John Jones (footballer, born 1856)

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John Jones (born 1856) was a Welsh amateur footballer who spent most of his football career with Druids, and played for the Wales national football team in their first international match in 1876.

Football career[edit]

Jones worked as a coal-miner at Gwersyllt, near Wrexham and joined the Druids club, based in his home town of Ruabon, in 1875.[1]

In February 1876, he took part in trials organized by Llewelyn Kenrick (one of the founders of the Druids club) to select Welsh players to represent their country in a match against Scotland.[2] The match was played at Hamilton Crescent, Partick, the home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club on 25 March 1876, with Jones playing on the left wing.[3] The Welsh were well defeated, conceding four goals without reply.[4]

Jones was known throughout North Wales football circles as "Dirty Jack"; this was not in reference to his occupation but to his style of football. In common with many players of the 1880s, he was a "tough and vigorous opponent who gave no quarter".[1]

Druids reached the final of the inaugural Welsh Cup on 30 March 1878, losing 1–0 to local rivals Wrexham.[5]

In 1878, the Druids disbanded temporarily following the loss of their ground at Plasmadoc, with Jones spending a season playing for Oswestry. By 1879, he was back with Druids with the club again reaching the Welsh Cup final, defeating Ruthin 2–1, with Jones scoring the Druids second goal.[6]

Druids were victorious in the Welsh Cup in the next two seasons, defeating Newtown White Star 2–0 in 1881[7] and Northwich Victoria 5–0 in 1882.[8]

Druids again reached the final in 1883, losing 1–0 to Wrexham.[9] Jones did not feature in the 1884 final, but returned in 1885, now playing in goal[1] as Druids defeated Oswestry White Stars 3–1 in a replay.[10]

Honours[edit]

Druids

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. p. 108. ISBN 1-872424-11-2. 
  2. ^ "The Story of Welsh Football". 1876 Kenrick's Challenge. www.wrexham.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "1876 Programme". The Story of Welsh Football. www.wrexham.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Scotland 4 Wales 0 (25 March 1876)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Wrexham 1 Druids 0 (30 March 1878)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Druids 2 Ruthin 1 (13 March 1880)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Druids 2 Newtown White Star 0 (26 March 1881)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Druids 5 Northwich Victoria 0 (8 April 1882)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wrexham 1 Druids 0 (21 April 1883)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Druids 3 Oswestry White Stars 1 (March 1885)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 

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