Matthew Jones

Full name: Matthew Graham Jones
Birthdate: 01.09.1980
Birthplace: Llanelli
Position: Midfielder
Joined from: Leeds United
Signed by: Peter Taylor
Nationality: Wales
First game: Charlton Athletic, 16.12.2000
Last game: Wolverhampton Wanderers, 04.05.2003
Games: 35 (24 starts + 11 subs)
Goals: 1

Player profile

Midfielder Jones was handed the tough task of filling Neil Lennon's boots on his arrival at City but his time at the club was hampered by injury, the last of which forced his retirement from the professional game at the age of just 23.

Peter Taylor snapped the Welshman up from Leeds United, where he was a fringe player during the Yorkshire club's European adventures under David O'Leary, but the £3 million price tag, and the fact he was plugging the gap left by the departed Lennon, piled the pressure on him during the early months.

It was lucky he had Robbie Savage beside him, with the pair forming an encouraging midfield partnership for both City and internationally but those signs of encouragement were thwarted when Jones suffered an injury that would keep him sidelined for a year.

He failed to rediscover any kind of form on his return to fitness and Micky Adams made him available for transfer. He spent a pre-season with Nottingham Forest but returned to Leicester with a back injury that would sadly call time on his playing career.

He did return to football in the Welsh Premier League for hometown club Llanelli, playing a role in the club's treble-winning triumph and also studied for his UEFA coaching badges.

League Total
Season Division Apps Gls Apps Gls
2000-01Premier League11-14-
2000_210_
2001-02Premier League101131
2001_210_
2002-03Division One6-8-
2002_210_
Total271351
_210_
From/To Fee Date
IN  Leeds United £3,000,000 13.12.2000
OUT Retired Unknown 04.06.2004

Appearances

DateCompetitionOppositionResultStartSubGoals
1 16.12.2000 Premier League Charlton Athletic (H) 3 - 1
2 23.12.2000 Premier League West Ham United (H) 2 - 1
3 26.12.2000 Premier League Arsenal (A) 1 - 6
4 01.01.2001 Premier League Bradford City (H) 1 - 2
5 06.01.2001 FA Cup 3 York City (H) 3 - 0
6 14.01.2001 Premier League Ipswich Town (A) 0 - 2
7 20.01.2001 Premier League Arsenal (H) 0 - 0
8 27.01.2001 FA Cup 4 Aston Villa (A) 2 - 1
9 10.02.2001 Premier League Everton (A) 1 - 2
10 17.02.2001 FA Cup 5 Bristol City (H) 3 - 0
11 24.02.2001 Premier League Sunderland (H) 2 - 0
12 17.03.2001 Premier League Manchester United (A) 0 - 2
13 28.04.2001 Premier League Newcastle United (A) 0 - 1
14 19.05.2001 Premier League Leeds United (A) 1 - 3
15 25.08.2001 Premier League Arsenal (A) 0 - 4
16 10.09.2001 League Cup 2 Blackpool (A) 1 - 0
17 15.09.2001 Premier League Derby County (A) 3 - 2
18 17.09.2001 Premier League Middlesbrough (H) 1 - 2 1
19 26.09.2001 Premier League Newcastle United (A) 0 - 1
20 29.09.2001 Premier League Charlton Athletic (A) 0 - 2
21 09.10.2001 League Cup 3 Leeds United (H) 0 - 6
22 13.10.2001 Premier League Chelsea (A) 0 - 2
23 20.10.2001 Premier League Liverpool (H) 1 - 4
24 29.12.2001 Premier League Bolton Wanderers (A) 2 - 2
25 23.01.2002 Premier League Arsenal (H) 1 - 3
26 26.01.2002 FA Cup 4 West Bromwich Albion (A) 0 - 1
27 30.01.2002 Premier League Liverpool (A) 0 - 1
28 14.12.2002 Division One Millwall (H) 4 - 1
29 04.01.2003 FA Cup 3 Bristol City (H) 2 - 0
30 11.01.2003 Division One Stoke City (H) 0 - 0
31 25.01.2003 FA Cup 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 1 - 4
32 01.02.2003 Division One Crystal Palace (H) 1 - 0
33 08.02.2003 Division One Walsall (A) 4 - 1
34 22.02.2003 Division One Wimbledon (H) 4 - 0
35 04.05.2003 Division One Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 1 - 1
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