Joey Jones

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Joey Jones
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Patrick Jones
Date of birth (1955-03-04) 4 March 1955 (age 66)
Place of birth Llandudno, Wales
Position(s) Left-back
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1973–1975 Wrexham 98 (2)
1975–1978 Liverpool 72 (3)
1978–1982 Wrexham 146 (6)
1982–1985 Chelsea 78 (2)
1985–1987 Huddersfield Town 68 (3)
1987–1992 Wrexham 132 (11)
Total594(27)
National team
Wales U-23 4 (0)
1975–1986 Wales [1] 72 (1)
Teams managed
2001 Wrexham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joseph Patrick Jones (born 4 March 1955 [2] ) is a Welsh former international football full-back who most notably played for Liverpool, with whom he won the two European Cups.

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Club career

Wrexham

Jones was born in Llandudno, and joined Wrexham in 1971. He made his debut at the age of 17 in a Welsh Cup tie against local rivals Chester City; Wrexham lost 1–0. He did, however, win the Welsh Cup with the club in 1975, when they beat Cardiff City in the final. Jones established himself as a right-back and helped Wrexham to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1974, the first time the club had reached that stage. [3]

Liverpool

Jones left Wrexham to join his boyhood heroes, Liverpool (he had a Liverbird tattoo, which he later had removed for medical reasons, on his forearm)[ citation needed ], when Bob Paisley paid £110,000 for his services in July 1975. [4] He made his debut on 16 August in a 2–0 league defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. [5] He missed out on a league championship medal in 1975–76, as he did not play enough matches to qualify. [6]

In 1977 left back Jones was part of the treble-chasing Liverpool team which won the League championship and reached the finals of the FA Cup and European Cup. [6] Jones scored his first goal for the club on 9 November 1976 in the 5–1 league thrashing of Leicester City at Anfield. [5] The treble, unprecedented in English football, was not forthcoming. Liverpool lost 2–1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley to Manchester United, though Jones supplied the accurate long pass for Jimmy Case to score Liverpool's goal.[ citation needed ] However, Jones became the first Welshman to receive a European Cup winners medal when Liverpool won their first European Cup in Rome four days later, defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3–1. [5] A memorable banner was unfurled by Liverpool supporters at the European Cup final in Rome which said "Joey Ate The Frogs Legs, Made The Swiss Roll, Now He's Munching Gladbach". [6]

Jones was in and out of the side the following year, with the renaissance of Tommy Smith and the emergence of young Scottish defender Alan Hansen severely reducing his first team opportunities. He left in the summer of 1978 after exactly 100 appearances, in which he scored 3 goals. [6]

Return to Wrexham

He returned to Wrexham [6] in 1978 for £210,000, a record that still stands as of 2020.[ citation needed ]

Chelsea

In 1982, Jones joined Chelsea for £34,000, having been signed by John Neal. Jones was sent off on his debut against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. However, Jones's committed attitude and pre-match fist-clenching ritual eventually made him a cult hero among the fans. He also proved instrumental in Chelsea's successful battle to avoid relegation to the Third Division. He was a part of the side which romped to promotion as Second Division champions in 1983–84. He remained with the club in the top flight for one more season, before surprisingly being sold to Huddersfield Town for £35,000 in August 1985. He finished his Chelsea career with 78 league appearances and 2 goals. [7]

Huddersfield and third spell at Wrexham

He joined Huddersfield in the summer of 1985 from Chelsea, and was named Town's player of the year in his first season. After two seasons he left to re-join Wrexham, [3] where he retired at the end of the 1991–92 season.

International career

Joey made his Wales debut in November 1975 against Austria. He went on to win 72 caps, scoring one goal, [2] his last action coming in a friendly away to Canada in May 1986.

After retirement

Jones underwent heart surgery in 2002 and has since scaled down his commitments with Wrexham, he works as the Under 18's and Reserve team coach. In 2001, he had a brief spell as caretaker manager between the departure of Brian Flynn and arrival of Denis Smith.

In 2005, Jones completed his autobiography entitled "Oh Joey, Joey!" about his life in football. This was a book of the week on Sky Sports News in February 2006.

Also in 2005, Jones was named as Wrexham's ultimate Cult Hero on BBC TV's Football Focus. Jones is much respected by Liverpool supporters and he finished in 63rd place in the 2006 poll of all-time favourite Liverpool players (100 Players Who Shook The Kop official Liverpool Football Club web-site). 110,000 fans worldwide had taken part in the vote.

Honours

Wrexham
Liverpool
Chelsea

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