Miguel Jones

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Miguel Jones
Personal information
Full name Miguel Jones Castillo
Date of birth (1938-10-27) 27 October 1938 (age 79)
Place of birth Santa Isabel, Spanish Guinea
(now Malabo, Equatorial Guinea)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956 Barakaldo 15 (4)
1956–1959 Indautxu 56 (24)
1959–1967 Atlético Madrid 80 (28)
1967–1968 Osasuna 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2006.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2006

Miguel Jones Castillo (born Santa Isabel, Fernando Poo, 27 October 1938) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a midfielder for SD Indautxu and Atlético Madrid during the 1950s and 1960s.

Although born in Spanish Guinea, now known as Equatorial Guinea, Jones grew up in Bilbao. He began his career with local sides Barakaldo[1] and Indautxu,[2] where his teammates included the veteran Lezama and another emerging young player, Jesús María Pereda. Jones and Pereda, and later a third Indautxu player, José Eulogio Gárate, were all controversially rejected by Athletic Bilbao because of their birthplaces.

Jones eventually joined Atlético Madrid where under coach José Villalonga he was a prominent member of an Atlético team that also included Enrique Collar and Adelardo. He played in two successive Copa del Generalísimo finals for Atlético against Real Madrid in 1960 and 1961. Atlético won on both occasions and in the 1960 final Jones scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory. He made a third appearance in a Copa final in 1964 as Atlético lost 2-1 to Real Zaragoza. Jones also played for Atlético in two successive European Cup Winners Cup finals in 1962 and 1963. He scored again in the 1962 final as Atlético beat AC Fiorentina 3-0 after a replay but finished on the losing side when they lost 5-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in 1963. He also won a La Liga title with Atlético in 1966.

In October 1967, Jones was signed for a season with Osasuna, his last club.[3][4]

After retiring as a player he returned to live in Bilbao and served as a director at SD Indautxu. Along with other players such as Pereda, Gárate and Benjamín Zarandona he has been cited by critics of Athletic's cantera policy as evidence that the policy is exclusivist.[citation needed] Jones is a friend of Luis Aragonés and when Aragones was accused of racism in 2004, he cited his friendship with Jones as proof that he wasn't.



  1. ^ "Jugadores de 1ª - Jones" [1st Division players - Jones] (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-08-06. Al no poder intercalar en las filas del Athletic, muy a pesar de la labor de Antón Gorostiaga, Secretario del Club y amigo estudiantil de Jones, recaló inmediatamente en las filas del Barakaldo, recomendado por Daucik. 
  2. ^ http://www.indautxusd.com/historicoficha.php?cod=1&cod_jug=294
  3. ^ "Jones fichó por el Osasuna" [Jones signed for Osasuna] (in Spanish). ABC. 1967-10-19. Retrieved 2011-08-06. Ultimado el ventajoso fichaje de Miguel Jones por el Osasuna de Pamplona -900.000 pesetas por una temporada-. 
  4. ^ "Miguel Jones, que estudió en Lekaroz y jugó en Osasuna" [Miguel Jones, who studied in Lekaroz and played in Osasuna] (in Spanish). Noticias de Navarra. 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2011-08-06. Por cierto que, muchos lo recordarán, acabó su vida deportiva en Osasuna fichado (un millón de pesetas, más sueldo y primas) por Félix Martialay, y aún luego fue 15 años directivo del Indautxu, en Vizcaya, donde reside en Bilbao. [permanent dead link]

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