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Steve Jones (English footballer)

Personal information
Full nameSteven Gary Jones
Date of birth17 March 1970(age 46)
Place of birthCambridge, England, UK
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Steven Gary "Steve" Jones (born 17 March 1970) is an former English professional footballer who played as a striker.

Jones started his footballing career at non-League clubs Basildon United and then Billericay Town.

He moved to West Ham United in November 1992 for £22,500 rising to £45,000 based on appearances, and made his first senior appearance for the East London club in a reserve fixture against Southampton on 17 November 1992. He made his first-team debut away to Cosenza Calcio 1914 in the Anglo-Italian Cup on 8 December 1992, and set up the only goal of the game for Clive Allen. His first goal for the club came against Barnsley on 6 February 1993, ten minutes into his full Football League First Division debut.

After just three Premier League starts during the 1993 - 94 campaign, Jones joined Bournemouth in October 1994.

In January 1996, after a successful spell at the south coast club, West Ham manager Harry Redknapp again brought the player back to Upton Park for a fee of £200,000, with Mark Watson moving to Dean Court. He joined Charlton Athletic a year later for £500,000. He played in their dramatic win over Sunderland in the 1998 play off final, winning 7 - 6 on penalties after a 4 - 4 draw.

After another short spell at Bournemouth, Jones moved to Bristol City, again for transfer fee of £500,000 and then had loan spells at Brentford, Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers He became player-coach for Isthmian League team Hornchurch in June 2002. Jones was forced to retire from professional football due to injury, but has played for Rod Stewart's celebrity football team since 2007.

Jones is the founder of Langdon Pumas Youth Football Club.

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