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Joey Jones: Bio, Career Life & Retirement



Joey Jones

Joey Jones: Joseph Patrick Jones (born 4 March 1955) is a Welsh former international football full-back who played for Liverpool and won two European Cups. Jones was born in Llandudno and began his career with Wrexham in 1971.

Joey Jones: Bio, Career Life & Retirement

Joseph Patrick Jones (born 4 March 1955) is a Welsh former international football full-back who won two European Cups with Liverpool. Jones started his career in 1971 with Wrexham. Jones left Wrexham for Liverpool in July 1975 after Bob Paisley paid £110,000 for his services (he had a Liverbird tattoo on his forearm, which he later had removed for medical reasons).

Career Life Of Joey

1. Wrexham

Jones was born in Llandudno and first played for Wrexham in 1971. At the age of 17, he made his debut in a Welsh Cup match against local rivals Chester City, which Wrexham lost 1-0.

He did, however, help the team win the Welsh Cup in 1975, when they defeated Cardiff City in the final. Jones took Wrexham to the FA Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 1974.

2. Liver Pool

Jones left Wrexham to join his childhood favorites, Liverpool (he had a Liverbird tattoo on his forearm, which he subsequently had removed for medical reasons) when Bob Paisley paid £110,000 for his services in July 1975.


On August 16, he made his debut in a 2-0 league loss against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. He failed not play enough matches to qualify for a league championship medal in 1975-76.

In 1977, the left back Jones was a member of Liverpool’s treble-chasing squad, which won the League Championship and advanced to the FA Cup and European Cup finals. Jones scored his first goal for the club in a 5-1 league hammering of Leicester City at Anfield on November 9, 1976.

The treble, unheard of in English football, did not materialize. Liverpool lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, despite Jones’ precise long ball for Jimmy Case to score Liverpool’s goal.

Jones became the first Welshman to win a European Cup when Liverpool beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 in Rome. Liverpool fans in Rome hung a banner that said, “Joey Ate the Frogs Legs, Made the Swiss Roll, Now He’s Munching Gladbach.”

Tommy Smith’s return and Alan Hansen’s progress limited Jones’ first-team opportunities the next season. He departed in the summer of 1978, after precisely 100 matches and three goals.


3. Back to Wrexham

He returned to Wrexham in 1978 for £210,000, a record that held until Ollie Palmer was signed for £300,000 in January 2022.

4. Chelsea

He joined Chelsea for £34,000 in 1982 after being signed by John Neal. Jones was sent off on his debut at Brunton Park against Carlisle United.

Jones, on the other hand, became a cult icon among fans due to his dedicated attitude and pre-match fist-clenching routine.

He was also crucial in Chelsea’s victorious fight to escape relegation to the Third Division. Jones was a member of the team that won promotion to the Second Division in 1983-84.

He stayed in the Premier League for one more season before being moved to Huddersfield Town for £35,000 in August 1985. He left Chelsea with 78 league games and two goals.


5. Huddersfield, as well as a third stint at Wrexham

He joined Huddersfield from Chelsea in the summer of 1985 and was awarded Town’s player of the year in his first season. He departed after two seasons to return to Wrexham, where he retired at the conclusion of the 1991-92 season.

International career opportunities

Joey made his Wales debut against Austria in November 1975. He made 72 appearances, scoring one, before retiring in May 1986.

After Retirement

Jones underwent heart surgery in 2002 and has since limited his role as Under 18’s and Reserve team coach at Wrexham.

Between the departure of Brian Flynn and the arrival of Denis Smith in 2001, he served as caretaker manager.

Jones finished his memoirs, “Oh Joey, Joey!” about his football career in 2005. In February 2006, Sky Sports News featured this as the book of the week.


Jones was also crowned Wrexham’s ultimate Cult Hero on BBC TV’s Football Focus in 2005. Jones was placed 63rd in a 2006 poll of Liverpool supporters’ favorite players (100 Players Who Shook The Kop). The poll has 110,000 participants from across the globe.

Honours Of Joey

  • Wrexham Welsh Cup: 1974-75
  • 1976-77 Liverpool Football League First Division
  • European Cups: 1976-77, 1977-78
  • UEFA Cup: 1975-76
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1977
  • 1983-84 Chelsea Football League Second Division