Rhonda Jones

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Rhonda Jones
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Personal information
Date of birth (1979-03-30) 30 March 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 3
Youth career
Motherwell Rovers[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Ayr United Ladies
2000–2004 Florida Atlantic Owls
2005 Central Florida Krush
2006 Cocoa Expos
2008 Tampa Bay Hellenic
2008–2011 Hibernian Ladies
2011 Doncaster Rovers Belles 6 (0)
2011– Celtic 38 (6)
National team
1998– Scotland[2] 117 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:50, 7 November 2013 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:50, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Rhonda Jones (Born 30 March 1979) is a Scottish association football defender who plays for Celtic women's team. Previously Jones captained Hibernian Ladies in Edinburgh and featured for English FA WSL club Doncaster Rovers Belles. She has amassed a century of caps for the Scotland national team. A right–back or central defender,[3] Jones also played for Tampa Bay Hellenic in the United States.[1]

Club career[edit]

Jones played youth football with Motherwell Rovers then joined Ayr United Ladies at 16. In five years at Ayr, Jones won various Player of the Year awards, including SWPL Player of the Year, as well as the Scottish Cup in 1999.[3] At the age of 21 Jones won a scholarship to Florida Atlantic University and competed for the Division 1 soccer team while completing a degree in graphic design. She became the most decorated athlete in the history of FAU's women's soccer program and won a place in the University Athlete Hall of Fame in 2009.[4]

At the culmination of her studies Jones remained in America and played for semi-professional W-League clubs Central Florida Krush, Cocoa Expos and Tampa Bay Hellenic.[3] She returned home to sign for Hibernian Ladies in September 2008,[2] and captained the club to their 2010 Scottish Cup final win at Recreation Park.[5] In May 2011 Jones appeared as a second–half substitute in Hibernian's 5–2 Scottish Women's Premier League Cup final win over Spartans.[6]

Scottish coach John Buckley signed Jones for Doncaster Rovers Belles in July 2011, for the second half of the 2011 FA WSL season.[7]

Jones has now put pen to paper with Celtic for the 2012 season.

International career[edit]

Jim Fleeting called Jones into the senior Scotland squad at the age of 18, after spotting her playing for Ayr United. She made her debut against Estonia at Somerset Park in May 1998.[8] In the semi final of the Albena Cup in April 1999, she scored Scotland's equalising goal against North Korea.[9] Jones did not play for Scotland for four years while at University in America, but scored on her return to the team in September 2004. She headed in Suzanne Grant's corner in the last minute to give Scotland a 3–2 EURO 2005 qualifying win over Czech Republic at Victoria Park, Dingwall.[10]

Jones reached the milestone of fifty caps for Scotland in a UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying tie against Denmark at McDiarmid Park, Perth in October 2007.[11]

In December 2011 Jones was one of four Celtic women's team players to be approached about playing for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.[12]

With Scotland 1–0 down to Republic of Ireland in their April 2012 EURO 2013 qualifier at Tynecastle Stadium, Jones scored a late equaliser as the Scots came back to win 2–1.[13] The following month she made her 100th senior appearance for Scotland, in a 3–1 friendly win over Poland in Gdańsk.[14]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 17 April 1999 Varna  North Korea 1–1 Albena Cup 1
2 5 September 2004 Victoria Park, Dingwall  Czech Republic 3–2 2005 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
3 5 April 2012 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh  Republic of Ireland 2–1 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1
4 11 March 2013 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca  Italy 2–1 2013 Cyprus Cup 1

Personal life[edit]

Jones is employed as a sport development officer at Grangemouth Stadium and still lives in her hometown of Newarthill.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rhonda Jones". Youth Football Scotland. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Rhonda Jones - Women's A Squad". The Scottish FA. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rhonda Jones". Tampa Bay Hellenic. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Rhonda Jones". Florida Atlantic University. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Hibs ladies end Scottish Cup wait". Alloa Advertiser. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Five-star Hibs lift League Cup". Women's Soccer Scene. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Belles Strengthen Backline". Doncaster Rovers Belles. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Rhonda Jones: 75th cap!". Broughton Girls Footy. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  9. ^ "Women Reach Cup Final". Scottish Football Association. 1999-04-19. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  10. ^ Clark, Ginny (2004-09-08). "WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Scots left to sweat over their Euro fate". Daily Record. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  11. ^ "Scotland lose to Denmark". Spartans W.F.C. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Olympic approach for four Scottish women". BBC Sport. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  13. ^ "Scotland 2-1 Ireland". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  14. ^ "Scotland women decisive in Gdansk". Scottish Football Association. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  15. ^ Alan Campbell (2010-08-01). "Scots stars on why women's football is world's fastest-growing sport". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 

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