cliff jones - fact file

1958 - 1968        forward


Born on 7th February 1935 in Swansea, Wales.

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Cliff Jones was a player who came to represent a new breed of winger.  Pacy but with an ability to join in the attack to add to the scoring options as well as creating opportunities in a forward line designed to get goals.

Coming from a footballing family, it was almost certain that would be the path he followed.  His father Ivor had been a Welsh international and his brother, four uncles and a cousin also played at a good level.  Further down the line, his grand-son, Scott Nielson, became a professional footballer playing for Bradford City before dropping into non-league.

Cliff attended St. Helens Mixed Junior School and then went on to study at Oxford Street Secondary Modern School.

Arriving at Spurs in 1958 after a spell starring for Swansea Town, Jones was an established Welsh international before he signed for Tottenham, turning out for his national side over a period of 14 years in total.

His ability had been noted early on and there was a thrill among Spurs fans when news broke of his signing, as he was seen as a provider of goals for Bobby Smith, but Cliff turned out to be much more than that.  An incredibly fit man, he could skin full backs for pace and lost them with a dropped shoulder, but he also did his share of chasing players back and for a player who was not the tallest, he had a prodigious leap that won him headers and helped him score a large number of headed goals.  Jones was also very brave, often going in where the boots were flying to apply the finishing touch to crosses into the box or sticking his head in with the risk of taking a blow in the process.

Cliff's Spurs debut came in an away match at Arsenal in 1958 that ended all square at 4-4.  That summer, he appeared at the World Cup finals in Sweden for Wales and helped them draw all three group games, setting up a play-off match with Hungary to see who progressed to the quarter finals.  Wales won and met Brazil, who knocked them out with Pele's first World Cup goal.  But the team that contained John Charles and other fine players had made their mark and Jones was touted as the best left winger in the world at the time.

However, the Welsh wing wizard didn't really come into his own in a Lilywhite shirt until Bill Nicholson took over as manager later in 1958 and his place in the side was part of the germination of the Double side that swept all before them in 1960-61.  With his place in the side guaranteed apart from injuries, Cliff was a provider of crosses for Smith and later Greaves, but whether he was cutting in from the wing to unleash a powerful shot, racing in at the far post to get on the end of one of Terry Dyson's crosses or jumping high to meet a dead ball play, Jones was rarely out of the limelight.

He was a part of the European Cup-Winners Cup triumph and right through to the 1967 FA Cup win, when he was sitting on the bench, ready to play his part, Cliff was a thread that ran through the successful period of the clubs history under Bill Nicholson.  But the last of those trophy wins was to be the watershed for the Welshman, as injuries caught up with him and younger legs were entrusted with the winger's position.  Jones scored against Man U in his last match for Spurs a few days before he joined Fulham and even though he donned a kit similar to Tottenham's it wasn't quite right.  He had been part of the White Hart Lane fabric for 10 years and written his part in the Tottenham Hotspur story.

Having spent an injury hit two years at Craven Cottage, Cliff played for Cambridge City in 1972, after having moved around to King's Lynn, Bedford Town and Wealdstone after leaving Fulham.

Looking as fit as he was in his playing days, Cliff Jones is a regular visitor to White Hart Lane and talks lovingly about the club and his time there.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Swansea Town ?? ?? ??  168 47
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR February 1958 ?? 22nd February 1958 v Arsenal  (First Division) (away)  drew 4-4 370 + 8 as a sub ??
Fulham October 1968 ?? ??  25 2
King's Lynn 1970 ?? ??  ?? ??
Bedford Town ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Wealdstone ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Cambridge City 1972 ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Swansea Town
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
- League appearances; 134 goals
- FA Cup appearances; 16 goals
- League Cup appearances; 1 goal
- European appearances; 7 goals
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals

Wales international
59 full caps;  16 goals
Under-23 caps; goals
First Division winners medal 1960-61  (THFC)
European Cup Winners Cup winners medal 1962-63  (THFC)
FA Cup winners medal 1960-61, 1961-62, 1966-67  (THFC)

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Lived in Palmers Green, having taken a six month refresher course with the government to return to his former trade as a sheet metal worker at the Wingate Trading Estate close to the ground. Coached the Victoria Sporting Club's football side.

Cliff said that winning the Double was the finest point in his career.

21.09.2010  (THFC programme)

What are your recollections of the Double season ?

The year we did the Double, we won our first 11 games, which is still a record, scored 119 goals and it was all done with style and flair.

 We were very competitive and at the same time entertaining.  We were a squad of players who had different skills and strengths, we got on well and we took that onto the field and it worked.  In the 1960-61 season, over two million fans flocked to see us in league matches plus another half a million in cup games.  E had a great set of supporters and the attachment between the players and the fans which was very important to the club.


What was your impression of Bill Nicholson ?

He knew more about the game than any of us, he ran the club from the Bootroom upwards and he gave us values and leadership.  You Have to respect that.

To Bill the fans were the most important people at the club and he made sure we gave value for money.  He was a hard man to please and was very sparing with his praise.  After one match, when I had a particularly good game, he said “Well done Cliff”.  This took me completely by surprise and I said “Hey Bill is that a pat on the back ?  Steady on.”  To which he replied, “Remember son, a pat on the back is only two foot away from  a kick up the backside !” 


Who were the key players in our Double Team ?

Our key player was Danny Blanchflower, our captain and a true leader; John White who was the brains of the team and Dave Mackay, who was our heart.  When they played well, the team played well. But … all five forwards got doublek figures in scoring goals.


What do you recall of the Glory Days of 1962 and 1963 ?

It was the sheer excitement and atmosphere of the period, particularly European nights.  We played in the white strip and there were more than 60,000 spectators crammed into White Hart Lane, where we proved unbeatable. 

Our evening game against Sunderland in the FA Cup replay was another memorable game.  There were so many fans trying to get in to see the game that the roads leading into the High Road were grid-locked.  I had to leave my car in  White Hart Lane and walk to the ground.

When we beat Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam to win the European Cup-Winners Cup, Danny Blanchflower said to us : “You don't realise what you have achieved tonight, but in time you will.”


What are the outstanding memories of your international career and those 59 appearances for Wales ?

Putting on the red shirt of Wales was my biggest honour and one of the greatest memories was playing in the 1958 World Cup.  Wales played Brazil in the quarter finals and we took them all the way but were eventually beaten 1-0.  A certain 17 year old playing his first game for Brazil scored the goal and his name was Pele.

Playing in front of 60,000 at Ninian Park doesn't get any better and one of my greatest memories was scoring my first goal for Wales in 1955 against England.  The likes of Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, Billy Wright and Nat Lofthouse were in the England team and Wales beat them 2-1 with me scoring the winner.  I was carried off shoulder high by the Welsh supporters.

At that time I was a part-time professional player with Swansea Town and in my final year of a five year apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker in the Prince of Wales Dry Dock.  I clocked on at 07:30 on the following Monday morning and was met by my foreman who said “well done on Saturday Cliff, now there's your tools, you've got proper work to do.”


Who was the best opposing player you came up against ?

There were a number of them.  George Cohen (Fulham), Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool), Alex Elder (Burnley) and Don Howe (West Brom).  I had to be at my very best to get any advantage from them.


How is your current role as match day host ?

Being a match day host is one of the best jobs I have ever had and I certainly enjoy it, more so when Spurs have won !  It also keeps me in touch with some of my old playing colleagues and long time Spurs fans. 


What are your thoughts on the current Spurs team ?

Last season was a great one for Spurs – culminating in going to Manchester City, playing them off the park and getting a great result, which qualified us for the Champions League.  This season promises to be a very exciting one.  Harry Redknapp has done a fantastic job in bringing a belief and confidence into his squad, he understands the traditions and style of Tottenham and hopefully, he will bring back the 'Glory Days'. 


What are your hobbies and pastimes nowadays ?

My second love to football is golf.  I have been a member of the West Essex golf Club for many years and busy myself playing for the seniors and playing in Charity games.

Our large family of four children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren  certainly keeps me active.  I love gardening and valiantly try to keep the weeds at bay.

All these combined with my match day duties at White Hart Lane keep me active and busy in my old age.

Cliff scored 36 goals in London derbies for Spurs.


What they said about Cliff Jones
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What Cliff Jones said about ...
... Tottenham - his club ...  1972 (THFC programme)

"Spurs are the finest club in the country and Bill Nicholson is the best manager."

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