Jones Tommy “T.G.” Image 4 Everton 1948

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Connah’s Quay, Flintshire born centre half Tommy “T.G.” Jones started football career with junior clubs Primrose Hill Athletic in 1932 and Llanerch Celts in 1933 before joining Wrexham in November 1934, making his Football League debut against Rotherham United in November 1935.

Soon spotted by Everton after only 7 appearances, he signed for The Toffees for £3,000 in March 1936. He won a League Championship medal in only his second full season at Everton in 1938-39, missing only 3 games during the campaign, before his career was interrupted by the Second World War. Jones served as a sergeant in the RAF during the War, but he resumed his career for Everton in 1946. A.S. Roma successfully bid £15,000 for him, a large sum in those days, but foreign exchange regulations stopped the transfer. Everton were still short of cash and so transferred Tommy Lawton to Chelsea and Joe Mercer to Arsenal.

By now Jones’s injury problems were actually severe enough to put him in hospital for four months. Once the relations with the manager Theo Kelly became so bad that he was even not picked for the reserve team, After Kelly left however, Jones became club captain in 1949. Finally, in January 1950, Everton agreed to his release. He made 178 appearances for Everton, scoring five goals.

Jones won 17 caps for Wales between 1938 and 1950, and eleven caps in unofficial wartime internationals.

After Jones left Everton he played non league football for Pwllheli and became their part-time manager until 1956. He then became manager of Bangor City until 1967. In 1962, after winning the Welsh Cup, the team beat Napoli 2-0 in the home leg in the European Cup Winners Cup but lost 1-3 in Italy. With no away-goal rule, Bangor lost the replay 3-1. Later, Jones managed Rhyl for a short spell in 1968.

He was renowned for his sporting behaviour. Stanley Matthews, Tommy Lawton, Joe Mercer and Dixie Dean each cited Jones as the greatest player that they ever saw. Former Liverpool star of the same era, Cyril Done, said that “T. G. was a gentleman off the field, and a gentleman on the field”.

 

 

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