When John Neal realised in Autumn 1982 that his Chelsea side faced the
very real prospect of relegation to Division Three he acted swiftly to
bring in the experienced Joey Jones for a fee of £34, 000. Jones, a
European Cup winner in his time at Liverpool, had spent the previous
four years back with his first club Wrexham and many Chelsea supporters
questioned the purchase of a man who's team had recently suffered
relegation themselves. After an inauspicious start to his Chelsea
career, when he was sent-off on his debut at Carlisle, the dissenters'
voices grew louder still. However, Jones rose to the challenge and
within weeks he had won the fans over with his tenacity and commitment,
his willingness to put his head or body in where it hurt being in stark
contrast to some of his less committed team-mates. He also established
himself as the new hero of the terraces with his pre-match
fist-clenching routine, the supporters relishing his passion for the
cause as relegation was avoided on the season's penultimate weekend.
John Hollins' return to Chelsea meant there was no place in the starting
line-up for Joey at right back as the new season began. However, an
injury to Chris Hutchings soon paved the way for him to return to the
side on the opposite flank and his impressive performances ensured that
he retained his place for the rest of the season as The Blues stormed to
promotion. As Chelsea returned to the top flight, Jones' opportunities
became more limited but when called upon, particularly during the club's
run to the Milk Cup semi-final, he maintained the standard of
performance Chelsea followers had come to expect. It was therefore a
major disappointment to the fans who had taken this effervescent
character to their hearts when one of Hollins' first tasks on taking
over the managerial reigns was to offload Joey to Huddersfield Town in
August 1985 for £35, 000 - precisely £1,000 more than the Blues had
paid Wrexham some three years previously. (Kelvin Barker)
Years Team Games Goals.
1973–1975 Wrexham 98 (2)
1975–1978 Liverpool 72 (3)
1978–1982 Wrexham 146 (6)
1982–1985 Chelsea 78 (2)
1985–1987 Huddersfield 68 (3)
1987–1992 Wrexham 132 (11)
Total 594 (27).
Joey Jones underwent heart surgery in 2002 and scaled down his
commitments with Wrexham, he worked there as the Under 18's and Reserve team coach.
In 2001 he had a brief spell as caretaker manager between the departure of
Brian Flynn and arrival of Denis Smith.
In 2005, Jones completed his autobiography entitled "Oh Joey, Joey!"
about his life in football.