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v Man Utd

Sunday 20 April K.O. 16:10

TE Jones

Defender

TE Jones
  • Born: 11/04/1930
  • Birthplace: Liverpoool
  • Nationality: English
  • Debut: 06/09/1950
  • In Everton's case, it's not unusual to have two Tom Jones' playing for the club - and even in the same position!

    Liverpool born Thomas E. Jones was the natural successor for the legendary Thomas G. Jones who had dazzled Goodison with his skills in the 1930s and 1940s.

    While a less sophisticated footballer than his namesake, T.E. matured into a reliable defender and was appointed club captain in 1957.

    After making just one appearance for the 'A team' and one appearance for the reserves, Tommy made his senior debut for the Blues in 1950.

    Originally employed as a left back, but then moving to the centre of defence, he made a total of 411 appearances in his 11-year career at Goodison.

    Tommy was a member of the side that were relegated in 1951, but came up again three years later. A shattered kneecap forced him to retire from football in 1961, at the age of 31, - so what did he do after leaving Everton?

    "I had a bad knee injury a year or so before I finished," he recalled.

    "John Moores was chairman of the club at the time and he said: 'If at any time in the future you do finish the game and you're looking for some kind of employment, I'd like you to contact me.'

    "I was reminded of this about a year after by a physiotherapist at the club at the time and I said: 'Yes, these directors at the club mean these things at the time but when it comes to the crunch it can be a form of embarrassment.' And he said: 'No, John Moores isn't like that.'

    "So he gave me John Moores' address and phone number and said get in touch with him. I wrote to him actually and within a week I got a reply offering to give me an appointment with one of the Littlewoods people. I joined Littlewoods and I was there for 30 years. I finished up as the Senior Purchasing Officer. We were responsible for the furnishing of the store. Everything from counters to kitchen units and toilets. I found it was great and he was true to his word."

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