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- Very Interesting & Humorous Stories About Football
Paul Jones was born in Chirk near Wrexham, North Wales. He started his career at Kidderminster Harriers in 1986 and then moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of £60,000 in 1991. He only managed to play 44 games before moving on to Stockport County in 1996 where he was ever present in the 1996-97 season.
When Stockport County manager Dave Jones joined Southampton as manager, he signed Jones. He won Southampton player of the season in 1998 and earned a call up to Wales and become Wales’ number 1 keeper. He played for Southampton in the 2003 FA Cup final against Arsenal (which was lost 1-0) coming on as substitute for the injured Antti Niemi. He was the first ever goalkeeper to make a substitute appearance in an FA Cup final. He made his international debut against Scotland in 1997 and has 50 caps.
He left Southampton in 2003 and briefly joined Liverpool, a dream loan move, where he made 2 appearances, before re-joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2004.
He was loaned out to Watford in December 2004. In January 2006 Wolves cancelled Jones’ contract by mutual consent. In February 2006, he joined Queens Park Rangers for the rest of the 2005-06 season. Due to his success at the club he was given a one-year extension to his contract that would last up until May 2007. When this contract expired Jones was released by the London club and later signed for non-league Bognor Regis.
Paul Jones won his 50th Welsh cap against Slovakia on 7 October 2006 but had a match to forget, as Wales were beaten 5-1, their worst home result for 98 years and he was beaten from long range on three occasions. He marked the occasion with 50 shaved in his hair.
Paul was a FA Cup finalist in 2003 with Southampton.
Paul is available for Golf Days, Sporting Dinners, Lunches, After Dinner Speaking engagements, Charity Events and Q&A sessions. Paul has some very interesting and humorous stories to tell having played with and against many of the great players of recent years from The Premiership and International football.