Jack Jones (footballer, born 1869)
|Full name||John Leonard Jones|
|Date of birth||1869|
|Place of birth||Rhuddlan, Wales|
|Date of death||24 November 1931|
|Place of death||Sunderland, England|
|Playing position||Outside left|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
John Leonard "Jack" Jones (1869 – 24 November 1931) was a Welsh professional footballer and amateur cricketer. He played football for Bootle, Stockton, Grimsby Town, Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Worcester City. Jones also played cricket for Stockton Cricket Club and Sheffield United Cricket Club. Born in Rhuddlan, he represented Wales on 21 occasions.
Jones began his career with Bootle, having grown up in the area. On moving to Stockton in 1890, Jones turned professional and also played cricket for Stockton Cricket Club during the summer months. When Stockton resumed amateur status in 1893, Jones moved to Grimsby Town, for whom he made his Football League debut in September 1893, remaining ever present for the remainder of the season.
In May 1894, Jones transferred to Sheffield United, in part to play for the affiliated Sheffield United Cricket Club that summer. When the football season opened in September 1894, Jones made his footballing debut for the club against West Bromwich Albion and scored on each of his first two outings. Despite a promising start Jones was felt not to lack pace and spent much of his time playing in United's reserves, filling in for various positions on the first team when needed.
After three seasons, Jones joined Tottenham Hotspur in May 1897, but as Spurs were not members of the Football League they did not have to pay a transfer fee to United, much to the annoyance of their directors. Playing principally in the outside left position for his new club, Jones became a mainstay of the first-team for seven seasons, becoming club captain and skippering the 1901 FA Cup Final winning side, ironically beating his former club, Sheffield United.
Club secretary of Sheffield United, Joseph Wostinholm, arranged for Jones to take up a summer coaching position with Rugby School shortly before he left the club, adding to his former employers annoyance at his departure. Jones continued to coach both cricket and football at the school whilst playing for Tottenham Hotspur. Following his retirement from playing football, Jones coached both games in Leinster, Ireland and later in South Africa. In 1923, Jones returned to England and became coach and groundsman at Whitburn Cricket Club in Durham. Jones later worked as a pattern maker but died after falling down a stairwell while at work and sustaining fatal head injuries in 1931, aged 62.