Fred Jones (footballer, born 1888)

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Fred Jones
Personal information
Full name Frederick Jones
Date of birth (1888-12-25)25 December 1888
Place of birth Newstead, Nottinghamshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Inside-forward
Youth career
Annesley
Sutton Junction
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1907–1911 Notts County 66 (24)
1911–1912 Coventry City
1912–1913 Notts County 20 (3)
1913–1914 Coventry City
1914–1915 Southampton 31 (13)
1919–1920 Coventry City 1 (0)
1920–1921 Wrexham
Pembroke Dock
Ebbw Vale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Frederick Jones (born 25 December 1888) was an English professional footballer who played at inside-forward for various clubs in the 1900s and 1910s, spending most of his career with Notts County.

Football career[edit]

Jones was born in Newstead, Nottinghamshire on Christmas Day 1888 and, after playing club football in the nearby villages of Annesley and Sutton-in-Ashfield, he joined Notts County in 1907.

He soon became a regular member of Notts County's First Division side, generally playing at inside-left and in the 1909–10 season he only missed two League matches as County finished ninth in the table, their best finish for nine years. In the following season, he lost his place to Sam Richards, and only made three further appearances.

Jones spent the 1911–12 season playing for Southern League Coventry City, before returning to Meadow Lane for a further year in the First Division, at the end of which Notts County were relegated to the Second Division. He then went back to Coventry City for a further season, before moving to the south coast in April 1914 to join Southampton, also in the Southern League.

Described as "a burly, bustling inside-left",[1] Jones made his debut in the opening match of the 1914–15 season, scoring in a 3–3 draw against Luton Town. Jones soon formed a "potent partnership"[1] with fellow forwards Sid Kimpton and Arthur Dominy, who was the leading scorer in the Southern League with 30 goals. In his one season with the "Saints", Jones made a total of 35 League and FA Cup appearances, scoring 14 goals.[2]

His professional football career was halted by the First World War, after which Jones spent another season with Coventry City, now in the Football League Second Division. After making only one league appearance he played out his career with a trio of clubs in Wales, Wrexham, Pembroke Dock and Ebbw Vale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 185. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 56–57. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.