Tommy Jones (footballer, born 1907)

Thomas William Jones (23 March 1907 – 24 June 1980) was an English professional footballer. He spent five years at Blackpool in the 1930s, making over 150 Football League appearances for the club. He played as a forward.

Tommy Jones
Personal information
Full name Thomas William Jones[1]
Date of birth (1907-03-23)23 March 1907
Place of birth Oakengates, England
Date of death 24 June 1980(1980-06-24) (aged 73)
Place of death Telford, England
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Oakengates Town
1929–1930 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1930–1933 Burnley 94 (24)
1933–1938 Blackpool 153 (38)
1938–1947 Grimsby Town 51 (8)
1947–1948 Accrington Stanley 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

BlackpoolEdit

Jones made his debut for Blackpool on 4 September 1933, in a 4–3 victory over Fulham at Bloomfield Road. He scored Blackpool's fourth goal.[2] He went on to make a further 32 league appearances for the club in 1933–34, which was Blackpool manager Sandy MacFarlane's first season in charge. He also scored six more goals in his first campaign with the Seasiders, including both Blackpool goals in their 2–1 victory at Bradford City on 23 December.[2]

In Jones's second season with the club, 1934–35, he made 35 league appearances and scored five goals,[3] while in 1935–36, he made 36 league appearances and scored twelve goals, finishing as Blackpool's second-top scorer behind Bobby Finan in Joe Smith's first season as manager. He also scored his first FA Cup goal for the club. It came in their 5–2 fourth-round defeat at Fulham on 25 January 1936.[4]

In 1936–37, Jones again scored twelve league goals; this time, however, in 26 appearances as Blackpool finished runners-up in Division Two and gained promotion to the top flight. He scored four goals in a 7–1 victory over Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road on 28 November 1936.[5]

In Jones's final season at Blackpool, 1937–38, he made 23 league appearances and scored two goals. He also scored the only goal of their FA Cup third-round tie at Birmingham City on 8 January 1938.[6] His final appearance for the club occurred on 23 April in the penultimate league game of the season, a single-goal defeat at Grimsby Town.[7]

Later careerEdit

Ironically, Jones subsequently joined Grimsby Town for the start of the 1938–39 season, and played until 1947, when he began his final professional season with Accrington Stanley. After retirement he returned to his native Oakengates where he kept a shop.[8]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Tommy Jones". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, Breedon Books Sport, p. 242
  3. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, Breedon Books Sport, p. 244
  4. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, Breedon Books Sport, p. 246
  5. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, Breedon Books Sport, p. 248
  6. ^ ""The legend of Jimmy Hampson"". Archived from the original on 4 January 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2017. - Seasiders.net
  7. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, Breedon Books Sport, p. 250
  8. ^ Neal, Toby (26 July 2013). "County boasts a long history of clubs that are now gone. Football teams that glittered then faded". Shropshire Star. p. 16.

ReferencesEdit

  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.