Jones, Kenneth

Birth Date

2nd January 1936


Aberdare, Glamorgan



Biographical Text

Having started with Cardiff City, and going on to play nearly 170 league games for Scunthorpe, goalkeeper Ken Jones played for Exeter City in the mid-1960s having arrived from Charlton Athletic. Losing his place to John Smouth he moved on to Yeovil Town. 

Ken Jones signed professional forms for Cardiff City in May 1953 after playing for their junior sides and winning six caps for Wales at schoolboy level. He progressed very quickly to earn Welsh Under-23 caps and was part of the Wales squad for the World Cup Finals in Sweden in 1958. He only played 24 league matches though for Cardiff and in December 1958 moved to Scunthorpe United where he established himself as first choice keeper, going on to make 168 league outings. He moved to Charlton Athletic in September 1964, but in nearly two seasons at the Valley, he only made 25 league outings.

Ken signed for Exeter City in June 1966, to become one of several ex-Charlton players at the club that season. He made his Grecians’ debut in the opening Fourth Division match of the season, a goalless draw at Wrexham, but by November had lost his place to John Smout. After 17 league outings for City, he was released on a free transfer and he signed for Yeovil Town before later playing for Bridgwater Town. 

Ken, who had played cricket for Glamorgan 2nd X1, died in January 2013 whilst in the Canary Islands.





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