Sophie Jones

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Sophie Jones
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Personal information
Full name Sophie Jones
Date of birth (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Liverpool
2012–2014 Preston North End
2014–2016 Blackburn Rovers
2016–2017 Sheffield 6 (1)
2018–2019 Sheffield United 8 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2019

Sophie Jones (born 3 January 1992) is an English former professional women's football player. The forward started her career with Liverpool and moved on to Preston North End Ladies. After a single season with the club, Jones moved to Blackburn Rovers Ladies, where she scored 14 goals in only 20 appearances in her final season. Jones joined Sheffield FC in July 2016. Following a season with the team, Jones then joined cross-town rivals Sheffield United, playing with the club in their first season in the FA Women's Championship.

Football[edit]

Jones is a forward, who wears number 8.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Jones started top flight football with the Preston North End Ladies, where she played for a single season.[2][3]

She then moved to the Blackburn Rovers Ladies, where she scored 14 goals in only 20 appearances over two season.[2][3] In October 2014, Jones participated in the Lancashire County Cup. She scored in the Rovers's win against Preston North End.[4] In 2015, she played with the Rovers in the FA Women's Premier League Cup. In the first round 4–2 victory against Huddersfield Town, Jones scored a goal in extra time to send her team through to the next round.[5] In October 2015, her team had put together a 4-game winning streak. The fourth match was against Guiseley Vixens, with Jones scoring a pair of goals in her team's 5–0 win.[6]

Jones joined Sheffield FC in July 2016.[2][7] She said of the transfer, “I’m very happy to sign for such great club, with one with a great history in women’s football. This is an exciting time for myself to start a new challenge, and to hopefully help the team achieve success in the FA WSL 2.”[7]

Jones then played for Sheffield United.[2] The team was in the first division for the first time for the 2018–2019 season.[8] The team's first win of the season was against Aston Villa, where Jones contributed 3 goals in their 4–1 victory.[8] In December 2018, her team played Millwall Lionesses in a FA Women's Championship match. Jones scored the only goal in her team's 1–1 draw ten minutes into the second half.[9] In another match in December 2018, her team lost 5–1 to Aston Villa. Jones scored the only goal of the game on a penalty kick.[10]

In 2019, Jones was charged with violating FA rule E3 [1] and E3 [2] by England's Football Association after a four-week investigation.[11] The incident occurred on 6 January against Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 away win in an FA Women's Championship match, with the charge occurring in February 2019.[11][12] After the match, Renée Hector alleged to officials that an unknown United player made monkey noises at her. Spurs then reported the incident to the Football Association.[11] Jones had until 15 February to respond.[12] Sheffield United indicated that they had co-operated with the FA's investigation and would deny the charges at a forthcoming disciplinary hearing.[13]

As a result of the investigation, Jones was banned for five games by the Football Association for racial abuse.[14] Following the ban, by mutual consent, Sophie Jones left Sheffield United.[15] She later stated that she was quitting football, saying she was "unable to play under an organisation that I do not have any confidence in".[16]

Personal[edit]

She was born in Liverpool, England.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sophie Jones". Sheffield F.C. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Sophie Jones - Forward - First Team - Sheffield United". Sheffield United. 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c O'Neill, Jen (30 June 2016). "Sheffield FC Sign Sophie Jones". She Kicks Women's Football Magazine. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  4. ^ "County Cup joy for PNE women". Lancashire Evening Post. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Sophie Jones the extra-time star as Blackburn Rovers Ladies progress". Lancashire Telegraph. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Blackburn Rovers Ladies aim to make it five wins on spin". This Is Lancashire. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b O'Neill, Jen (26 July 2016). "Transfer Talk". She Kicks Women's Football Magazine. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Women's Football: Three top performers from the weekend". Yahoo Sport UK. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  9. ^ Baker, Luke (2 December 2018). "Millwall Lionesses 1 Sheffield United Women 1: Sophie Jones' equaliser earns point for Blades at Princes Park". The Star. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  10. ^ Hall, Danny (10 December 2018). "Sheffield United: 'Cause for concern' for women's coach Mark Smith after 5-1 defeat at Aston Villa". Sheffield Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Ingle, Sean (7 February 2019). "Sheffield United Women's Sophie Jones charged with racially abusing opponent". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  12. ^ a b Whyatt, Katie (7 February 2019). "Sheffield United Women's Sophie Jones charged by FA with racial abuse". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  13. ^ Magowan, Alistair (18 February 2019). "Sophie Jones: Sheffield United Women to contest racism charge against forward". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  14. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47641064
  15. ^ Ingle, Sean (2019-03-20). "Sophie Jones banned for racial abuse and leaves Sheffield United". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  16. ^ "Renee Hector 'sank into depression' after online abuse following racism case". BBC Sport. 14 August 2019.

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