Eric Jones (footballer, born 1915)

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Eric Jones
Personal information
Full name Eric Norman Jones
Date of birth (1915-02-15)15 February 1915
Place of birth Aston, England
Date of death 1985 (aged 69–70)
Playing position Right-winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Kidderminster Harriers ? (?)
1936 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 (0)
1937 Portsmouth 1 (0)
1938 Stoke City 0 (0)
1939 West Bromwich Albion 3 (4)
1945 Brentford 0 (0)
1946–1947 Crewe Alexandra 37 (9)
Total 44+ (13+)
Teams managed
1949–1951 BSC Young Boys
1953–1955 Beerschot
1960–1962 De Graafschap
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Eric Norman Jones (5 February 1915 – 1985) was an English footballer who played for Kidderminster Harriers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Brentford, and Crewe Alexandra. After the war he managed BSC Young Boys (Switzerland), Beerschot (Belgium), and De Graafschap (Netherlands).

Playing career[edit]

Jones played for Kidderminster Harriers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. During the war he guested for Portsmouth, Chelsea, Watford, Southend United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Queen's Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, Northampton Town, Fulham and Exeter City.

{He also made 1 wartime guest appearance for Clapton Orient in the 1941-42 season. Source: Neilson N. Kaufman, honorary historian to Leyton Orient FC. October 2014. After the war he continued his career with Brentford and then Crewe Alexandra.

Management career[edit]

Jones managed Swiss side BSC Young Boys, leading the club to a seventh place finish in the Nationalliga A in 1950–51. After leaving the Wankdorf Stadium, he took charge at Belgian club Beerschot.[1] He later took charge at Dutch club De Graafschap.

He was appointed Port Vale's trainer-coach in June 1962, introducing revolutionary intensive training sessions for the players.[2] He had to be taken off the pitch during his first match with the club after being struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.[2] His approach of strict discipline was apparently not favoured by the board and he resigned his post at Vale Park for domestic reasons in October 1962.[2]


  1. ^ "Coaches". (in Belgian). Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 156. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.