Oakengates, Shropshire born inside left Tommy Jones began his football career with hometown club Oakengates Town and joined West Bromwich Albion in July 1929, spending 1929-30 on their books without making a first team appearance. In November 1930 he was signed by Second Division Burnley, making his Football League debut at Bradford Park Avenue in January 1931. He spent the following two seasons as a regular in Burnley’s line up, scoring 16 goals for The Clarets during their 1932-33 campaign, including 4 goals in a 4-4 draw at West Ham United in October 1932.
Having played 3 games of the new season Jones was signed by Blackpool for £3,000 in September 1933 after 24 goals in 99 appearances for Burnley, and he made his debut for Blackpool in a 4-3 victory over Fulham at Bloomfield Road on 4th September 1933, scoring Blackpool’s fourth goal. He spent five seasons as a fixture in Blackpool’s line up and scored 12 goals in their 1936-37 campaign as they won promotion to the top flight as Second Division runners up, including 4 goals in a 7-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road on 28th November 1936.
In July 1938, after 39 goals in 161 appearances for The Seasiders, he joined Grimsby Town and was a near ever present during the final season before the Second World War, appearing in their 1939 FA Cup semi final defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford. However the War severely restricted his career, and by its end he was already 38 years old when he returned to Blundell Park for their 1946 FA Cup campaign. He scored 3 goals in 9 matches for The Mariners during their first post-war League season before joining Accrington Stanley in the summer of 1947 after 9 goals in 61 appearances for Grimsby Town, but he retired before making any first team appearances for them.
His father had also been a professional footballer and played for Wolverhampton Wanderers before the First World War.