Brad Jones (footballer)

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Brad Jones
Brad Jones.jpg
Jones lining up for Australia in 2007
Personal information
Full name Bradley Jones[1]
Date of birth (1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Armadale, Perth, Australia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 1
Youth career
1997–1999 Bayswater City
1999–2001 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2010 Middlesbrough 57 (0)
2001 Shelbourne (loan) 4 (0)
2002–2003 Stockport County (loan) 1 (0)
2003 Rotherham United (loan) 0 (0)
2003 Blackpool (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2005 Blackpool (loan) 12 (0)
2006 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 15 (0)
2010– Liverpool 11 (0)
2011 Derby County (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2001 Australia U20 1 (0)
2003–2004 Australia U23 6 (0)
2007– Australia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Bradley "Brad" Jones (born 19 March 1982) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays for English club Liverpool as a goalkeeper. He was a member of the Middlesbrough team for over a decade as well as having a number of loan spells at a succession of lower league clubs; Stockport, Rotherham United, Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday, he also had a brief loan spell in Ireland with Shelbourne. In August 2010, he made a £2.3m move to Liverpool.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jones was born in Armadale, Western Australia[1] to English parents. He attended John Curtin Senior High School, graduating in 1998. Jones signed for Bayswater City SC in Western Australia.[2]

Middlesbrough[edit]

He was then signed by Middlesbrough, playing in their youth system, and signed a professional contract on 26 March 1999.[1] He made his first team debut in the FA Cup third round against Notts County in 2004 and later that season won a League Cup winners medal.

He had loan spells at several clubs; in the 2001–02 season he played four games for Irish club side Shelbourne F.C.. He made his professional and League of Ireland debut on 5 October against local rivals Bohemians at Dalymount Park and conceded 4 goals in a 6–4 victory one of which was direct from his own goal kick. His second appearance for the club came one week later in a 3–1 home victory against Monaghan United. Later he had loan spells at Stockport County and Blackpool. In the 2005–06 season, playing for Middlesbrough, Jones saved a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty which left the match against Manchester United level at 0–0.

In August 2006, Jones was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday for a period of three months. He made a somewhat up-and-down start to his loan spell, making some vital saves as well as conceding penalties in successive games against Plymouth Argyle and Leeds United. On 21 October, his own fans turned on him and attacked him by throwing coins and other missiles during the home game against Queens Park Rangers.[3]

With his mentor in Mark Schwarzer moving to Fulham, Jones became first choice goalkeeper at Middlesbrough. He picked up an injury in the second game of the 2008–09 season and subsequently missed the next two games. Jones regained his place in the Middlesbrough first team in January 2009 and remained first choice as Middlesbrough were relegated from the Premier League. Another pre-season injury saw him miss the start of the season but he regained his place after new signing Danny Coyne conceded 5 against West Bromwich Albion. He remained in the Boro side for the rest of the season, although they failed to gain promotion from the Championship.

Liverpool[edit]

On 17 August 2010, Jones joined Liverpool in a deal worth £2,300,000. He qualifies as a "home-grown" player under the new Premier League rules.[4] On 19 August, Jones watched Liverpool's UEFA Europa League play-off 1st leg tie at Anfield from the directors' box, along with captain Steven Gerrard, Emiliano Insúa, Alberto Aquilani and Dirk Kuyt. He was handed the number 1 shirt after goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri left the club on 23 August, ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City. Jones made his unofficial debut in Jamie Carragher's testimonial against an Everton XI and impressed with a string of saves.[5] Jones made his debut for Liverpool in the League Cup 3rd Round tie against Northampton Town on 23 September 2010. The game ended 2–2 after extra time before Liverpool lost on penalties. A couple of weeks later, Jones injured his shoulder in training and was be out for up to a month. Reserve goalkeeper Martin Hansen took his place on the bench until Jones was back fit as Liverpool's other backup goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi was on loan at nearby club Tranmere Rovers. He made his second start for the club on 15 December 2010 in a Europa League game against Utrecht, getting his first clean sheet for the Reds and becoming the first player to wear a snood in a competitive fixture.[citation needed] Unfortunately for Jones this was to be his last game of the 2010–11 season.

Derby County (loan)[edit]

At the end of March, Jones joined Derby County on loan for the remainder of the 2010–11 season.[6] Jones made his debut in a 4–1 loss to Cardiff City and went on to concede 16 goals in his seven games at Derby, including another four against Burnley (2–4) and three against Norwich City (2–3). He came in for criticism from Derby manager Nigel Clough after his mistake let Bristol City take an early lead in Derby's final home game of the season, in a match the club eventually lost 2–0. It turned out to be Jones' last Derby game.[7] He was an unused substitute in Derby's 2–1 defeat at Reading on the last day of the Championship season before returning to Liverpool, after being replaced by academy goalkeeper Ross Atkins.[8]

Return to Liverpool[edit]

Brad Jones and Péter Gulácsi training with Liverpool in 2012.
Brad Jones watches Péter Gulácsi save a penalty in training in 2012.

His first Premier League match for Liverpool came on 10 April 2012, in a 3–2 away win against Blackburn Rovers. Jones came off the bench in the 26th minute after second choice goalkeeper Doni had been sent off for fouling Junior Hoilett in the penalty area. Jones saved the resulting penalty, taken by Yakubu and celebrated by pointing towards the sky in dedication to his late son, Luca. Liverpool went on to win the game 2–3 with an injury time winner from Andy Carroll.[9] He played in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley, due to the suspension of Doni and first choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina; Liverpool went on to win the game 2–1 thanks to goals from Luis Suárez and Andy Carroll. Jones therefore made history as the first Liverpool player to make his first four appearances for the club in four different competitions.

Jones made his first appearance of the 2012–13 season in a UEFA Europa League qualifier against Gomel on 2 August; Liverpool won the game 1–0. His second appearance came on 20 September in a 5–2 win against Young Boys in the Europa League group stage. Jones also helped Liverpool progress in the League Cup in a 2–1 win against West Brom on 26 September.

His first Premier League start came on 20 October, against Reading, which Liverpool won 1–0. On 25 October, Jones played his third Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala, keeping yet another clean sheet as Liverpool won 1–0. Three days later he played in Liverpool's 2–2 draw at Goodison Park. On 31 October, Liverpool played Swansea City in the League Cup which Liverpool lost 3–1.

Jones continued to start in goal for Liverpool after their 1–1 draw with Newcastle United on 4 November. Liverpool played against Anzhi on 8 November in a Europa League group stage match and lost 1–0 after a 46th minute chip goal from Lacina Traore. November seemed to be Jones' month after another start on 11 November against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The game ended in a 1–1 draw thanks to Jones making a good save from a Fernando Torres header.

Due to his excellent performances Jones was rewarded and signed a new contract with Liverpool on 21 December 2012.[10] Jones would then go on to keep another clean sheet this time in a 5–0 win over Norwich in the Premier League. He would then play in an FA Cup match v League one side Oldham, Jones was at fault for at least one of the goals conceded as Liverpool crashed out 3–2. He would then go on to play two more times in the 2012/2013 season, The first was a 3–1 defeat against Southampton, Jones also made a string of good saves in that game including a one on one v Rickie Lambert, His other game was a 3–2 victory over Tottenham making a string of good saves in particular a free kick from Gareth Bale.

Overall Brad Jones played 15 times in the 2012–13 season conceding 21 goals and keeping 4 clean sheets in his most productive season yet for Liverpool. During the 2013–14 season, Brad Jones did not make any appearance for Liverpool in the Premier League. But he was the no 1 goalkeeper for the FA Cup and played two games before losing to Arsenal in the fifth round.

On 14 December 2014 Jones was chosen in the starting eleven against Manchester United instead of the regular goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who had not been performing well for various months. Jones put in a mixed performance in a 3-0 loss, with some analysts criticising him for going to ground too early for two of the goals. [11][12]

International career[edit]

Jones received his first senior international call up for Australia on 5 February 2007 to replace Mark Schwarzer in a friendly match.[13] He made his first senior international start on 2 June 2007 against Uruguay. He was at fault for Australia losing that match after dropping a routine catch allowing Alvaro Recoba to score an easy goal.[14][15] He was part of Australia's début campaign in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, but he did not feature in any of their matches. Additionally, he was selected as one of the three goalkeepers in Australia's final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[16] but he left the squad to return to his family following news of his son being diagnosed with leukemia[17] and he did not return to the tournament.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Jones is in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend Dani Lawrence. His six-year old son Luca Jones, from a previous relationship, died on 18 November 2011 after a year-long battle with leukemia.[19] Liverpool's players and staff wore black armbands as a mark of respect in their subsequent 2–1 victory over Chelsea; his old teammates at Middlesbrough also wore armbands as a mark of respect.[20] Dani gave birth to Brad's second son Nico in April 2012.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 21 December 2014[22]
Season Club Division League Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Middlesbrough Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Stockport County (loan) Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04 Blackpool (loan) 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
2003–04 Middlesbrough Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004–05 Blackpool (loan) League One 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2004–05 Middlesbrough Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2005–06 9 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 16 0
2006–07 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) Championship 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2006–07 Middlesbrough Premier League 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2008–09 16 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
2009–10 Championship 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2010–11 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 Derby County (loan) Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2011–12 Liverpool Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 7 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
2013–14 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2014–15 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 107 0 16 0 8 0 9 0 2 0 142 0
  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Blackpool

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough reveal no deal agreed for Brad Jones". BBC Sport. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  3. ^ Fans turn against Jones Vitalfootball.com.uk (2006-10-23).
  4. ^ "Middlesbrough agree Brad Jones transfer to Liverpool". BBC Sport. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Stopper on the move". Liverpool F.C. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jones set to join Derby on loan, Dean may leave". This is Derbyshire. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "CLOUGH SLAMS JONES ERROR". Football 365. 30 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Reading 2 – 1 Derby". BBC Sport. 2011-05-07. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Jonathan Jurejko (2012-04-10). "Blackburn 2–3 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 
  10. ^ "Jones extends Anfield stay". Liverpool FC Official Website. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.espnfc.com/club/manchester-united/360/blog/post/2201494/david-de-gea-has-developed-into-one-of-the-premier-leagues-best-keepers
  12. ^ "Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0, match report: David de Gea the Old Trafford hero as rivals are swept aside". The Telegraph. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Goalkeeper Brad Jones has been called into the senior Australia squad for the first time. Middlesbrough F.C.
  14. ^ "Jones fumble can't stifle the feelgood factor". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 June 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Jones blunder hands Uruguay victory". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Richard Bailey (2010-06-02). "Socceroos name final squad". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  17. ^ "Socceroo Brad Jones leaves World Cup squad after son diagnosed with cancer". Perthnow.com.au. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  18. ^ "Jones won't return to WC". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  19. ^ "Rest in Peace Luca Jones". Liverpool F.C. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Liverpool players dedicate win over Chelsea to team-mate Brad Jones after losing young son to leukaemia". Goal.com. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Liverpool's keeper crisis deepens as Doni's red card leaves No 3 Jones set for Wembley". Daily Mail (London). 11 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Brad Jones Bio/Stats/News". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 

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