Billy Jones had played for Leyton Orient and Kidderminster Harriers when he signed for Exeter City ahead of the club’s third season in the Conference. After helping City to the 2007 play-off final he moved to Crewe only to return to St James’ Park after the Grecians had risen to League One.
Joining Leyton Orient as a trainee in 1999, Billy made his debut aged seventeen and went on to play 72 league matches prior to moving to Kidderminster Harriers in January 2005 having not appeared for Orient that season. Making a dozen appearances as Kiddy were relegated from the Football League Billy, now a free agent, agreed a deal with Exeter City in May 2005.
Ironically appearing first against Kidderminster on 16 August 2005 Billy proved to be an astute signing and made 40 appearances in all competitions during his first season chipping in seven goals along the way.
Billy followed through with a highly-successful 2006/07 campaign when he scored ten times in 51 league and cup appearances culminating in the three play-off games against Oxford United and Morecambe.
Attracting the attention of other clubs, Billy returned to the Football League shortly afterwards when he followed in the path of former Grecians team-mate Danny Woodards by signing for Crewe Alexandra in a £65,000 deal in May 2007. Playing two seasons in League One, and a third in League Two, Billy made 71 league appearances for Crewe scoring eight times. Having not played since October 2009, Billy was released at the end of 2009/10 and rejoined Exeter City in July 2010.
With City now in League One Billy made his reappearance against Colchester on 7 August 2010 and played 36 league and cup games as City finished 8th in the table. He featured less-often in City’s subsequent relegation season making 21 appearances in all competitions ahead of playing his final game for the club - his 148th - against Sheffield United on 5 May 2012.
Billy then played for Cheltenham Town prior to making his final Football League appearance, now in the colours of Newport County, in November 2013. He next played for Gloucester City and Harlow Town before retiring from playing in summer 2017 and moving into coaching with Harlow and later with Bearsted in his native Kent.
Billy became head of academy at Maidstone United in February 2021 and remained in post in 2022/23.
League 134 (3 play-offs); Cups 14 (148)