Paul Jones (footballer, born 1986)
Jones playing for Peterborough United in 2011
|Full name||Paul Jones|
|Date of birth||28 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Maidstone, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2004–2005||→ Exeter City (loan)||23||(0)|
|2011||→ Peterborough United (loan)||1||(0)|
|2016||→ Crawley Town (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:54, 26 April 2016 (UTC).
Charlton Athletic and Leyton Orient Youth
Born in Maidstone, Kent, Jones began his career with the youth system of Charlton Athletic in 2001 before signing for Leyton Orient's youth system in 2002. Despite never breaking into their first team, Jones was thought highly of by then youth coach Alex Inglethorpe.
When Alex Inglethorpe was appointed manager of Conference side Exeter City in Autumn 2004, one of his first moves was to bring Paul Jones in on loan. Arriving part way through the 2004–05 season, Jones quickly established himself as City's first choice keeper, making 23 appearances. On 1 July 2005, Inglethorpe acquired Jones from Orient, and signed him to a permanent deal. At the end of the 2005–06 season, Inglethorpe left Exeter and was replaced by new manager Paul Tisdale. During the pre-season, Jones was forced to compete for his spot with then backup keeper, and former Exeter youth trainee Martin Rice. Days prior to Exeter's first match of the season, Tisdale selected Rice as his first choice keeper. Jones then became Exeter's second choice keeper. He returned to the first-team for the 2007 Conference playoff final, in which he saved a penalty – becoming the first person to do so at the new Wembley Stadium. Exeter failed to win the final though and during the next season, Jones figured mostly as an understudy to Rice's replacement Andy Marriott. He was chosen in the first team again for the play-offs and this time, Exeter managed to win the final at Wembley, with Jones keeping a clean sheet. In the 2008–09 season he played in all 46 League Two matches for Exeter City. Also he won the 2008–09 player of the season award for Exeter City after many stunning performances in goal throughout the season.
On 31 January 2011 Jones joined Peterborough United on loan until the end of the 2010–11.season. He made the move permanent by signing an initial one-year contract on 24 June 2011 to join on a free transfer. He found himself picked as first choice keeper for the majority of the season, as a result Peterborough offered him a new contract but he rejected it.
On 26 May 2012, it was confirmed that Jones had signed for newly promoted League One side Crawley Town. He made his debut on 14 August, starting in a League Cup match against Championship side Millwall which ended 2–2, with Crawley winning on penalties by 4–1, and Jones saving two penalties in the shoot-out. After two seasons in League One with Crawley, he was released by at the end of the 2013–14 season. He made 92 league appearances in a Red Devils shirt
In June 2014 Jones signed for League Two club Portsmouth on a three-year deal. He was manager Andy Awford's first signing as Pompey boss and was the only keeper at Fratton Park when joining, after Trevor Carson's loan expired, whilst both John Sullivan and Phil Smith were released.
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- "Jones rejects Posh offer". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- "Millwall 2–2 Crawley (1–4 pens)". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012.
- "Crawley Town: Paul Jones among 11 released by League One club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- Weld, Neil (4 June 2014). "Jones pens Pompey deal". Portsmouth F.C. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- "Look who's back!". Crawley Town FC. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.