Linden Jones

Years at the club: 1987 - 92
Date of birth: 05/03/1961
Birth place: Tredegar
Position: Defence
Appearances: 190
Goals: 14
Clubs: Cardiff City, Newport Co.,
Honours: Wales U21 International Reading: Simod Cup winner 1987/88

Jones was born in New Tredegar, Monmouthshire. He began his career at Cardiff City joining them as an apprentice at the age of sixteen. He made his d├ębut on 24 February 1979 in a 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient at the age of seventeen. Four days later on 28 February he became the youngest player ever to be sent off playing for Cardiff when he was red carded during a 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. He became an important player for the club over the next few years especially during the 1982-83 season when he helped them to promotion.

In September 1983 Jones left the club as part of a remarkable exchange deal between Cardiff and Newport County. Nigel Vaughan and Karl Elsey joined the Bluebirds and Jones, along with John Lewis and Tarki Micallef, moved to Somerton Park in return. He was a regular for Newport until the club began suffering financial difficulties and he was allowed to join Reading.

Whilst at Reading he became a key member of the Simod Cup winning side of 1987/88. He eventually left the club in 1992 and moved into non-league football before fully retiring in 1996, at the age of 36, due to a severe knee injury.

In March 2002 he joined Swansea City as their football in the community manager. He also holds a UEFA A coaching licence and, along with FAW disability officer Jamie Clewer, helped form the Swansea VIPs (Visually Impaired Players) a team for blind or partially sighted players.

International career

Jones played several times for the Wales U21 squad but never went on to gain a cap at senior level, despite being called up to the squad on occasions.

Did you know?

Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.

Neil Webb, 1978-1982

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Bill Davies, 1953-1961

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Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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