Jones Evan Image 1 Chelsea 1909

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Trehafod, Rhondda born inside forward Evan Jones started his football career for local junior club Trehafod in 1907, before joining Aberdare Town in 1908. He was then signed by First Division Chelsea in September 1909, making his Football League debut at Aston Villa the same month, but couldn’t save Chelsea from relegation at the season end. He won his first cap for Wales against Scotland in a 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock’s ground, Rugby Park, on 5th March 1910, and went on to win a total of 7 caps through to 1914.

In February 1911 he returned to the First Division when he was signed by Oldham Athletic, after 4 goals in 21 appearances for Chelsea. He scored 17 goals the following season for the Latics, before Bolton Wanderers signed him in May 1912 after 25 goals in 54 appearances for Oldham. His Bolton career was cut short by the First World War, but included an appearance in the 1915 FA Cup semi final where Bolton lost 2-1 to eventual winners Sheffield United at Villa Park. By the time the First World War had led to the suspension of peacetime football in 1915, he had scored 28 goals in 99 appearances, but after the War he joined Swansea Town, still in the Southern League, but didn’t stay with them as the entered the Football League, joining Pontypridd in 1920 before playing for Porth in 1921 and Llanbradach in 1923.

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