13 January 2007

Jimmy Jones

Name: James Jones
Born: 25 July 1928, Keady
Died: 13 February 2014
Height: 5.09½ st
Weight: 13.10 st
Position: Centre-Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 3 Full Caps/1 Goal (1956/57); Irish League: 17 Caps/11 Goals (1948-1959).
Club Honours: (with Belfast Celtic) Irish League Champion 1947/48; City Cup Winner 1947/48, 1948/49; Gold Cup Winner 1947/48; (with Glenavon) Irish League Champion 1951/52, 1956/57, 1959/60; Irish Cup Winner 1956/57, 1958/59, 1960/61, Runner-Up 1954/55; City Cup Winner 1954/55, 1955/56, 1960/61; Gold Cup Winner 1953/54, 1955/56; Ulster Cup Winner 1954/55, 1958/59; (with Newry) Mid-Ulster Cup Winner 1964/65.
Awards: Football For All Unsung Hero Award 2009; NIFWA Hall of Fame Member 2011.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Europe
Other
Sunnyside
(Lurgan)
-
Youth
-
-
-
-
Glenavon
-
-
-
0/  0
-
-
-
Linfield
-
-
Trial
0/  0
-
-
-
Shankill.Young.Men
(Lurgan)
-45
Amateur
-
-
-
-
Belfast Celtic
47/48-48/49
-46
-
29/ 37
/ 6
-
/ 53
Larne
-
-
-
0/  0
-
-
-
Fulham
-
-51
£3,000
0/  0
-
-
-
Glenavon
51/52-61/62
-51
-
222/275
/35
4/1
-
Portadown
62/63
c/s-62
£500
19/  8
1/ 0
2/1
6/  5
Bangor
63/64
c/s-63
-
20/ 12
/ 2
-
-
Newry Town
64/65
c/s-64
-
(Irish League B Division)
TOTALS
-
£-
285/332
/43
6/2
/

League Appearances/Goals by Season
1947/48 Belfast Celtic 22/25
1948/49 Belfast Celtic. 7/12
1951/52 Glenavon...... 22/29
1952/53 Glenavon...... 21/29
1953/54 Glenavon...... 21/32
1954/55 Glenavon...... 18/17
1955/56 Glenavon...... 18/27
1956/57 Glenavon...... 22/33
1957/58 Glenavon...... 20/23
1958/59 Glenavon...... 22/27
1959/60 Glenavon...... 21/28
1960/61 Glenavon...... 17/12
1961/62 Glenavon...... 20/18
1962/63 Portadown..... 14/ 8
1963/64 Bangor........ 20/12


Biography:
Jimmy Jones was the victim in one of the most shameful incidents in Irish League history. Following an ill-tempered Belfast Celtic-Linfield derby he was pushed over a wall by rampaging fans. The resultant broken leg ruled him out of football for over two years leaving him with one leg shorter than the other, and in the fall-out Belfast Celtic withdrew from the Irish League.

Jones returned to the playing field with Glenavon in 1951, his goals aiding them to the most successful period in their history. He still stands as the highest goalscorer in the history of the Irish game, his total of 646 domestic career goals unlikely to ever be surpassed. Amazingly it could still be asked: What might have been had he not been so brutally attacked on 27th December 1948?


More to follow.

Belfast Celtic Bio
Independent.ie
UEFA
Lurgan Mail
Irish FA 
Independent Obituary

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
11-04-1956 Wales... A D 1-1 BC 1 Goal
06-10-1956 England. H D 1-1 BC
10-04-1957 Wales... H D 0-0 BC

Summary: 3/1. Won 0, Drew 3, Lost 0.


Irish League Representative Match Details:
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2 comments:

the_red_warrior said...

Jimmy's stats with Portadown

League 19 games 8 goals
City Cup 6 games 5 goals
Europe 2 games 1 goal
Irish Cup 1 game 0 goals

Total 28 games 14 goals

Trevor Clydesdale said...

Transferred from Glenavon to Portadown for £500

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