Players - Paul Jones

Paul Jones
Birthdate: 18 April 1967
Birthplace: Chirk, Wales
Other clubs: Kidderminster Harriers (1986-91), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1991-96), Stockport County (1996-97), Southampton (1997-2004), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2 / 2004-06), Watford (loan 2004-05), Millwall (loan 2005), Queens Park Rangers (2006-07), Bognor Regis Town (2007)
Bought from: Southampton
Signed for LFC: on loan, 09.01.2004
International debut: 27.05.1997 vs. Scotland
International caps: 50/0 - 07.10.2006
Liverpool debut: 10.01.2004
Last appearance: 17.01.2004
Contract expiry: 28.01.2004
Win ratio: 50% W:1 D:0 L:1
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 13 / 0
League games / goals / assists: 2 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 2 / 0 / 0

Player Profile

An experienced Premiership goalkeeper loaned from Southampton through January 2004 as Kirkland and Dudek were both on the injury list. The oldest player to make his debut for Liverpool since World War II, 36 years, eight months and 23 days old. Jones kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa at Anfield but conceded two goals in his second and final game at White Hart Lane. Funnily enough Jones turned up for Liverpool "Legends" team in 2012 as it toured Thailand.

"I was a fanatical Liverpool supporter growing up and I still am a fan today," Jones told in 2012. "Everyone in north Wales supported Liverpool when I was younger so to get the chance to emulate my boyhood hero Ray Clemence and play in goal for Liverpool was a real dream come true. I'd never touched the This is Anfield sign when I was an opposition player - I think that tradition should be reserved for Liverpool players - so to get to touch it and know that I was touching it as a Liverpool player meant everything."

After his loan spell at Liverpool, Jones played for Wolves, Millwall, Watford, QPR and Bognor Regis Town before retiring in 2008 and joining Southampton's youth caching set up.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 0 0 2
2003-2004 2 0 0 0 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
1 Aston Villa
1 Tottenham
Total Started/substitutions
2 Started
2 On the bench
0 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
2 Premier League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 10.01.2004 Aston Villa Anfield League
Related Quotes

"Call me strange, but to my mind Paul Jones is one of the most exciting signings Liverpool FC have made for many years. Don't get me wrong, I hope he's only with us for a few weeks, because I wish Jerzy and Chris, two World Class keepers, speedy recoveries and returns to first team action. But Paul's signing is that all-too-rare occurrence, a really inspiring Roy of the Rovers story. There he is, making his debut for the team he loved as a boy and has always followed affectionately, at the age of 36 years .... and three quarters!! I wonder if Liverpool FC have ever had an older debutant? In the war years, perhaps, when they'd take any old pro who happened to be passing through Liverpool - but that doesn't count! (Editor's note: only one other player has been an older debutant for the Reds - Ted Doig, another keeper, at the age of 37 years 10 months back in 1904)

What's more, this story has happened like the best Boys' Own stories, out of the blue, a final chance for a dream come true, due to a freak series of events which could not have been predicted even 24 hours before Paul's arrival at Melwood on Thursday. Great stuff. He was about to sign a longer contract, doubtless more lucrative, with another premiership club when the call came. Or at least that's how he told it on Friday when he signed, but I wonder whether in fact it was Jones who made the first contact with Liverpool, through his agent, as soon as the extent of Dudek's injury became apparent? Personally I'd like to think so.

So anyway, wasn't it brilliant that Jones got a great reception from the Kop, communicated well with his defenders (burning Igor's eardrums - deservedly - a few times), commanded his box and made a couple of fine saves ... and kept a very encouraging first clean sheet on his debut... because let's face it, the omens for that weren't great."

Internet scribe Nigel Shaw on Paul Jones

Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Kidderminster Harriers 1986-1991 Conference 242 0 242 0
Wolves 1992-1993 England Second Division 16 0 17 0
Wolves 1993-1994 England First Division 0 0 0 0
Wolves 1994-1995 England First Division 9 0 13 0
Wolves 1995-1996 England First Division 8 0 10 0
Stockport County 1996-1997 England Second Division 46 0 59 0
Southampton 1997-1998 England Premier League 38 0 43 0
Southampton 1998-1999 England Premier League 31 0 35 0
Southampton 1999-2000 England Premier League 31 0 37 0
Southampton 2000-2001 England Premier League 35 0 42 0
Southampton 2001-2002 England Premier League 36 0 40 0
Southampton 2002-2003 England Premier League 14 0 16 0
Southampton 2003-2004 England Premier League 8 0 11 0
Wolves 2003-2004 England Premier League 16 0 16 0
Wolves 2004-2005 England Championship 10 0 10 0
Watford 2004-2005 England Championship 9 0 11 0
Millwall 2005-2006 England Championship 3 0 4 0
QPR 2005-2006 England Championship 14 0 14 0
QPR 2006-2007 England Championship 12 0 12 0
Bognor Regis Town 2007-2008 Conference South N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 578 0 632 0