that he played for a schoolboy side in Dublin called - the 'leprechauns'. John's dad Dickie was also a very good player who played with Shamrock Rovers in his day.

Charlie Gillen says: I spent my whole childhood watching Johnny Giles play soccer for Leeds and feeling so proud to watch an Irish man play soccer so well. He was an immense talent. Without a doubt the greatest soccer player Ireland has ever produced

Frank says: I've met John on numerous occasions and I've actually painted the box room in his mansion in Ballymun. Hes easily the quintessential Irish gentleman. On a sad note I think he may have knocked a few out to my wife.

Des Brady says: I first saw him in a pre-season friendly against my first love Bradford City in 1968. It was as though he was 25% faster than everyone else on the pitch - including Bremner

Stephen Toal says: I'm too young to have seen him play but he is without doubt the best soccer analyst on television.

Klaus Kynast says: Am 18. August 1971 habe ich gegen Johnny Giles in Blackpool beim Spiel It's a Knockout mit Fubllen auf Pappkameraden geschossen. Gibt es hierzu noch Fernsehaufzeichnungen?

Garrett McGovern says: My best mate's family grew up with the Giles family in Dublin.Some years ago my friend was working in Birmingham and sharing a house with Johnny's son Jimmy(a fabulous fellow!).Jimmy kindly organised it for me to watch Nottingham Forest v Man U. at his dad's house.I'd never met the great man before but I will never forget the generosity his family showed me.Anne,his wife,greeted me with the tastiest steak and chips imagineable!

We watched the game as Andy Cole missed his customary hatful of chances and United scraped a draw.Hearing Johnny do his punditry in his own living room was an education.After a thoroughly enjoyable evening,Johnny gave me and Jimmy a lift home.We cursed Andy Cole all the way back in the car.Getting out he asked me whether I thought United would win the title.'With Cole up front' I replied 'no chance'.Johnny smiled in agreement.That was the 95-96 season and we all know what happened there.Well,the legend is only human after all!

David Dewayne Giles says: My name is David Dewayne Giles from the U.S.A. Ihave traced my Roots back to A John Giles who Live here In 1765 You maybe Family.

Tony says: Malcolm McDonald says Giles was the dirtiest player he ever came up against. McDonald tells of having a shot at goal, missing by miles, and taking time out to watch the ball drop down gently from Row Z. Only then did Giles's tackle, from behind, of course, make contact with Malcolm's leg. Probably apochryphal,but a good story, I hope you will agree.

Ken from Leeds says: The best 2 footed player I have ever seen. Fantastic passer of a ball. Took corners with either left or right foot. Unbelievable!

John Pickles says: I can still see Johnny Giles pivot around and sore the goal that helped us beat Notts Forest 1-0 to take the title with a record number of points. he was my 2nd hero (after Kevin Hector)and my no1 Leeds player. I have never seen a footballer yet who could put the ball on the end of someone's toe like Johnny Giles and that includes David Beckham!

Ian says: Nice to find out in the new Nobby Stiles autobiography that Sir Matt admitted his greatest mistake (I didn't know he made that many) was to let Johnny Giles go at all, and not just for the giveaway price of £33,000. At that money, even the Frenchman seems dear. Everybody has their own time, but Johnny Giles from 1963 until 1975 was out there on his own, and in white. Going back to Sir Matt, he had to sit and watch at the City Ground in 1965 when one big man sent the ball sailing into the six yard box from the centre circle for another big man to head it into the net. Giles and Bremner. Absolute GIANTS.

Andrew Furniss says: Growing up playing football I used to pretend to be Johnny Giles...using both feet and trying to copy is passing prowess. Of course I failed miserably but to this day I still pretend to be john giles when i play with my son Louis. Todays players have no idea how football should really be played. Tell your dad Joanna what a privilege it was to watch a master craftsman at work with a football. Thankyou John Giles ....wishing you well in your golden years....this Fan will never forget !!!

greg horan says: when john left united, and george best arrived at no 7 i vowed not to go again! been going ever since

Joe Breen says: John Giles is the greatest player to ever wear a green jersey, you have to love the man. He is the best pundit on telly, so good you don't mind listening to Eamon Dunphy.

Adam Stops says: He is a bad television pundit!!

Pam says: my husband Harry used to play with John for Man. Utd. juniors and when John left to play for Leeds, our family would go to watch him at every home game and most "aways" happy days!

Anthony Stainsby says: Hello, i attended primary school with Johns son micheal (our ladys) in leeds. I lost contact with him after our primary education but know he relocated to vancouver canada with his family. I also now live in canada (since 1980 in calgary alberta) and often wonder how he's doing. if you could help in any way it would be greatly appreciated, either by forwarding my address to him or other means i would be truly thankfull. Anthony



 

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