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Joey Jones

Joey Jones

Joey Jones was born in Bangor and raised in Llandudno where he played for the sameLlandudno Swifts side as a certain Neville Southall.

In 1971, Joey Jones first joined the staff at the Racecourse and made his first team debut at the age of 17 in a Welsh Cup match against local rivals Chester City – a match which Wrexhamlost 1-0.

Having firmly established himself as a first team regular, Joey was part of the Wrexham side which reached The FA Cup quarter finals for the first time in the club’s history in the 1973/74 season beating second division sides Crystal Palace and Middlesborough and first divisionSouthampton before going out to Burnley also of the first division.

In 1975, Joey won The Welsh Cup when Wrexham beat Cardiff City in the final, but as his team-mates headed off to Europe and Djurgardens in the Cup Winners Cup, Joey was on his way to Anfield for a club record transfer fee of £110,000.

In his first season at Anfield, Joey helped the reserve side to the Central League title before establishing himself as a first team regular, missing just three league games in the 1977/78 season as Liverpool won the League Championship and the European Cup. Joey became the first Welsh player to win a European Cup Winners’ medal as Liverpool defeated Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome. It was at the European Cup Final that the traveling fans from the famous Kop unfurled their famous banner ‘Joey has eaten frogs legs, made the Swiss roll and now he’s going to Munch on Gladbach’

Whilst at Liverpool Joey Jones won the first of his 72 Welsh caps, a record finally surpassed by Peter Nicholas in 1991, making his debut in a 1-0 victory over Austria in the European Championship qualifiers at the Racecourse.

In 1978, Joey rejoined Wrexham for a fee of £210,000 which is still a record fee paid by the club. Following Wrexham’s relegation to the third division, Joey joined up with his former manager John Neal and his best friend Mickey Thomas at Chelsea, securing the second division championship in 1984.

Following a two season stopover at Huddersfield Town Joey Jones returned to the Racecourse initially as a player, but in 1989 was appointed player/coach by new manager Brian Flynn. Following his retirement as a player in 1992, Joey was a valued member of the coaching staff at Wrexham.

Joey Jones is one of those characters that people say don’t exist in football any more. A real enthusiast, a supporter’s player, and never happier than talking about football and the great times he has had in the game.