Vinnie Jones' own dad thought he was 'mad' when he joined struggling Sheffield United in 1990
Vinnie Jones has revealed that his own dad thought he was 'mad' when he joined Sheffield United in 1990.
The Blades, then managed by Dave Bassett, were bottom of the old First Division - but survived comfortably that season and became founder members of the Premier League in 1992.
Bassett signed Jones for Wimbledon earlier in his career, and signed him again from Leeds United to be part of his Bramall Lane squad.
"Overall, I enjoyed my time at Sheffield United, Jones, now a famous Hollywood actor, wrote in his latest column for Easy Odds.
"I was taken there by Dave Bassett who hoped to get a bit of ‘Crazy Gang’ action going on in South Yorkshire - and there was certainly some of that when I went out with ‘Big Bad Billy’ Whitehurst. But that’s another story.
"I joined them in the 1990-91 season - even though my dad thought I was mad!
"They were at the bottom of the old first division then, but it was a good deal. ‘Harry’ Bassett wanted me to be a part of his ‘Great Escape’, but things didn’t go to plan at the start. We were getting beaten regularly and we needed a lift.
"I had a chat with Harry - and we stirred the troops up. We won seven matches on the spin, survived and ended up in twelfth. Job done - and then Chelsea called."
Jones went to Chelsea, before returning to Wimbledon.