Leeds United Legend Vinnie Jones in Skin Cancer Battle – by Rob Atkinson


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Leeds hero Vinnie Jones

Former Leeds United star Vinnie Jones has revealed that he has had several small tumours removed since being diagnosed with melanoma – the most potentially serious form of skin cancer.  Jones, an integral part of Leeds’ 1990 promotion squad, initially discovered a small lump underneath his eye back in February, but had thought it was simply “a blackhead or a wart”.  However, a check-up revealed the seriousness of the situation.  Jones at first feared for his life, but swiftly resolved to fight “with everything I’ve got”.  Melanoma kills some 1,300 men and 900 women every year, but is treatable if caught early enough.

The Hollywood actor has blamed his outdoor lifestyle for a condition related to over-exposure to the sun.  Vinnie has always been an outdoorsman, and moved to Los Angeles after his football days ended, to pursue a film career.  He has had a lot of success and has worked with some high-profile stars in films like X-Men and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Now working for the Melanoma Research Foundation, Jones cites his own case in warning others to take precautions. “Footballers never put on sunblock and they should all be wearing it,” he said. “Kids should all be wearing it every time they play sport.” Vinnie’s wife Tanya has also fought the disease, which she developed a result of drugs she had been taking since having a heart transplant 26 years ago.

Leeds United fans and those who remember Vinnie’s playing days from other clubs he served – Chelsea, Sheffield United and Wimbledon – will join together in sending heart-felt good wishes to a legend of the game who now has a different sort of fight on his hands.  Get well soon, Vinnie.

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28 responses to “Leeds United Legend Vinnie Jones in Skin Cancer Battle – by Rob Atkinson

  1. Compo's Style Guru

    Well put Rob. Anyone who watched Leeds during his short stay will have nothing but best wishes for Vinnie. An unlikely ambassador for our club and a combination of player and club the media were salivating over for lurid headlines. But alas for the hacks the complete opposite happened Vinnie was a gent on and off the field at Leeds and the dignified way he handled his untimely rejection by the club is an example to any footballer. Come on Vinnie if anyone can defeat the ‘big C’ then you can.

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    • I’m not altogether sure it was that untimely – the club had moved on, and MacAllister in/Vinnie out was vindicated by events. But he was a sad loss for the fans – and we could sure do with a Vinnie clone now.

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      • Compo's Style Guru

        Totally agree re: Gary Mac but he would have been handy to have around the place. Then again I’m probably equating that team and those days with the current ‘squad’ based game of today.

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      • I think he had the option of staying, but he was a lad that needed to be in the first team and at the centre of things. I think there was a few more quid in it for him at Sheffield too.

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  2. An Integral part of our promotion squad, the guy was a shite footballer Rob, or were you watching from your armchair again in that seaon listening on your wind up radio???? the man was nothing more than a thug who never really made it in football, yet more BS from wonder mouth folks, you will be telling us you also were a part of the squad because you listened to the games.

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    • So what do people think of Paul’s learned opinion – remembering that he’s having a go here at a guy fighting cancer. Nice, eh? Paul has a problem with this blog – and seemingly that enables him to sink lower than a snake’s belly in order to vent his nasty little spleen. Takes all sorts, I guess.

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      • Counte of monte fisto

        Paul

        I was there and can tell you me and everyone of my mates worshipped the ground he walked on.
        He was a vital player for us remember Ipswich Brighton hull wet spam all match winning goals
        Get well soon Vincent Peter mot

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    • Absolute b*ll**ks that ! I went home and away during that era, and Vinnie Jones played the most skillfull football he had ever played at Leeds – I remember being flabbergasted over a 50 yard Glenn Hoddle style pass to the feet on one occasian. Although I never had the vinnie V hairstyle, a couple of my mates did – he was a legend and is still a Leeds fan – remember he was in celebrity big brother a few years back and one of his treats was to see the leeds score that night – was it the man u v leeds fa cup game perhaps ? can’t quite remember !

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    • C**t

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    • Compo's Style Guru

      Paul, he was no world beater I grant you that, but he was a much better player than you or the media ever gave him credit for.

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      • His contribution in that one full season with us was immense – and if Paul was a genuine Leeds fan as opposed to a cowardly fake, I am sure he’d acknowledge this as we all do.

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  3. Howard Bartle

    When we first signed Vinnie Jones I wondered why we had signed him,we had David Batty at that time a young man who had just broken into the first team. My impression of Jones was that he was a poor footballer who put himself about a bit- a thug. How wrong could I be, he was an excellent player who had a bit of everything he could pass, tackle and he could shoot. My overriding memory of Vinnie Jones though was the amount of time he spent talking to the people in wheelchairs who sat in front of the west stand at every home match that I saw, and I saw plenty. For me Vinnie was a true gentleman good luck to him in his fight against cancer. Howard Bartle

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  4. Am I correct that Vinnie never got sent off while playing for Leeds? I saw him play several times he seemed proud to wear the shirt good luck Vinnie

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  5. For everyone who remembers and saw the great team of the 70s there are a good few of us who are slightly too young, never mind, and remember the long, hard days of the 80s. At the end of the decade Sgt Wilko, Gordon Strachan & a certain Vinnie Jones helped to change of the whole attitude our club & the supporters. We were on the up and it’s these days & in particular the 89/90 season I will remember for the rest of my life. As much as he gave on the pitch I would stand on the Kop and watch slightly in awe, as we all would, before every game as Vinnie headed to the disabled fans to thank them for their support. Its only right that we all show him the same support to him now. Good luck Vinnie

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  6. Paul you cock sucker , fuck off and crawl back under you’re stone you fucking pond life (well you did ask what we thought rob ) ,
    Vinne has what you simply can’t buy , bags of personality , a true cult hero that came to Leeds and gave us 110% and we love any player that gives us that

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    • I did ask, and that was one possible correct answer. I’m glad that people so vividly remember the point Vinnie used to make of going over to the wheelchair section to say hi. He was absolutely brilliant like that and in his short time at Leeds he must have brightened a lot of lives. In answer to another point, I’m pretty sure he was never sent off for Leeds and was only booked once or twice – by far the least sinful part of his career. He certainly SHOULD have been sent off in a friendly against Anderlecht when he spread some poor guy’s nose halfway across his face much to Strachan’s horror – but the ref missed it, luckily. I think wee Gordon had a word after that and in the end he was impressed to see that Vinnie became quite a player – and as many have said, an immense influence on our promotion-winning season. As for Paul – as I said, he has issues – and not just with this blog, but generally. He’s got one major problem, which some of you have picked up on – i.e. that he hasn’t got a fucking clue what he’s talking about.

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  7. dansdad1919

    That Paul geezer obviously never saw him play for Leeds. I did, many times and was very sad to see him leave, VINNIE, LEEDS LEGEND. GOOD LUCK MATE and welcome back any time.

    MOT

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    • Paul’s not a real Leeds fan – he just pretends to be one in the hope that he might have his say here. I usually trash his stuff. He reads every syllable I write and hates all of it – I think he may be a scummer but he’s too much of a coward to admit it, so he settles for carping away, threatening to complain to NewsNow to have my blog removed, or threatening to set up a clone page with all my stuff on it and some made-up comments. He’s a sad and troubled individual who consists entirely of wind, piss and other waste products. Not to be taken seriously at all.

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  8. Oh , I feel sorry for the poor fellow now you’ve pointed out he has issues rob ,
    Are they big issues ?? Lol

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    • Yes, well – I know he has big issues, and I suspect he sells them too.

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      • Compo's Style Guru

        Now, now Rob as you well know the sellers of the Big Issue are people trying to put a troubled past behind them by engaging in a simple yet effective way of increasing their self worth and financial outlook through work. They are to be supported and applauded. I’m not sure Paul is worthy of comparison..

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      • I didn’t mean to imply he was genuine. In this, as with his claimed support for LUFC, Paul will be a massive fake.

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  9. Vinny was a legend,and still is to us fans who were lucky to see him play!! He has LUFC tattoed on his ankle!! Get well soon my son…..MOT

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  10. A very good article about Vinnie. I don’t think that Leeds would have won promotion in 1990 if Vinnie had not been such a big media character, who took all of the intense pressure off his team mates.
    Wilko and Strachan both turned Vinnie into a decent footballer for one season and that 89-90 season was such an exciting season when everybody at Leeds all believed in automatic promotion from start to finish.
    Get well to a Leeds legend!

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  11. king sniffer

    I thought exactly the same as Howard Bartle. I was hardly over the moon when we signed him, and thought it would just enhance our Dirty Leeds reputation with the press and the media rubbing their hands with glee. Then he arrived and proved to be a great all round footballer. If only we could have another like him. Again, the time he spent with the disabled fans was a real eye opener. Best wishes Vinnie, and may you one day cross paths with Paul up some dark alley! MOT

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  12. I liked Vinnie as a player and a man, not that I knew him personally but only through what I’d been told and read so I may be way off the mark. I thought he was very underrated as a player at the time. He’s an anachronism of course and wouldn’t get into many premiership teams largely because you cannot touch a player without getting booked these days- but there was aplace for the Vinnie Jones of the 80’s. Terry Hurlock, Vinnie Jones, Billy Whitehursts etc, I fuckin loved this type of player- enforcers, no nonsense but I thought Vinnie did’t have a bad touch. I remember him getting pelted with coins etc as he ran up the far touchline at my beloved st james’s park for his league debut- he took with a bit of humour and got his own back at Elland Road in the replay- you needed players like Vinnie back then- they made the crowd unite. I have reasons to dislike him- who can forget what he did to Gazza in the fifth round of the cup when he played for wimbledon- I had that picture on me bedroom wall for fucks sake and that day he broke my heart- but he had charisma and heart and passion. I wish we’d had the cunt I’ll tell you for absolutely nowt because he got others to play around him and players that can do that are very rare. He always pays Newcastle and our fans maximum respect, always- he was in goal for wimbledon when we put seven past him- he was class that day. I will always support Vinnie as he’s a gentleman, simple as- and not a bad lad to have in your ranks when the chips were down- for every Beardsley you need the odd Vinnie in your team just to remind people who’s boss. Youve been lucky to have him and he loved Leeds right back, don’t forget that. He’d have died for the cause back in them heady days of 88/89. Best of Luck Vinnie from a Newcastle Lad!!

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  13. belfastpete

    Lost my brother to that cancer all the best to you Vinnie MOT

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