Spurs’ Hall of Fame. Chapter one: Cliff Jones

By on August 4, 2010

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Written by Viorel Mesca.

Starting this week, football-talk.co.uk wishes to invite Spurs’ fans to take a look at Tottenham’s most notable players who were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their contribution to the club. Our first pick is former Welsh football international Clifford William Jones.

Cliff Jones was capped 59 times for Wales, scoring 16 goals, and at his best, was considered the best left winger in the world.  The enthusiastic winger was born in Swansea and made his debut for Swansea Town in 1952. For Swansea, he played 168 League games and scored 47 goals. Jones was part of the Wales team that beat England 2-1 on 22 October 1955.

In the summer of 1958, he travelled to Sweden with the Welsh national team for the FIFA World Cup, where Wales did a great job losing agonizingly to Brazil in the quarterfinals. In 1958, he was bought by Bill Nicholson for Tottenham and quickly became a fan favourite and indispensable to the development of the team.

The 1960-1961 season was a historic one for domestic football in England, as Spurs became the first club in the 20th century to “Do the Double” by winning both the League and the FA Cup. Jones was seen as the entertainer of the most famous Tottenham side, and was one of the stars of the famous 1963 Cup Winners Cup Final against reigning holders Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam in which Spurs hammered the Spaniards 5-1, a scoreline which remains the joint largest margin of victory in a one-match European final.

Jones delighted the crowds for 10 years at white Hart Lane, as he starred in 370 games in all competitions scoring 159 goals in the process. According to an interview given to tottenhamhotspur.com, Jones remembered:

“I was an individual player but Bill Nicholson always reminded me that it had to be within the framework of the team. I loved it and couldn’t wait to get out there and play.

I always felt an air of expectancy when I had the ball and loved to respond to it. Bill Nicholson always said to us that the most important people in the stadium were not the players, not the management, but the supporters.

These people worked 40 hours a week and would then come out and support us and, even more so in those days, their money would pay our wages. The club is a huge part of the community and we were made aware of our responsibilities to them.

We had a great blend of players and personalities and it is not something that could be easily repeated, especially the way we played.

Winning wasn’t enough, it had to be done with a certain style. I had 10 years at the club and I loved everything about the period.

It was a brilliant 10 years for me and I look back on it with great affection. It was a privilege to be involved.”

In 1968 Jones left the White Hart Lane for Fulham, before finishing his career in non-league football. Mention should be that that Jones came from a great footballing family. His uncle Bryn Jones played for Arsenal in the 1930s; his father Ivor Jones played for Wales during the same decade. His grandson is Scott Neilson.

Cliff Jones will always be remembered as the “jewel in the crown” of Spurs’ most famous side.

Dear readers, please feel free to write to write your thoughts about Cliff Jones.

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7 Comments

  1. Gary Hand

    August 4, 2010 at 10:20 am

    My family have been SPURS season ticket holders and fans for over 100 years. I was as a kid asked to sign for Spurs by Bill Nicholson this was at 16 but chose Watford instead for stupid reasons. Started going to Spurs in the double season when i was 10. Cliff and Dave Mackay became my idols. Imagine when I was playing at Wealdstone when I end up playing in the same side as Cliff Jones .He even told me to take the free kicks because I had a good left foot and you all know how good he was in the air.That was a great team and he was the most exciting player

  2. Viorel Mesca

    August 4, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Dear Gary,

    I can’t possibly imagine the feeling of playing in the same side as Cliff. It must have felt fantastic!

    Do you have any other memories regarding Cliff? A goal, a dribiling, a match that really impressed you? I would love to read them.

    Best regards!

  3. alan granville

    August 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Probably the greatest winger we’ve ever had. In his first season at Spurs he was inclined to run up blind alleys and Jimmy Greaves said once that if you opened up the gates he’d be halfway up the Tottenham High Rd.
    He was also wonderful in the air. Thinking of him and Lennon on the wings just makes me drool

  4. lilywhitemike

    August 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Cliff Jones = legend! I often see him at the shops in town and he always has time to stop and chat about Spurs, you can he just loves Tottenham. Everyone in our town used to go to the Cliff Jones soccer school when we were younger, was the best part of summer. A true gent, and a true Spurs great!!

  5. Lightning Smith

    August 5, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Blanchflower to White a clever move to release Jones, here comes the cross up goes Smith , Its There. Wonderful football.

  6. sally ( thomas) hobson

    January 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    HYE< i was told by my dad cliff jones was on radio 5 yesterday 9 feb 22nd 2011) so i got it on i player & listended! he told my sister and her son he his is uNCLE! ehthel was my grandmother! i love to hear from him a smy son loves footy & i got 2 nephews who play very well at it! sally … i was very gobsmacked by this!

  7. Dave Harvey

    April 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    we met cliff jones and garry mabut going into wembly on sat for semi against chelsea.We had a laugh and joke they were happy to meet us and have photos with us .MY one is top banana and will be central in my collection of memrobilia.the result did not go our way but we are very close to having the best side scince Cliff played .Dave Darren Chris

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