Gary Jones (footballer, born 1975)
|Full name||Gary Steven Jones|
|Date of birth||10 May 1975|
|Place of birth||Chester, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2002||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||6||(0)|
|2008–2010||Colwyn Bay (assistant)|
|2015–2016||Stockport County (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:59, 10 May 2007 (UTC).
As a player, he was a forward and makeshift Midfielder from 1993 until 2008 for Tranmere Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Grimsby Town. In 2008 after retiring from the playing side of the game he was appointed assistant manager of Colwyn Bay, a position he held until the end of the 2009-10 season when he took up a similar role at Chester.
Gary Jones started his career as a trainee at Tranmere Rovers in 1993, and he was a commanding force for the club, which in turn saw him move to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2000. Whilst at Tranmere he played in the 2000 Football League Cup Final. However, after playing only a brief role in first team affairs at Forest, he re-joined Tranmere in 2002, initially on loan before he made the move permanent. Jones once again played a vital part in the Rovers squad, and remained a regular at Prenton Park until he was released in June 2005. He joined Grimsby Town on trial a month later and after a slow start to the 2005-06 season, due to lack of fitness, Gary provided vital goals in Grimsby's ultimately unsuccessful promotion push. He was leading goal scorer with 17 goals in all competitions and formed a very effective partnership with Michael Reddy who scored 14 goals. He was seemingly going to miss the playoff final due to a 90th minute red card in the second leg of the semi final, but this was rescinded on appeal.
He signed a new one-year deal at Grimsby Town in the summer of 2007. He enjoyed a great rapport with the fans, and his whole-hearted displays made him a big favourite. He played most of the 2007/08 season with an injury (including an appearance as a substitute at Wembley as Grimsby lost out to MK Dons in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final). Jones underwent surgery to improve his troublesome injury, but left Grimsby due to family reasons and then eventually retired.
On 24 September 2008, it was announced that Jones was the new assistant manager at Colwyn Bay Football Club. On 21 May 2010 he returned to his home town and was appointed assistant manager of Chester the new club who were formed out of the liquidation of Chester City.
In January 2014 he was appointed caretaker manager of Chester following the departure of Neil Young.
- 2006 Play off semi final, 2nd leg - Match Report at Telegraph.co.uk
- Successful Appeal - news.bbc.co.uk