Leighton James is now 62 and the former winger played most of his football at Burnley and he was born in Swansea and played for a number of clubs including his home town club and he even spent a year at Sunderland from 1983.
He was capped 54 times for Wales.
Leighton James today – now a controversial journalist
Leighton James is now a journalist and he writes a column for the South Wales Evening Post, and since his writings have not been without controversy.
He caused controversy in March 2008 by commenting in the South Wales Evening Post that he would like to see Cardiff lose to Barnsley in the FA Cup semi-final.
He was also dropped from the BBC for other controversial comments he has made.
Well it looks like he’s still at it – and yesterday he said he wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle get relegated this season:
Never mind Sunderland being early tips for relegation — Newcastle fans should also start worrying after last weekend’s display.
The Magpies were absolutely woeful in that 2-0 defeat at the Liberty and anyone who watched the game knows the score could easily have been double that.
Swansea City were so much better than the Geordies it was embarrassing. That was Swansea’s sixth victory over the Magpies in seven games — and the other match ended as a draw.
We’ve gone past the point where Swansea can relish in a good run of results against a once great side. They are now operating on a completely different level to Newcastle.
And, if they’re not careful, Newcastle’s area of the table could be the one that gets booted into the Championship come May.
I don’t think Newcastle will be causing anyone too much pain this season.
We beat Swansea 2-0 in April of 2012 with two goals from newly signed Papiss Cisse so he has his facts wrong there.
But in the nine league games we have played them since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2011, they still have six wins, two draws and one defeat.
Newcastle didn’t play well last Saturday especially in those first 20 minutes, and if we play the same way on Saturday at Old Trafford then the game will be lost rather quickly.
Newcastle have to show that they are side difficult to beat this season – and therefore make it a lot different from the disaster of last season.