Inspiring captain of the 1901 FA Cup winning side, Jack Jones carved a place in the club's history with his outstanding passing ability and intelligent reading of the game.
Jack started his career at Bootle, before moving on to Stockton, where he turned professional and played for the local Stockton Cricket club. In 1893, Jones reverted to being an amateur, joining Grimsby Town and it was his love for cricket, as much as football, that saw him sign for Sheffield United in 1894. After a promising start to his career with the blades, when he scored in each of his first two matches, he dropped into the reserves and was used to fill in wherever injuries hit the first eleven. Jack was at Bramall Lane for three years before moving to Spurs in 1897, where he stayed for seven years. His transfer was not without controversy, because there was no transfer fee to be paid, with Tottenham not being a member of the Football League at the time and the Sheffield United directors were irate about this. The fact that the club secretary had also arranged employment with Rugby School for Jones to undertake a summer coaching role at the school, which he never fulfilled as a Sheffield United player, was also a point of contention. He did take up the role while a Spurs player, teaching both football and cricket.
His asset of being an organising presence on his team-mates in the middle of the pitch was allied with a good awareness of where he should be positioned at any stage of the match and he had a willingness to track back to help out the defenders. One of the most skilful players of his day, Jones also has the tactical knowledge to move from his wing-half position to become an additional forward. Jack played 20 games in the season Spurs won the Southern League in 1900, racking up 132 appearances in all with the club before he left for Watford in 1904, then on to Worcester City a year later.
His willingness to play both sports continued after his playing career, when he taught them both in Leinster, Ireland and South Africa. Took over as coach and groundsman at Whitburn Cricket Club in Durham in 1923 on his return to the UK. He also worked as a pattern maker.
Jack Jones died on 24th November 1931 in Sunderland following a fall at work in which he sustained fatal head injuries.