|Full name||Richard Glynn Jones|
|Date of birth||26 September 1986|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2005–2006||→ Royal Antwerp (loan)||6||(2)|
|2006||→ Colchester United (loan)||6||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Barnsley (loan)||4||(0)|
|2007||→ Yeovil Town (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 23 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He is a product of the Manchester United youth system and was joined the club at the age of nine, Jones made five appearances for the first team, playing in the FA Cup and League Cup. During his time at United, he also went on loan to a number of lower league teams to gain first team experience. He has made league starts for Colchester United and Barnsley in 2006–07, Yeovil Town in the 2007–08 season and, in 2006, went on loan to Belgium's Royal Antwerp for a month. Since leaving United he has played for Hartlepool United, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City, Rochdale, and Grimsby Town.
Jones was a member of the Manchester United F.C. Academy from the age of nine, and scored the golden goal to win the Milk Cup in 2003, beating Preston in the final. He captained United's Youth Cup team and was part of the United reserve side that won four trophies in 2004–05, and three trophies in 2005–06. Jones appeared for the Manchester United first team five times during his career with the club. He made his senior debut for United on 26 October 2005 in a League Cup game against Barnet. Jones was also named as a substitute in a Champions league game away to French team Lille. This was followed by a place on the bench against Aston Villa in the Premier League, and then another appearance away to Birmingham in the League Cup.
His next appearance was in a highly emotional night against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, when he came on for the last half-hour and almost scored in a game that was dedicated to the late George Best. His last appearance before going on loan for first team experience was away to Burton Albion in the FA Cup, although the match ended as a scoreless draw. In the 2004–05 season, Jones played for United's reserve side in the Central League and the Premier Reserve League, both of which United won. His goals also helped United get to the final of two cup competitions. In August 2006, Don Howe, ex Arsenal Manager, wrote about Jones in The Telegraph commenting on his ability, versatility and praise for his United performances.
In January 2006, Jones was sent on loan to Manchester United's "feeder club", Belgian Second Division club Royal Antwerp, to gain further first team experience. However, after playing just two games for Antwerp, his loan spell was cut short to provide cover for an injury-hit United midfield. At the start of the 2006–07 season, Jones made two more first team appearances, playing in pre-season friendlies against Preston North End and Macclesfield Town, in which he was credited with an assist for Wayne Rooney's goal. He then played in United's 2–1 League Cup win over Crewe Alexandra, in which his cross set up Ole Gunnar Solskjær to score United's first goal.
In October 2006, he was loaned to Colchester United for a month to provide cover for injuries at the Championship club. His performances earned him praise from the Colchester United manager, Geraint Williams, saying Jones was a credit to his club, and though Jones expressed a desire to remain at Colchester, he returned to Manchester United at the end of his loan. In February 2007, he joined fellow Manchester United youngster Adam Eckersley on loan at Barnsley until 7 May 2007. He was given the number 10 shirt, and made four appearances for the Tykes before returning to Manchester United. At the start of the 2007–08 season, Jones played in a pre-season friendly alongside Owen Hargreaves in midfield against Peterborough United. Manchester United won 3–1, with Jones scoring one of the goals.
However, on 14 August 2007, Jones signed for Yeovil Town on a short term loan until 31 December 2007 to gain further first team football. He made his debut for Yeovil on 18 August 2007 against Port Vale. It was his cross that led to the only goal in a 1–0 win for Yeovil. On 28 December 2007, Jones returned to Manchester United as planned to compete for his place in United's first team. In March 2008, Jones went on trial with Championship side Burnley for a week. Burnley manager Owen Coyle said he liked the look of Jones, but felt it inappropriate to say any more while Jones is under contract at another club.
On 27 June 2008, it was announced that Jones was to be released by Manchester United at the end of his contract on 30 June. On 4 July 2008, Jones signed for Hartlepool United on a free transfer. He came second in an end-of-season fans vote for 'Young Player of the Year', resulting in Hartlepool taking up their option to extend Jones' contract to the end of the 2009–10 season. On 12 May 2010, Jones was granted a free transfer from Hartlepool United.
Two months later, on 7 July 2010, Jones signed a one-year contract with Oldham Athletic, with the option to extend the deal by a further year, becoming Paul Dickov's first signing as Oldham manager.
It was reported that Jones had also been offered contracts by a Championship team and two other League One sides. Jones scored his first goal for Oldham against Peterborough United FC on 10 September 2010 with a header.
The Oldham Manager Paul Dicov praised the hard working Jones for his unselfish work rate.
On 9 May 2011, Jones declined Oldham's offer of a one-year extension to his contract, despite Dickov's keenness to keep him on. The two parties then agreed that Jones would leave on a free transfer at the end of his current contract.
On 13 July 2011, Jones joined Bradford City on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. On 13 September, Jones scored his first goal for Bradford against Port Vale. In 2011/12 season Bradford reached the Northern area semi final of the Johnstones Paint Trophy, in the previous rounds Bradford knocked out Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, both via a penalty shoot out which Jones scored a penalty in both games. In 2012/13 season, Bradford again reached the Northern area semi final of JPT, Jones scored against Port Vale FC to progress to the semi final against Crewe Alexandra FC. The manager Phil Parkinson said of Jones that he is a 'Supreme Athlete'. On 11 December 2012, Jones featured for Bradford in the famous victory over Arsenal in the Capital One Cup quarter final at Valley Parade.
On 11 September 2013 he joined Grimsby Town on trial, and a few days later he joined the club on a month to month contract. The Grimsby manager Paul Hurst said there was no doubt that he would like to agree a permanent deal for the midfielder, as he was concerned that rival clubs could start to circling for Jones after a promising start to his career. On 10 October 2013 he signed a contract keeping him at the club until mid-January. On 27 November 2013 he was released by club on the grounds of mutual consent having only played 6 times without scoring.
Jones has also played for England at every level from Under-15 to Under-20, scoring the winning goal for the Under-17 side in the Nordic Championship final in Sweden. He was a member of the England Under-19 squad that reached the final of the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in July 2005, before losing out to France. He acted as captain during some of these matches.
In 2010 Trevor Brooking, Director of football development at the FA, cited Ritchie Jones in a newspaper article regarding the situation with the England National Team. He stated "A classic example is the 2005 England U19 tournament team, none of whom is anywhere near the full national team now at the age of 24 [...] Typical is skipper Ritchie Jones, who was then at Manchester United but is now a midfielder at Oldham. One crucial reason is that Premier League clubs are not willing to trust in local youth in the way that other countries do".
- As of 23 February 2013.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Colchester United (loan)||2006–07||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Yeovil Town (loan)||2007–08||9||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||11||0|
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- Hamilton, Fiona. The Times (London) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/manchester_united/article2199417.ece
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- Thompson, Gemma (27 June 2008). "Reds to release youngsters". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 27 June 2008.
- "Jones signing is feather in cap". hartlepoolunited.co.uk (Hartlepool United FC). 4 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
- "Vital Hartlepool Awards: Young Player Of The Year". VitalHartlepool.co.uk (Vital Hartlepool). 5 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Keepers fail to net new deals". gazettelive.co.uk (Evening Gazette). 7 May 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Pools Announce Retained List". hartlepoolunited.co.uk (Hartlepool United FC). 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Ritchie Jones Joins Latics". oldhamathletic.co.uk (Oldham Athletic AFC). 7 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- "Latics win Jones race". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 7 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- Bailey, Graeme (9 May 2011). "Jones shuns Oldham stay". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "Bradford City sign midfielder Ritchie Jones on a free" BBC Sport. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "Port Vale 3–2 Bradford" BBC Sport. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- Ritchie Jones career stats at Soccerbase