Express & Star

‘Mystery man’ Jorge Leitao’s secret Walsall stormer

Jorge Leitao was described as the ‘mystery man’ by the papers the morning after Walsall’s 3-1 victory over Raith Rovers in 2000.

Walsall legend Jorge Leitao

The then unknown Portuguese forward had scored two headers, before forcing an own goal for the Saddlers’ third.

Walsall had treated the pre-season tour of Scotland with great secrecy. A trio of trialists travelled with them across the border, and Leitao was a stand-out performer.

“The new man certainly pleased the 30 or so Saddlers fans at Stark’s Park, who gave him a big hand when he came off at half-time,” wrote the Express & Star.

But while Leitao lapped up the love from his new adoring audience, former Walsall director of football Paul Taylor made a quick dash for the changing room.