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Joey Jones

Joey Jones

Birthdate: 4 March 1955
Birthplace: Bangor, Wales
Other clubs: Wrexham (1971-75), Wrexham (2 / 1978-82), Chelsea (1982-85), Huddersfield Town (1985-87), Wrexham (3 / 1987-92)
Bought from: Wrexham
Signed for LFC: £110,000, 14.07.1975
International debut: 19.11.1975 vs. Austria
International caps: 72/1 (18/0 at LFC) - 20.05.1986
Liverpool debut: 16.08.1975
Last appearance: 07.01.1978
Debut goal: 09.11.1976
Last goal: 19.02.1977
Contract expiry: 18.10.1978
Win ratio: 54% W:54 D:26 L:20
Honours: League Championship 1976/77; European Cup 1977, 1978; UEFA Cup 1976
LFC league games/goals: 72 / 3
Total LFC games/goals: 100 / 3

Player profile

An enthusiastic and tough-tackling left-back whose uncompromising style quickly endeared him to the Liverpool crowd. The charismatic Welshman whose mother was from Dingle in Liverpool became a 'cult figure' on the Kop even though he only actually played for the club during three different seasons. Wrexham manager John Neal was furious when Jones was sold to Liverpool: "The directors went over my head. Now I’ll have to consider if I have any future with the club.” The former self-confessed youth delinquent was 20 years old when Bob Paisley signed him in the summer of 1975 and still a bit "raw". Even though Jones started the season as first-choice he only appeared in 13 first division matches in total that campaign as the gulf in class between the Third Division he left behind and the First Division became too apparent in his performance. The left-back role was also covered by Phil Neal and Alec Lindsay in 1975/76 but a year later Jones had established himself in the first team and only missed three of the 42 League fixtures. His exploits on the road to victory in the European Cup in 1977 were immortalised in a banner that read: "JOEY ATE THE FROGS LEGS, MADE THE SWISS ROLL, NOW HES MUNCHING GLADBACH". Only Manchester United's victory in the FA Cup final prevented it from being possibly the greatest-ever season in the club's history. However, the European victory seemed to be the beginning of the end for Jones who lost his place in the team in January the following season to the ageing but still dependable Tommy Smith.

Jones admits to being like a madman on the pitch but he never shirked a challenge. A clenched fist towards the Kop when Jones ran onto the field became his trademark and got the crowd going, but he got in serious trouble at other clubs when displaying the same passion. He was accused of "inciting riots" and was arrested twice when playing for Chelsea; at Derby County and at Newcastle.

Jones eventually rejoined Wrexham and later had spells at Chelsea and Huddersfield. He finally returned to his first club for a second time before the 1987/88 season and when his playing career ended, he has continued to work at the Racecourse Ground as a coach with the same enthusiasm that he had always displayed as a player. Jones was 'capped' over 70 times by his country and he is still fondly remembered by Liverpool fans as one of the most colourful characters ever to pull on the famous red shirt. "To be honest, I couldn't believe it when Liverpool came in for me in 1975. I had three great years and while I was never one of the household names like Keegan, Clemence, Hughes or Smith, I always had a good rapport with the fans. I think they knew that deep down, I was just one of them."

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 72 9 4 13 2 100
1975-1976 13 0 0 1 0 14
1976-1977 39 8 2 9 1 59
1977-1978 20 1 2 3 1 27
1978-1979 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Middlesbrough
6 Manchester United
5 Derby
5 Newcastle United
5 Everton
4 WBA
4 QPR
4 Arsenal
4 Ipswich Town
4 Coventry City
4 Leeds United
3 Aston Villa
3 Chelsea
3 Manchester City
3 West Ham United
3 Birmingham City
3 Tottenham
3 Leicester City
2 Dyn. Dresden
2 Crusaders
2 Trabzonspor
2 Saint-Étienne
2 Zurich
2 Crystal Palace
2 Bristol City
2 Stoke City
2 Sunderland
1 Southampton
1 Norwich City
1 Nottingham Forest
1 Oldham Athletic
1 Hibernian
1 Carlisle United
1 Burnley
1 Wolves
1 Gladbach
1 Hamburg SV
Total Started/substitutions
100 Started
16 On the bench
0 Substitute
4 Substituted
Total Competition
72 League
11 European Cup
9 FA Cup
4 League Cup
2 Charity Shield
1 European Super Cup
1 UEFA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 3 0 0 0 0 3
1975-1976 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976-1977 3 0 0 0 0 3
1977-1978 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978-1979 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Bristol City
1 Derby
1 Leicester City
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
3 League
Total Goal minute period
2 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
3 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 16.08.1975 QPR Loftus Road League
50 19.02.1977 Derby Anfield League
100 07.01.1978 Chelsea Stamford Bridge FA Cup

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 72 09.11.1976 Leicester City Anfield League

Related Articles

Joey Jones - Shakes his fist

LFChistory.net had a very entertaining talk with the one and only Joey Jones, who was a cult hero at Liverpool for three years.More

Chelsea hand out the punishment

Daily Mail report on Chelsea – Liverpool 4-2 on 9 January 1978.More

Goodbye Joey!

An article from the Liverpool Echo on 19 October 1978.More

Related Quotes

"I've always been a Liverpool fan and cheered them on from the Kop for years. I thought that was the closest I'd get to playing at Anfield - until one year Wrexham played Liverpool in the Youth Cup. <br><br> We drew at our place and I thought 'fantastic, the replay will be at Anfield'. Instead, the game was switched back to Wrexham because Liverpool had a league game... and we ended up getting beaten! <br><br> To be honest, I couldn't believe it when Liverpool came in for me in 1975. Talk about a dream come true! <br><br> I had three great years and while I was never one of the household names like Keegan, Clemence, Hughes or Smith, I always had a good rapport with the fans. I think they knew that deep down, I was just one of them."

Joey Jones

"I asked Phil Neal and Ray Clemence if they got telegrams from the boss when they were on international duty. Phil said they did, with the message ‘Good luck’. I told them the boss sent them to me when I was away with Wales. The message he put on was, ‘Keep out of trouble’."

Joey Jones

"It was during the close season and I'd gone fishing with a couple of mates from Llandudno. We were making our way back to shore after catching a couple of fish when I saw my dad standing on the beach waving his arms. I thought something was wrong at home but when he told me Wrexham had phoned to say Liverpool wanted to sign me I almost fell back into the sea."

Joey Jones on when he discovered Liverpool wanted to buy him

"Joey just loves to be happy and gets enthusiastic about the slightest thing. He’s just the sort of player every team need, because he’ll make you forget those tensions with one of his terrible jokes. He makes a joke about anything and everything."

Ray Clemence on Joey Jones in 1977

"I love Joey Jones. Always remember him dancing in a middle of a game when we were singing his name."

Kopites remember Joey Jones

The fist. The forearm. The tattoo. The tackles. The banner. They add up to greatness. A limited left back whose challenges often had a lunatic edge, Jones would race out the tunnel before the match and sprint towards the Kop waving a clenched fist to signal his determination. The entire Kop would return the salute. And then there is the banner. 'Joey ate the frog's legs, made the Swiss roll and now he's munchin Gladbach.'

Tony Evans from Times online on Joey Jones

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