Keith Jones (English footballer)
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|Full name||Keith Aubrey Jones|
|Date of birth||14 October 1965|
|Place of birth||Dulwich, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1993||→ Colchester United (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Dulwich, Jones started out with Chelsea as a midfielder, making his full debut in March 1983. After four years he moved onto London neighbours Brentford for a fee of £40,000 for another four year spell. In 1991 he moved to Southend United for £175,000. After impressing at Roots Hall, he was handed the opportunity to join Charlton Athletic in 1994.
Jones had a successful spell at Charlton. Four years after joining, he helped the club into the Premier League. He played in their dramatic win over Sunderland in the 1998 play off final, winning 7-6 on penalties after a 4-4 draw, with Jones scoring one of the penalties. In 1999 he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Liverpool. Despite this, he left Charlton's team due to the emergence of Scott Parker and to new signings such as Graham Stuart in 2000. Former Charlton team-mate Alan Pardew signed Jones for Reading. In the 2001–02 season Jones helped the Royals finish runners-up in the Second Division. He retired at the end of the season. During his time at Reading he scored once; his strike coming in a 4-0 win over Grays Athletic in the FA Cup.
Jones moved to Tucson, Arizona to head up Charlton Athletic USA. He then accepted an offer to coach a women's USL club team, the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he won the USL-W Coach of the Year award in 2007. During that time he also coached the Coweta Cannons '90 Premier youth team. Presently Jones is a full-time staff coach at the premier youth soccer club in Arizona, SC del Sol (www.scdelsol.com) where he works with male and female players of all ages and abilities. In addition to that, Jones also runs summer residential soccer camps for the English Soccer Experience (www.englishsoccer.com). Jones holds an Advanced National Soccer license with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.