David Jones (footballer, born 1940)

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David Jones
Personal information
Full name David Willmott Llewellyn Jones
Date of birth (1940-04-09)9 April 1940
Place of birth Kingsley, Cheshire, England
Date of death 12 December 2013(2013-12-12) (aged 73)
Place of death South Africa
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1955–1956 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1957 Crewe Alexandra 10 (1)
1957–1959 Birmingham City 9 (0)
1959–1964 Millwall 165 (71)
1964–1970 Rangers Johannesburg
1970 Durban City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Willmott Llewellyn Jones (9 April 1940 – 12 December 2013) was an English professional footballer who scored 72 goals in 184 appearances in the Football League playing for Crewe Alexandra, Birmingham City and Millwall, where he spent the majority of his career.[1] He is Millwall's seventh all-time leading scorer, with 74 goals.

Playing career[edit]

Jones was born in Kingsley, Cheshire. He began his football career as a youngster with Crewe Alexandra, and was capped by England at youth level.[2] An inside forward, Jones became Crewe's youngest goalscorer, aged 16 years 144 days, in a match against Gateshead on 10 September 1956, a record which as of March 2009 he still holds.[3] At the end of the 1956–57 season, Jones turned professional with First Division club Birmingham City.[2] He was integrated gradually into the first team, deputising occasionally for experienced forwards Peter Murphy and Bryan Orritt,[4] and had played nine games in the top flight when his progress was disrupted by a leg injury. In December 1959, Jones moved to Millwall of the Fourth Division.[2]

His first full season brought Jones 23 goals; in the next, 1961–62, he was Millwall's joint top scorer alongside Peter Burridge with 22 goals apiece as the club won the Fourth Division title. They promptly sold Burridge, and despite Jones's contributions, two years later they were relegated back to the Fourth Division.[5] Following their relegation, the size of the squad was halved; Jones was among those cut.[6] After 71 goals in 165 league games, he moved to South Africa where he played for Rangers Johannesburg.[1]

Jones died in South Africa on 12 December 2013.[7][8]

Honours[edit]

with Millwall

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Jones". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ "Crewe Alexandra records". Crewe Alexandra F.C. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Matthews, pp. 193–94.
  5. ^ Prole, David. "Millwall 1945–1964". The Millwall History Files. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Millwall 1964–1966: Back to Back Promotions". The Millwall History Files. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Dave Jones". Millwall F.C. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "David Jones". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 September 2016.