Cliff Jones (Welsh footballer)

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Cliff Jones
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Personal information
Full name Clifford William Jones
Date of birth (1935-02-07) 7 February 1935 (age 83)
Place of birth Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1958 Swansea Town 168 (47)
1958–1968 Tottenham Hotspur 318 (135)
1968–1970 Fulham 25 (2)
1970–1971 King's Lynn
National team
1954–1969 Wales 59 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Clifford William Jones (born 7 February 1935) is a Welsh former football international, who was capped 59 times for Wales and was a crucial member of Tottenham Hotspur's 1960–61 Double-winning side, being widely considered at the time the best left winger in the world.


Swansea Town and Wales

Jones was born in Swansea, Glamorgan and first played League football for Billy McCandless' Swansea Town in 1952, appearing only 25 times as a winger for the club before being called into the Welsh national side.

Jones was part of the Wales side that beat England 2–1 at Ninian Park on 22 October 1955 and always credited the winner he scored as his best ever goal.[1]

He played in all five of Wales' games at the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and also made a total of 11 appearances for them in World Cup qualifiers between 1957 and 1968.[2] He played 59 times in all for Wales, scoring 16 goals.[3]

Tottenham Hotspur

Cliff Jones with Danny Blanchflower and John White in Rotterdam in 1961

He was bought by Tottenham Hotspur in 1958. On the day of his debut game he arrived by public transport and walked through the main gate together with all the Spurs supporters of the day. Henceforth he became a key part in the double-winning side of 1960–61.[4] He was also a member of the successful Spurs sides in the 1962 FA Cup Final and 1963 European Cup Winners Cup Final.[5]

For a while Jones couldn't strike his best at Spurs. Then he broke a leg. Following recovery, he proved he was worth every penny of his £35,000 fee.[6]

Juventus were reported to have offered Spurs £100,000 for Jones, whom most critics rated the finest winger in the country. Manager Bill Nicholson, who had paid Swansea £35,000 for Jones in Feb 1958, rejected the offer, calling Jones "priceless".[6]

After Tottenham Hotspur

Jones finally moved on from White Hart Lane in 1968 in order to take up a position with Fulham for two seasons and, afterwards, played for King's Lynn.[3] After retiring from football he went on to teach PE and successfully managed the school football team at Highbury Grove School in North London.


Jones came from a great footballing family. His father Ivor; uncles Shoni, Emlyn, Bryn and Bert; brother Bryn; and cousin Ken were also all players.[7] His grandsons are current player Scott Neilson and Matt Wells who is part of the Tottenham Hotspur Under 21 coaching team.[8]

Further reading

  • Jones, Cliff, Forward with Spurs (London: Stanley Paul, 1962).


  1. ^ Archived 3 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Cliff Jones". Player statistics. FIFA. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b Cliff Jones at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  4. ^ "Great Players: Cliff Jones". History of the Club. Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  5. ^ "TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR CUP FINAL TEAMS 1901 to 2009". My Football Facts. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy, the Sportsmans Book Club London 1965
  7. ^ "The Jones Boys". Archived from the original on 16 November 2005.
  8. ^ "Winger Neilson signs Bantams deal". BBC Sport. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
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