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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


disciplined: none
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Full name Alfred George Jones
Born early 1861 in Walsall, Staffordshire [registered as Alfred G., in Walsall, March 1861].
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.

Census Notes

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.

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.

Married 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.
Died 14 October 1935, aged 75 years nk days [registered as Alfred G., in Walsall, December 1935]. He is buried in Ryecroft Cemetery, Walsall
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], FindMyPast.com, Kevin Powell, and the excellent Bob Pickett.

Club Career

Club(s) 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 Birmingham Senior Cup winners 1880-81, runners-up 1883-84, 1884-85;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
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


Alf Jones - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captains Discipline
4 3 270 0 0 min none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Alf Jones - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 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
All - Friendly 3 0 0 3 6 13 -7 0 0 2.00 4.333 0.00 -3


Alf Jones - Match History
 Club: Walsall Swifts F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 3 full capsx

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. - 1 full cap  
Age 21/22
3 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr HL Start lb
 Club: Burnley F.C. - 0 full caps  
Age 22/23
- 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW reserve