Fred Jones (footballer, born 1867)

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Fred Jones
Personal information
Full name Frederick William Jones
Date of birth January 1867
Place of birth Llandudno, Wales
Date of death 27 December 1910(1910-12-27) (aged 43)
Place of death Llandudno, Wales
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Llandudno Swifts
West Manchester
1890 Burslem Port Vale 3 (0)
1890–1892 Newton Heath 0 (0)
1892–1893 Small Heath 8 (0)
1893 Lincoln City 7 (0)
Llandudno Swifts
National team
1893 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Frederick William Jones (January 1867 – 27 December 1910) was a Welsh international footballer who played in the Football League for Small Heath and Lincoln City.[1]


Jones was born in Llandudno, which was then in Caernarfonshire, and began his football career with Llandudno Swifts before trying his luck in England. He began with West Manchester and in the summer of 1890 moved on to Burslem Port Vale. He made his debut in a friendly at Newton Heath on 1 September 1890 and must have spoken to the opposition management as he left on a transfer to Newton Heath at his own request at the end of the month.[2]

Without playing a competitive game for the club in nearly two years,[3][4] Jones left Newton Heath for Football League Second Division club Small Heath in August 1892. His brother Arnold also played for the club during the 1892–93 season, though never appeared for the first team.[5] After Fred Speller broke his leg, Jones took over the left back position, making his debut on 3 December 1892 in a 1–1 draw at home to Sheffield United, and played nine games in all competitions, contributing to Small Heath's Second Division title.[6]

On 18 March 1893 Jones won his first and only full international cap for Wales, and became the first Small Heath player to be capped by Wales; Wales lost 8–0 to Scotland.[5][7]

By then, Jones had lost his place in Small Heath's starting eleven to Bernard Pumfrey,[6] and in September 1893 he joined fellow Second Division club Lincoln City.[5] He played nine times in all competitions for Lincoln's first team, later joining Reading[8] and then returning to Wales. In the latter part of his career he was employed more often as an emergency goalkeeper than a full-back.[5]

Jones was found dead in the street in his native Llandudno; his death, in 1910 at the age of 43, was attributed to an apoplectic seizure.


  • Sourced from Fred Jones profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Small Heath 1892–93 Second Division 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Lincoln City 1893–94 Second Division 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 156. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  3. ^ "1886/92". Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Football Alliance records". MUFCInfo. Mark Graham. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  6. ^ a b Matthews, p. 141.
  7. ^ "Welsh international matches 18 March 1893". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Fred Jones". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 14 April 2009.