Linden Jones

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Linden Jones
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-03-05) 5 March 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth New Tredegar, Wales
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Cardiff City 145 (2)
1983–1987 Newport County 141 (6)
1987–1992 Reading 152 (8)
1992–1996 Newport County 147 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

For the Welsh cricketer see Lyndon Jones.

Linden Jones (born 5 March 1961) is a former Welsh professional footballer.

Club career[edit]

Jones was born in New Tredegar, Monmouthshire. He began his career at Cardiff City joining them as an apprentice at the age of sixteen. He made his début on 24 February 1979 in a 1–0 victory over Leyton Orient at the age of seventeen. Four days later on 28 February he became the youngest player ever to be sent off playing for Cardiff when he was red carded during a 4–1 win over Blackburn Rovers. He became an important player for the club over the next few years especially during the 1982–83 season when he helped them to promotion.

In September 1983, Jones left the club as part of a remarkable exchange deal between Cardiff and Newport County. Nigel Vaughan and Karl Elsey joined the Bluebirds and Jones, along with John Lewis and Tarki Micallef, moved to Somerton Park in return. He was a regular for Newport until the club began suffering financial difficulties and he was allowed to join Reading. He eventually left the club in 1992 and moved into non-league football before fully retiring in 1996, at the age of 36, due to a severe knee injury.

In March 2002 he joined Swansea City as their football in the community manager.[1] He also holds a UEFA A coaching licence and, along with FAW disability officer Jamie Clewer, helped form the Swansea VIPs (Visually Impaired Players) a team for blind or partially sighted players.[2]

International career[edit]

Jones played several times for the Wales U21 squad but never went on to gain a cap at senior level, despite being called up to the squad on occasions.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where are they now?" rfc1871 Retrieved on 17 March 2008
  2. ^ "Football team for blinds wants opponents" Western Mail Retrieved on 17 March 2008
  3. ^ "Linden Jones on coaching & health" BBC Retrieved on 17 March 2008