Leon Jeanne

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Leon Jeanne
Personal information
Full name Leon Charles Jeanne
Date of birth (1980-11-17) 17 November 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Weston-super-Mare
Youth career
Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Queens Park Rangers 12 (0)
2001–2002 Cardiff City 2 (0)
2002 Havant & Waterlooville 0 (0)
2002 Newport County 2 (0)
2002 Port Talbot 7 (2)
2003 Barry Town 12 (3)
2003 Dinas Powys
2003–2004 Barry Town 3 (1)
2006 Merthyr Tydfil
2007–2008 Maesteg Park
2008–2009 Carpenters Arms 8
2009 Weston-super-Mare 2 (0)
2009 Maesteg Park (loan) 0 (0)
2010 Cardiff Corinthians 9 (1)
2010–2011 Bath City 1 (0)
2010–2011 Cinderford Town (dual registration) ? (?)
2011–2012 Afan Lido 1 (0)
2012 Carmarthen Town 0 (0)
2012–2013 Taff's Well
2013– Weston-super-Mare
National team
Wales U21 8 (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:08, 19 August 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Leon Charles Jeanne (born 17 November 1980) is a Welsh footballer.

Career[edit]

A talented winger Jeanne began his career at Queens Park Rangers, making his debut on February 1999 against Watford, but problems began to arise nearly as soon as he became a professional when he disappeared for over a week when he was meant to be reporting for Wales under-21 duty. However manager Gerry Francis revealed that it was not the first time the youngster had gone missing and that Jeanne was on his last chance at the club after being arrested for drink-driving the previous year.[1]

He left QPR in 2001 to sign for his hometown club Cardiff City who hoped to curb his disciplinary problems only for them to spiral out of control during his time there. Just a few weeks after joining Cardiff he tested positive for a class A drug and was handed a two-year suspended sentence by the Football Association of Wales.[2] He started to show his quality with two appearances for the first team after the ruling but at the end of the season yet another situation arose. In May 2002 Jeanne was selected for random drugs testing and sent his sample away but the results came back only to show that the sample he had submitted was not urine. He refused to provide a second sample which led to Cardiff terminating his contract and he left the club.[3]

After his release from Cardiff he attempted a comeback with Havant & Waterlooville in a pre-season friendly against League of Wales side Barry Town but was withdrawn from playing after officials at Barry questioned if he was allowed to play at which point it was revealed that he was currently banned from playing football.[4] He was allowed to resume playing a short while later and enjoyed a prosperous spell at Port Talbot Town but yet again he was involved in a scandal. In September 2002 he was arrested, along with two other men, on suspicion of dealing class A drugs. During the court case he revealed that he used to be addicted to cocaine. Eventually he and the other two men were cleared of all charges.[5]

After the case ended he returned to football with Newport County followed by spells at Dinas Powys and Barry Town.[6] After a spell playing for Maesteg Park, Jeanne joined amateur side Carpenters Arms.[7] On 7 July 2009, Jeanne was arrested on suspicion of money-laundering after a police raid on his home.[8]

Jeanne featured in two pre-season friendlies for Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on 9 and 11 July before signing on non-contract terms, making his debut on the opening day of the season in a defeat to Staines Town.[9] However he was released the following month due to a lack of fitness.[10]

In November 2010, Jeanne left Welsh League side Cardiff Corinthians, and signed for Conference National side Bath City. Jeanne also signed on for Cinderford Town of the Southern League South & West Division on dual registration and spent the majority of the 2010–11 season with Cinderford.

In June 2011, Jeanne joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion for pre-season training in a bid to earn a contract and play football at a high level once more. He started the 2011–12 season playing for Welsh Premier League side Afan Lido but left before the start of the 2012–13 season to join Carmarthen Town.[11]

Honours[edit]

With Cardiff City

2001–02

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeanne absent from Wales training" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
  2. ^ "Jeanne avoids drugs ban" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
  3. ^ "Cardiff jettison Jeanne" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
  4. ^ "Jeanne's comeback spiked" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
  5. ^ "Footballer cleared of drug dealing" BBC Retrieved on 9 January 2008
  6. ^ "Jeanne returns to Jenner park" Welsh premier league football Retrieved on 9 January 2008
  7. ^ "Splott gun down the Roath Park Rangers in nine goal thriller" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 10 March 2009
  8. ^ "Police raid home of former Bluebirds winger Jeanne" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 10 July 2009
  9. ^ "Late goal denies seasiders a point on the opening day". The Weston Mercury. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Seagulls release midfielder Jeanne". The Weston Mercury. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Leon Jeanne joins Carmarthen". Wales Online. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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