Tuesday, March 13, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 63: Joey Jones


At number 63 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is the ever-popular Welsh full-back of late 1970's Joey Jones.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Joey Jones

Years at Liverpool: 1975 to 1978
Position: Left-back

Date-of-birth: Llandudno
Birthplace: 4/3/55

Signed from: Wrexham (July 1975)

Games played: 100
Goals scored: 3

Honours won: First Division Championship (1976/77), European Cup (1977), Charity Shield (1976, 1977)

Sold to: Wrexham (1978)

A cult figure among Kopites, Joey Jones will always be inextricably linked with our first glorious European Cup win in 1977 - courtesy of the now famous 'Joey Ate The Frogs Legs, Made The Swiss Roll, Now He's Munching Gladbach' banner produced in his honour for the Rome final. A no-nonsense left-back whose enthusiasm held no bounds, Jones was just 20 when Bob Paisley paid Wrexham £110,000 for his services during the summer of 1975. A proud Welsh international and avid Liverpudlian, his trademark clenched-fist salute helped him establish an almost instant rapport with the Kop but he narrowly missed out on qualifying for a Championship medal in his first season at the club. Tigerish in the tackle and never less than 100 per cent committed to the Anfield cause, he became a regular in the Reds first team during the momentous 1976/77 season, playing in all but three games of the League campaign and figuring in every match on route to that never-to-be-forgotten European Cup Final triumph over Borussia Moenchengladbach. A highly popular individual on and off the pitch, Jones was living the dream of every Reds fan but lost his place midway through the following season and soon found himself back at Wrexham. With his place in Anfield folklore forever assured though he's still fondly remembered by the red half of Merseyside.

Claim to fame: He inspired perhaps the most famous banner in Liverpool history

Did you know: He once smashed the windscreen of a car that was parked outside Melwood with a wayward clearance in training!

Where is he now? Reserve team coach at his first club Wrexham

Rob McCaffrey on Joey Jones: "The greatest player who ever pulled on a red shirt is Joey Jones without question because he was the fan who played for the team. I can't believe that he's not higher in the voting than he is because everybody worshipped Joey Jones, talk about king of the Kop!"

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