Jones, Alan

Birth Date

12th September 1939


Cefn Mawr, Denbighshire



Biographical Text

Often directly competing with John Lobbett, goalkeeper Alan Jones - signed from Cardiff City in 1959 - made ninety league appearances for Exeter City ahead of departing for Norwich City. He later played for Wrexham before moving to Australia.

Alan was playing for Wrexham area club Druids when he signed a professional contract with Cardiff City in June 1957. Playing for Wales at youth level, and making a single league appearance for the Bluebirds, he moved to Exeter City on a free transfer in July 1959. 

With John Lobbett starting the season in goal, Alan had to wait until the eighth league game of the season - at home to Chester - before making his debut. Thereafter he only missed another seven games on his way to recording 32 league appearances during his first season at St James’ Park.

The following season saw Alan start the season as first choice but he soon lost his place when called up for National Service in September 1960. Soon becoming apparent that he had suffered rheumatic fever as a child, Alan was released from his duties and was  back in the City team from late December 1960 for the remainder of the season.

Continuing into 1961/62 as first-choice, Alan had a run of nineteen league games until Colin Tinsley took over duties for the middle part of the season. Regaining his place towards the end of January, Alan completed 32 league appearances for the season to bring his total in a three-season stay to ninety. 

Declining a new contract on the apparent grounds that the City couldn’t guarantee a club house to live in, he moved to Norwich City for a £3,000 fee ahead of the 1962/63 season. Spending a single season in East Anglia, Alan returned home to Wrexham in  August 1963 for whom he played 18 league games before emigrating to Australia where he played for Pan Hellenic club and worked as a police officer and in the road haulage business.





Leonard Salisbury

Alan Jones played in goal for the Druids Youth in season 1956/57 beating Swansea Town Youth to win the Welsh FA Youth Cup atLlandrindod Wells.

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