Mark Jones (footballer)
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|Full name||Mark Jones|
|Date of birth||15 June 1933|
|Place of birth||Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England|
|Date of death||6 February 1958(aged 24)|
|Place of death||Munich, Germany|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Centre half|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He signed for Manchester United as an apprentice on leaving school in 1948 and made his first two appearances in the 1950-51 season, aged 17, and by the time of United's title glory in 1955-56 he was a regular first team player, although he often found himself out of the team in favour of Jackie Blanchflower having previously been understudy to the veteran Allenby Chilton. Earlier in his United career, he had also worked as a bricklayer in the Barnsley area.
He played a total of 120 first team games for United (103 of them in the league), and scored once. He was selected in an England senior squad once, but did not take to the field. Many observers believe that he would have been capped by England had he not perished at Munich.
He was survived by his wife, June, and their two-year-old son, Gary. His daughter, Lynne, was born four months after the Munich air disaster, and June later re-married to a man called Herbert Barker. She died in December 2007, and was buried next to her first husband just weeks before the 50th anniversary of his death. His son Gary had a trial with Manchester United in the early 1970s but was not taken on by the club.
He was portrayed in a 2011 BBC film, United, by actor Thomas Howes. However, the producers mistakenly cast him as the team captain, when in fact Roger Byrne was captain of the United side at the time.
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