Ken Jones (footballer, born 1936)

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Ken Jones
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Jones
Date of birth (1936-01-02)2 January 1936
Place of birth Aberdare, Wales
Date of death 18 January 2013(2013-01-18) (aged 77)[1]
Place of death Stoke-on-Trent, England
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1958 Cardiff City 24 (0)
1958–1964 Scunthorpe United 168 (0)
1964–1966 Charlton Athletic 25 (0)
1966–1967 Exeter City 17 (0)
1967–1970 Yeovil Town ? (0)
Total 234+ (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kenneth "Ken" Jones (2 January 1936 – 18 January 2013[1]) was a Welsh professional footballer. A goalkeeper, he was part of the Wales squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.[2]


Jones began his career at Cardiff City, developing a reputation for his long goal kicks which would often reach the opposition goal. After losing his place in the first team to Ron Nicholls, he moved to Scunthorpe United in December 1958 where he went on to spend the majority of his career at the club.[3] In 1959, while still a Scunthorpe player, he received a single vote for the Ballon d'Or, the prize for the best footballer in Europe. After leaving the club in 1964 he had spells at Charlton Athletic, Exeter City before moving into non-league with Yeovil Town. During one match for Yeovil in 1968, he was once substituted after conceding 5 goals in 11 minutes.[4]

In November 2009, Jones was honoured with a long service award by the Football Association of Wales.[5]

Jones died at the age of 77 on 18 January 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ken Jones - 'the best keeper Scunthorpe United have ever had' - dies aged 77". This is Scunthorpe. 8 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Top award for Swansea City's Ashley Williams". Western Mail. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  3. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 103. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  4. ^ The Official Yeovil Town Quiz Book (Apex Publishing, 2009). Compiled by Chris Cowlin, Kevin Snelgrove and Peter Miles.
  5. ^ "Williams takes top Welsh awards". BBC Sport. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009.