Paul Jones (footballer, born 1978)
Jones playing for Barrow in 2008
|Full name||Paul Jones|
|Date of birth||3 June 1978|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1997||→ Blackpool (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2011||→ Droylsden (loan)|
|2012||Airbus UK Broughton|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:31, 3 March 2012 (UTC)|
Paul Jones (born 3 June 1978) is an English former footballer who last played for Marine. He plays as a centre back. Jones had two spells with Barrow. He has also played with Leigh RMI, Hyde United and in the Football League with Blackpool and Oldham Athletic. He was born in Liverpool.
Jones began his career with local Merseyside club Tranmere Rovers, but failed to make any appearances. He did have a brief period on loan with Blackpool, before being released. Jones then joined Barrow for the start of the 1997–98 season, then of the Unibond Premier League. He played regularly for the club, and was part of the championship winning team. Despite Barrow's money problems the following season in the Football Conference, he remained with Barrow before they were demoted on financial grounds.
Leigh RMI of the Northern Premier League were Jones' next club, but his form attracted the attention of Oldham Athletic of the Football League Second Division. He played seventeen times for Oldham in the second half of the 1999–2000 season, but struggled with an injury sustained early in the following season. He remained with the club, but did not play for them at all in 2001 or until leaving in Summer 2002.
Following his injury struggle, Jones returned to football at a lower level in 2003, with Hyde United of the Northern Premier League. Hyde were relegated to the Northern Premier League First Division for the start of the 2003–04 season, but Jones became a regular as the club won promotion in 2004 and 2005. After helping Hyde stay in the Conference North, which had been introduced below the Conference National in 2004, Jones returned to Barrow AFC for the 2006–07 season.
Barrow were also in the Conference North, and flirted with relegation under manager Phil Wilson throughout Jones' first season and into the next. Wilson was sacked in November 2007, and Jones was one of the three players chosen as Barrow's temporary player-managers. Following a series of impressive results, his two co-managers, Darren Sheridan and Dave Bayliss, were hired permanently managers while Jones focused on playing duties as club captain with a coaching role. Barrow continued to be successful and Jones remained a key part of the team as Barrow won promotion via the play-offs, following a twenty match unbeaten streak. Jones remained with the club, returning to the Conference National in which he had competed with Barrow some ten seasons previously.
On 1 March 2011, Jones joined Conference North side Droylsden on a one-month loan in a bid to improve his match fitness. In May 2011 he played his final game for Barrow, ending a seven-year association with the club.
- Northern Premier League Premier Division: 1997–98
- Conference North play-off winner: 2007–08
- FA Trophy: 2009–10
- Hyde United
- Barrow skipper confident of upset BBC Sport Accessed 31 March 2009
- Paul Jones Archived 15 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine Barrow A.F.C. Accessed 31 March 2009
- Paul Jones Soccerbase.com Accessed 31 March 2009
- Match Report: Hyde United 0–2 Altrincham Hyde United F.C. Accessed 31 March 2009
- Paul Jones Hyde United FC Accessed 31 March 2009
- Players in charge of pushing Barrow The Telegraph; Accessed 31 March 2009
- Shrimps can inspire us – Bayliss BBC Sport; Accessed 31 March 2009
- "Droylsden sign Lee McEvilly, Sean Lake and Paul Jones". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "No rush to retire after Barrow exit, says Paul Jones". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Alty Snap Up Jones". Non League Daily. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- "Vauxhall is the next stop for Jones". NonLeagueDaily.com. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Experienced defender Jones signs for Airbus". Airbus UK Broughton FC. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Jones arrives at Marine". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Three New Signings For Marine". Marine Football Club. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
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