Bryn Jones (footballer, born 1912)

Brynmor "Bryn" Jones (14 February 1912[1] – 18 October 1985) was a Welsh professional footballer.

Bryn Jones
Personal information
Full name Brynmor Jones
Date of birth (1912-02-14)14 February 1912
Place of birth Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Date of death 18 October 1985(1985-10-18) (aged 73)
Place of death Wood Green, London, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Merthyr Amateurs
Plymouth United
Aberaman Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1938 Wolverhampton Wanderers 163 (52)
1938–1949 Arsenal 71 (7)
1949–1951 Norwich City 23 (1)
Total 257 (60)
National team
1935–1948 Wales 17 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Early life and Wolves

Born in Penyard near Merthyr Tydfil, Jones played for a variety of clubs as a youth, including Merthyr Amateurs, Glenavon and Aberaman Athletic,[2] before signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1933 for a fee of £1,500.[3] In five years for Wolves he played 163 league matches.[2]


Jones's exploits for Wolves earned the attention of George Allison's Arsenal, who were looking for a replacement for Alex James'.[4] Arsenal paid a then British record fee of £14,000 to take him to Highbury in August 1938.[4][5]

Jones got off to a dream start for Arsenal, scoring on his debut against Portsmouth and then netting two more goals in the next three matches.[4]

Jones served with the Royal Artillery during the Second World War, and was aged 34 when competitive football resumed. He made seven league appearances for Arsenal in 1947–48, in which Arsenal won the First Division Championship, but he did not play enough games to qualify for a medal.[4]

Jones played and scored in Arsenal's triumphant 1948 Charity Shield match against Manchester United. With this being said he was still only a bit-part player in the 1948–49 season. Jones in all played 76 matches for Arsenal, scoring 8 goals altogether.[4] He went on to leave Arsenal to become a player-coach at Norwich City[1] in 1949.

International career

During his time at Wolves Jones also won the first of his 17 caps for Wales,[1] against Northern Ireland in 1935. His international career lasted between 1935 and 1948, as well as a further eight wartime internationals, the highlight being a 2–1 win over England in 1936 at Molineux.[6]

Personal life

Jones was part of a famous footballing family; he was one of five brothers to play professional football, along with Shoni, Ivor, Emlyn and Bert.[7] In addition his nephews, Cliff, Bryn and Ken were also professional footballers. After a spell coaching at Norwich City from 1949 to 1951 he retired soon afterwards. Jones then ran a newsagents near Arsenal's Highbury ground. He died in October 1985.[8]




  1. Bryn Jones at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  2. Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  3. Matthews, Tony (2001). The Wolves Who's Who. Britespot. ISBN 1-904103-01-4.
  4. "Player profile: Bryn Jones". Arsenal player database. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  5. "Bryn Jones joins Arsenal (1938)". British Pathe.
  6. Archived 3 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine [bare URL]
  7. "The Jones Boys". Archived from the original on 14 September 2012.
  8. "Bryn Jones". Spartacus Educational. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  9. MacAdam, John (7 October 1948). "Lewis snaps up two in soccer 'feast'". Daily Express. London. p. 4.