Bobby Jones (footballer, born 1933)

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Bobby Jones
Personal information
Full name Robert William Jones
Date of birth (1933-03-28)28 March 1933
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Date of death 1998 (aged 64–65)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Southport Boys Brigade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1953 Southport 22 (0)
1953–1958 Chester 166 (0)
1958–1966 Blackburn Rovers 49 (0)
1966–1977 Great Harwood Town
Teams managed
Great Harwood Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert "Bobby" Jones (28 March 1933 – 1998) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played in The Football League for Southport, Chester and Blackburn Rovers.

Playing career[edit]

Jones played football as a youngster for the Meols Cop School team, the Southport town boys side and the Boys' Brigade.[1] He then joined Football League side Southport, where his father was club trainer.[1] In the summer of 1953 he moved to Chester, going on to be a league ever present in his first season at the club.[2]

He remained a part-time player throughout his stay at Chester as he earned more in his work as a structural engineer.[2] In March 1958 Jones moved to Blackburn Rovers for £3,000,[2] going on to play top flight football over the next eight years.

Jones was released by Blackburn Rovers in 1966 and he dropped into non–league football with Great Harwood Town, where he would have spells as player, trainer and manager until 1977.[2] Away from football he ran his own design business Jones Wilkinson Construction Services along with lifelong Friend Ken Wilkinson until retiring in 1985 on health grounds.[2] He died in 1998.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Player Memories - Bobby Jones, Chester City v Brighton & Hove Albion matchday programme, 10/9/94, p 15
  2. ^ a b c d e Player Memories - Bobby Jones, Chester City v Cardiff City matchday programme, 13/9/94, p 15
  3. ^ "Bobby Jones". Neil Brown. Retrieved 2008-11-12.