Football legend Jones passes away

Published Thursday, 13 February 2014
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Irish League football legend Jimmy Jones has passed away, aged 85.

Football legend Jones passes away
Belfast Celtic and Glenavon legend Jimmy Jones. (© Pacemaker)

The former Belfast Celtic and Glenavon striker, whose record of 74 goals in the 56-57 season still stands, was idolised at his club Glenavon and considered by many to be one of the greatest players.

"It is very sad to learn of the passing of Jimmy Jones," Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer said.

"He was a colossus of a player and we will never see the like of him again. He was a player, a captain and a manager to this club and above all else he had a great personality.

"It is a sad day for his family and a sad day for Glenavon Football Club. It is only a few months ago Jimmy was at Mourneview Park for the naming of the Jimmy Jones Suite in his memory."

He served Glenavon as a player from 1951 to 1962, was captain on the club tour of the USA in 1960, and manager from 1969-72.

He scored 517 goals for the club and was the leading scorer in the league in 10 successive seasons from 1952/53 to 1961/62.

His Glenavon honours of three league titles and three Irish Cups speak for themselves as testimony to the club's great sides of the 1950s.

He also had a spell in England with Fulham during the 1950-51 season.

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4 Comments
davy in Shankill wrote (229 days ago):
Sincere sympathy to family and friends, From a Linfield fan.
mervyn in co. down wrote (229 days ago):
Jimmy was a great sports man even raced motorcycle Good Bless Swerve
jimmymac in canada wrote (229 days ago):
Rest in Peace Jimmy, My father was a huge fan of Mr Jones, he knew him from the good old Belfast Celtic, times
star fc in Belfast wrote (230 days ago):
rip from crumlin star supporters club you were a football genius jimmy
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