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Alf Jones

Walsall Swifts FC, Great Lever FC, Burnley FC

3 appearances, 0 goals, 1 own goal

P 3 W 0 D 0 L 3 F 6: A 13
0% successful


Captain: none
minutes played:


  Alfred George Jones
Birth early 1861 in Forster Street, Walsall, Staffordshire [registered as Alfred G., in Walsall, March 1861].
"I was born in Forster-street, Walsall, in 1861, our house overlooking the playing grounds of the Grammar School." - Saturday, 7 February 1914, The Walsall Advertiser.
Birth notes There were two Alfred Jones born/registered in Walsall around 1861. One Alfred Jones falls off the record structure. But the other, Alfred George Jones, is the one we believe to be the correct Jones.
Why? Because there is only one Alfred Jones, born Walsall, in Walsall in the 1891 census, he also happens to be the same Jones in 1881/1901/11 census' - a certain Alfred George.
Alfred George is one of the Alf Jones living in Walsall in 1881, another was there, but born in Bloxwich.

According to the 1871 census, ten year old Alfred G. is the youngest of three children to Benjamin and Eliza. Alfred is an errand boy. They live at 19 Upper Foster Street in Walsall Foreign. His father is a currier


According to the 1881 census, and identical to the previous census return, Alfred G. and his family remain at 19 Upper Foster Street. Alfred is a saddler.

Marriage to Rosa Hazeldine, on 20 March 1887 at St. George's Church in Walsall [registered as Alfred George, in Walsall, March 1887]. Stated as living at 107 Paddock Lane in Walsall.

According to the 1891 census, Alfred is now married to Rosa with two children, Rosa and Alfred. He is a publican living at 143/144 Blue Lane in Walsall. His son, Alfred James, would die in 1894!


According to the 1901 census, Alfred George is now back to being a saddler. Living with his wife, Rosa, and daughter, also Rosa, at 33 Old Birchills in Walsall.


According to the 1911 census, Alfred George remains a saddler and married to his tailoress wife and tailoress daughter at 123 Bentley Lane in Walsall.
He was still living there in February 1914, when the left photo was taken.

Death Tuesday, 14 October 1935, in Queen Street, Walsall, aged 75 years nk days [registered as Alfred G., in Walsall, December 1935]. He is buried in Ryecroft Cemetery, Walsall


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Kevin Powell, the excellent Bob Pickett &


"Death of Ex-International Footballer.—Mr. Alfred Jones, the only Walsall footballer who has ever gained English international honours, died on Tuesday at the age of 75 years. He played for England against Scotland in 1882-83, and against Wales in 1882. He had been confined to his bed for the last two years at the home of his son-in-law in Queen Street."
Saturday, 19 October 1935, Staffordshire Advertiser

Playing Career

Club(s) "The first club I joined was a small one called the Butts Perseverance, who played where the present Council Schools stand, in William-street and Butts-road. Our first fixtures were with the Trinity Club, of Caldmore, first and second teams, and I was greatly disappointed when I discovered that I had been picked for neither. I went up to the captain of the Trinity II, and asked him to let me play against the Butts 'chaps', telling him I could stop any two of their forwards. He agreed and.... The Trinity won by 3 goals to nil. I must have given satisfaction for the following Saturday, I was asked to play.
"I was selected to play for Walsall Football Association against Walsall Swifts, in a benefit match. This led to my joining the Swifts, which I did at the beginning of the season 1879-80.
"It was in 1880 that I first began to play for the Birmingham Football Association, my first match being against London, at the Oval, and I played in every Association match that season. The following year I was selected for the North v. South match, at London, and scored the only goal of our side, who were defeated by 3 to 1." - Saturday, 7 February 1914, The Walsall Advertiser.
Alf Jones was the ultimate Walsall footballer, he played with all three of its teams. He started with Walsall Swifts FC, and briefly left for Great Lever FC, only to return to Walsall Swifts, and then Burnley FC in February 1885, and then after joining Aston Villa FC briefly for the 1885-86 season, returned to Walsall Town FC from 1886 to 1888, and then for the amalgamated Walsall Town Swifts FC thereafter. He played in the Town Swifts' first ever competitive match, against Aston Villa FC in the Lord Mayor of Birmingham's Charity Cup Final in April 1888, he
played 22 Football Alliance games between 1888 and 1892, scoring once.
Club honours Walsall Cup winners 1879-80, 1880-81; Birmingham Senior Cup winners 1880-81, runners-up 1883-84, 1884-85;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004].

England Career

Player number 97th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 15, 11 March 1882, Scotland 1 England 4, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 20/21 years nk days.
Last match No. 19, 10 March 1883, England 2 Scotland 3, a friendly match at Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield, aged 21/22 years nk days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information, but if the census records reflect the correct Alf Jones, then he was a saddler, taking time out to be a publican in Walsall. His only son died in 1894...was this a reason to return to his saddling vocation? - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.145/6./FindMyPast.com

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain
4 3 270 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.
3 0 0 3 6 13 -7 0 0 2.00 4.333 0.00 -3

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home Friendly matches 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1
Away 2 0 0 2 4 10 -6 0 0 2.00 5.00 0.00 -2

Match History

 Club: Walsall Swifts F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 20/21
1 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start lb
2 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL Start 60 lb

 Club: Great Lever F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 21/22
3 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr HL Start lb

 Club: Burnley F.C. - no full appearances  

Age 22/23
23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW reserve