Jones, Edwin


Tyldesley , Lancashure 1891



Biographical Text

Eddie Jones arrived from Chorley in 1909 to play two seasons of Southern League football for Exeter City and, featuring strongly at left-back, moved on to a higher level of football with Bristol City in 1911. After later training Bristol Rovers he returned to St James’ Park as a trainer in the late 1920s. 

Highly regarded in Lancashire Combination football prior to joining Exeter City in the summer of 1909, he also played Rugby League as a youngster, as a wing threequarter and both Wigan and Wakefield Trinity offered him a contract, but he preferred to follow the round ball game instead. He signed a professional contract with Bolton Wanderers in 1906, but then moved to play for Tyldesley, followed by Penrith in the North Eastern League.

He returned to Lancashire to feature for Chorley, from whom the Grecians signed him. Jones made his City debut in a 2-1 defeat at Croydon Common in the Southern League in September 1909, and won a regular slot in the team for the rest of the season.

After a two-season stay with City, Jones moved to Bristol City in the summer of 1911. He remained at Ashton Gate until 1922, during which time he was granted a benefit match. Jones then became trainer with Bristol Rovers, before returning to St James’ park as Exeter City’s trainer in 1926.







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