Lot Jones

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Billy "Lot" Jones
Personal information
Full name William Thomas Jones
Date of birth (1882-06-28)28 June 1882 (Baptism)
Place of birth Chirk, Wales
Date of death 13 July 1941(1941-07-13)
Place of death Chirk, Wales
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Chirk ??
Druids ??
1903–1919 Manchester City 281 (69)
Southend United ??
1921 Aberdare Athletic 18 (0)
1921 Wrexham 7 (2)
Oswestry Town ??
Chirk ??
National team
1905–1920 Wales 20 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Thomas Jones (Baptised 28 June 1882,[1] died 13 July 1941),[2] also known as William "Lot" Jones and Billy Lot Jones, was a Welsh footballer who played as a forward.

Jones was born in Chirk, Denbighshire, the son of Elizabeth Jones (1864–)[3] and grandson of Lot Jones (1831–), a coal miner[4] and labourer.[5] He was treated as a son of his grandfather, Lot. His biological uncle was the footballer, Di Jones. As a youth he worked as a pit miner[6] and was one of several footballers to emerge from the area around the start of the 20th century, along with Billy Meredith and George Wynn. He signed for Manchester City in January 1903 from Rushton Druids,[2] but did not establish himself immediately. He made only a single appearance in his first full season, scoring a goal in a 2–1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in April 1904,[7] and by the time he received his next opportunity he had been at the club for two years. From January 1905 until the end of the 1905–06 season Jones played in around half of his club's matches.

In the 1906 close season a financial scandal engulfed the club, resulting in the suspension of 17 senior players and several club officials, none of whom were permitted to play for the club once their suspensions ended. Jones was not implicated in the scandal, but with few experienced team-mates remaining, his team plunged from title contenders to relegation candidates. The first match after the suspensions was particularly eventful. Manchester City fielded five debutants against Woolwich Arsenal, in a match played in stifling heat.[8] The conditions caused several City men to collapse, and by half time only eight remained. Arsenal eased to a 4–1 win. By the final whistle Jones was one of only six Manchester City players left.[9] The following match was a club record 9–1 defeat at Everton, though over the course of the season enough points were gained to secure First Division survival. By now Jones was a first team regular. In 1906–07 he scored 11 goals in 27 league matches.[10] Playing at inside-left, Jones formed a lasting left sided partnership with Jimmy Conlin, backed up by Jimmy Blair at left-half.[11]

During a successful 1907–08 season in which Manchester City equalled their previous best of third in the league, Jones was given a benefit match. Middlesbrough provided the opposition, and Jones received £835 after expenses.[11] The following season Manchester City were relegated to the Second Division, though with Jones as captain they made an immediate return, winning the Second Division championship in 1910. This made Jones the second City captain (after Billy Meredith) to win a trophy.[12] He continued to play for Manchester City until competitive football ceased due to the First World War, at which point he volunteered for the 23rd (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, "Sportmen's Battalion"[13] When League football resumed in 1919, Jones was transferred to Southend United.

In total he played for Manchester City 301 times, and scored 76 goals between 1903 and 1914. He also won 20 caps and scored six goals for the Wales national football team.


  1. ^ Baptism Register, Chirk Parish Church, page 13
  2. ^ a b Penney, Ian (1995). The Maine Road Encyclopedia. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 105. ISBN 1-85158-710-1. 
  3. ^ Baptism Register, Trefonen Parish Church, page 18
  4. ^ British Census 1881 RG11; Piece: 2661; Folio: 85; Page: 18; GSU roll: 1341639.
  5. ^ British Census 1891 RG12; Piece: 2118; Folio: 176; Page: 27; GSU roll: 6097228.
  6. ^ British Census 1901 Class: RG13; Piece: 2546; Folio: 178; Page: 19.
  7. ^ James, Gary (2006). Manchester City – The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. p. 292. ISBN 1-85983-512-0. 
  8. ^ James, Manchester City – The Complete Record, p112
  9. ^ James, Manchester City – The Complete Record, p113
  10. ^ James, Manchester City – The Complete Record, p299
  11. ^ a b Ward, Andrew (1984). The Manchester City Story. Derby: Breedon. p. 15. ISBN 0-907969-05-4. 
  12. ^ "Club Records: Captains". Manchester City FC Match programme. 19 April 2009. 
  13. ^ Ward, Fred W., The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman's) A Record of its Services in the Great War, 1914-1919