Roy Jones

Roy Jones

Position: Centre

Born 22/02/1903
Died 23/07/1993
Place Of Birth Swansea

William Roy Jones was born in Swansea on 22 February 1903 in a town that was basking in the 'Golden Era' of the "All Whites". He showed promise as an association footballer in his younger days and played for Swansea Schoolboys and the Arcadia club. Roy progressed through the Brynmill School side and Mumbles club in the union code before playing for Swansea Football Club. He played for the first XV in 1925-26 under the captaincy of J E Watkins` alongside Swansea luminaries such as Dai Parker, Rowe Harding, Howell John, Tom Hopkins and David Evans, all Welsh internationals.

Playing on the wing for Swansea, Roy soon made an impact and the following season, overtook Elwyn Watkins as leading try scorer (16), a significant achievement as the first XV won only two more games than it lost in an indifferent season, with slim pickings for a pacey wing.

The 1926-27 season also saw Swansea play the New Zealand Maoris and lose, after a bright start, to the tourists at St Helens on 23 October 1926. Roy played on the wing that day for Swansea.

In 1927-28, under the captaincy of Dai Parker, Roy Jones won two Welsh caps at centre, a position he now regularly held at Swansea. The first was against New South Wales, alongside his Swansea team mate forward D R Jenkins who also gained his first cap that day. The tourists were well ahead at half time (18 - 3) and a Welsh rally only modified the final score to 18 - 8. Jones won his second and final cap in the last of the season's internationals. Having lost to England and beaten Scotland, Wales had already lost the chance of a Triple Crown. After the defeat by Ireland, Roy Jones was the Swansea club's only representative in the side that played France at Stade Colombes, Paris on 9 April 1928. France gained their first ever win over Wales (8 - 3). Jones also played in the Swansea game against the touring Waratahs.

Swansea saw an improvement  during 1928-29 under the captaincy of Rowe Harding and were runners-up in the unofficial Welsh Championship. Jones was now a senior player among some very young team mates.  His form was reflected in the sporting columns of the South Wales Evening Post where he recieved the accolade that: "There is no more pernicious man in attack".

In 1929-30 Roy Jones "one of the most modest and unassuming of footballers" captained the Swansea frst XV and they were again runners-up in the Welsh Championship, losing two fewer games than the previous season under Rowe Harding. it was the best Swansea form since the war and six Swansea men were capped for Wales. This was Roy's last season with Swansea. He went on to have a successful business career, becoming South Wales Manager of Shell Mex and British Petroleum and at St Helens became Chairman and then President of the Swansea club (1983-84) and a Life Patron in 1991. Roy Jones died in July 1993.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Mumbles - Swansea -
Education: - Brynmill School, Swansea -
Honours: - Wales -

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