This week’s Bred a Blue podcast episode is with Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Jamie Jones.
Jones spent 12 years at Everton between the ages of seven and 19 before being released and he has since forged a professional career for himself that is closing in on 400 appearances.
After leaving Everton, he joined League One side Leyton Orient, where he was thrust quickly into first-team action, and it was during a promotion-chasing match that a Swindon Town supporter ran on to the pitch and tried to punch him.
“The referee asked me if I wanted the game abandoned,” he recalls. “But there was only an hour gone and we were 3-1 up so I told him to carry on," Jones recalled.
A lifelong Evertonian who still passionately follows his beloved Blues, Jones also reflects on his time at Preston North End when one of his fellow goalkeepers was a young man on-loan from Sunderland called Jordan Pickford.
“I knew he would go to the top, but I was surprised how quickly he became England’s number one,” admitted Jones.
“Even though he was younger than me, I still learned things from him and I’m still in touch with him.”