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Joey Jones
Jones (background, behind Kevin Keegan) with Liverpool in 1977
Personal information
Full name Joseph Patrick Jones
Date of birth (1955-03-04) 4 March 1955 (age 69)
Place of birth Llandudno, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Position(s) Left-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Wrexham 98 (2)
1975–1978 Liverpool 72 (3)
1978–1982 Wrexham 146 (6)
1982–1985 Chelsea 78 (2)
1985–1987 Huddersfield Town 68 (3)
1987–1992 Wrexham 132 (11)
Total 594 (27)
International career
Wales U23 4 (0)
1975–1986 Wales[2] 72 (1)
Managerial career
2001 Wrexham (caretaker)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Joseph Patrick Jones (born 4 March 1955[3]) is a Welsh former footballer who played as a full-back.

Jones most notably played for Liverpool, with whom he won two European Cups.[4] He is also known for his long association with Wrexham, playing for the club in three separate stints, and has been involved in the coaching set-up on-and-off since the early 1990s, including a brief spell as caretaker manager in 2001.[5] Internationally, he represented Wales on 72 occasions from 1975 to 1986.

Club career[edit]


Jones was born in Llandudno, and joined Wrexham in 1971. He made his debut at the age of 17 in a Welsh Cup tie against local rivals Chester City; Wrexham lost 1–0. He did, however, win the Welsh Cup with the club in 1975, when they beat Cardiff City in the final. Jones established himself as a right-back and helped Wrexham to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1974, the first time the club had reached that stage.[6]


Jones left Wrexham to join his boyhood heroes, Liverpool (he had a Liverbird tattoo, which he later had removed for medical reasons, on his forearm),[citation needed] when Bob Paisley paid £110,000 for his services in July 1975.[7] He made his debut on 16 August in a 2–0 league defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.[8] He missed out on a league championship medal in 1975–76, as he did not play enough matches to qualify.[9]

In 1977, Jones was part of the treble-chasing Liverpool team which won the League championship and reached the finals of the FA Cup and European Cup.[9] Jones scored his first goal for the club on 9 November 1976 in the 5–1 league thrashing of Leicester City at Anfield.[8] The treble, unprecedented in English football, was not forthcoming. Liverpool lost 2–1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley to Manchester United, though Jones supplied the accurate long pass for Jimmy Case to score Liverpool's goal.[citation needed] However, Jones became the first Welshman to receive a European Cup winners medal when Liverpool won their first European Cup in Rome four days later, defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3–1.[8] A memorable banner was unfurled by Liverpool supporters at the European Cup final in Rome which said "Joey Ate The Frogs Legs, Made The Swiss Roll, Now He's Munching Gladbach".[9]

Jones was in and out of the side the following year, with the renaissance of Tommy Smith and the emergence of young Scottish defender Alan Hansen severely reducing his first team opportunities. He left in the summer of 1978 after exactly 100 appearances, in which he scored 3 goals.[9]

Return to Wrexham[edit]

He returned to Wrexham[9] in 1978 for £210,000, a record that stood as Wrexham's record signing, until the £300,000 signing of Ollie Palmer in January 2022.[10]


In 1982, Jones joined Chelsea for £34,000, having been signed by John Neal. Jones was sent off on his debut against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. However, Jones's committed attitude and pre-match fist-clenching ritual eventually made him a cult hero among the fans. He also proved instrumental in Chelsea's successful battle to avoid relegation to the Third Division. He was a part of the side which romped to promotion as Second Division champions in 1983–84. He remained with the club in the top flight for one more season, before surprisingly being sold to Huddersfield Town for £35,000 in August 1985. He finished his Chelsea career with 78 league appearances and 2 goals.[11]

Later career[edit]

He joined Huddersfield in the summer of 1985 from Chelsea, and was named Town's player of the year in his first season. After two seasons he left to re-join Wrexham,[6] where he retired at the end of the 1991–92 season.

International career[edit]

Joey made his Wales debut in November 1975 against Austria. He went on to win 72 caps, scoring one goal,[3] his last action coming in a friendly away to Canada in May 1986.

After retirement[edit]

Jones underwent cardiac surgery in 2002[12] and has since scaled down his commitments with Wrexham, where he worked as the Under 18's and Reserve team coach until his retirement in 2017.[13] He returned to the club in the position of youth team ambassador in 2021.[5] In 2001, he had a brief spell as caretaker manager between the departure of Brian Flynn and arrival of Denis Smith.[5]

In 2005, Jones completed his autobiography entitled Oh Joey, Joey! about his life in football. This was a book of the week on Sky Sports News in February 2006.

Also in 2005, Jones was named as Wrexham's ultimate Cult Hero on BBC's Football Focus. Jones is much respected by Liverpool supporters and he finished in 63rd place in the 2006 poll of all-time favourite Liverpool players (100 Players who shook the Kop). 110,000 fans worldwide had taken part in the vote.







  1. ^ Dunk, Peter, ed. (1987). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-356-14354-5.
  2. ^ Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando (20 February 2009). "Wales – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  3. ^ a b Joey Jones at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Transfer Database
  4. ^ "Every Welsh Player To Win The Champions League | Football Stories". 21 August 2023. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Henrys, Colin (11 September 2021). "Club legend Joey Jones appointed youth team ambassador". Wrexham A.F.C. Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  6. ^ a b "The Legends: Joey Jones". thisisthebarmyarmy.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Player profile: Joey Jones". LFC History. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Joey Jones: Liverpool FC 1975–1978". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Joey Jones: Profile". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Wrexham sign Palmer from AFC Wimbledon". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Joey Jones: Chelsea FC". Football-heroes. Sporting Heroes Collection. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Joey recovering after heart op". BBC Sport. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  13. ^ "Joey Jones steps down from full-time Wrexham coaching role". BBC Sport. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2024.
  14. ^ Vernon, Leslie; Rollin, Jack (1977). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1977–78. London: Brickfield Publications Ltd. p. 491. ISBN 0354 09018 6.
  15. ^ Lynch. The Official P.F.A. Footballers Heroes. p. 147.

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