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Miguel Jones

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Full nameMiguel Jones Castillo
Playing positionMidfielder
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Current clubretired

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Miguel Jones Castillo (born Santa Isabel, Fernando Poo, October 27, 1938) is a former Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder for SD Indautxu and Atlético Madrid during the 1950s and 1960s. Although born in Spanish Guinea, now known as Equatorial Guinea, Jones grew up in Bilbao. He began his career with local side, SD Indautxu, where his team mates included the veteran Lezama and another emerging young player, Jesús María Pereda. Jones and Pereda, and later a third Indautxu player, José Eulogio Gárate, were all controversially rejected by Athletic Bilbao because of their birthplaces.

Jones eventually joined Atlético Madrid where under coach José Villalonga he was a prominent member of an Atlético team that also included Enrique Collar and Adelardo. He played in two successive Copa del Generalísimo finals for Atlético against Real Madrid in 1960 and 1961. Atlético won on both occasions and in the 1960 final Jones scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory. He made a third appearance in a Copa final in 1964 as Atlético lost 2-1 to Real Zaragoza. Jones also played for Atlético in two successive European Cup Winners Cup finals in 1962 and 1963. He scored again in the 1962 final as Atlético beat AC Fiorentina 3-0 after a replay but finished on the losing side when they lost 5-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in 1963. He also won a La Liga title with Atlético in 1966.

In October 1967, Jones was signed for a season withr Osasuna, his last club.

After retiring as a player he returned to live in Bilbao and served as a director at SD Indautxu. Along with other players such as Pereda, Gárate and Benjamín Zarandona he has been cited by critics of Athletic's cantera policy as evidence that the policy is exclusivist. Jones is a friend of Luis Aragonés and when Aragones was accused of racism in 2004, he cited his friendship with Jones as proof that he wasn't.

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