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Eric Jones (footballer born 1931)

Eric Jones (Footballer 1951-63)
Eric Jones at the National Football Museum, Deepdale, Preston
Personal information
Full nameEric Jones
Date of birthOctober 23, 1931(age 85)
Place of birthUlverston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Playing positionMidfielder/Striker

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Eric Jones is a footballer who played for Preston North End in the 1950s. He nearly signed for Blackburn Rovers but he had to do National Service in the RAF. Following His National Service he, and by his own surprise, he signed for Preston North End, who had been keeping an eye on him. Eric was born in Ulverston in Lancashire but was brought up in Preston and was a keen PNE supporter - in fact he still is and frequently attends Deepdale to see them play. Eric was an understudy to Tom Finney, now Sir Tom Finney and Eric regards this as a huge privilege. Playing in the same position as Tom Finney meant that Eric found it hard to get regular first team appearances although Eric Jones was unlucky not to play in the 1954 FA Cup Final against West Bromwich Albion. Tom Finney played in the match but it has been suggested since that Tom wasn't fully fit. Eric had deputised for Tom Finney against West Bromwich Albion only three weeks before at The Hawthorns and in his own words "had played well". In fact Eric says that after the game Len Millard came up to him and said "Good match son, I can see who has been training you", referring to the fact that he was playing on the right wing with a left foot a la Tom Finney. Eric regarded this as a particularly big compliment coming from a player as good player as Len. Eric was friendly with Peter Higham and when Peter went to Nottingham Forest, Eric followed 6 weeks later. Eric went on to play for Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Southport and finally hanging up his boots after some enjoyable years with Lancaster City.

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