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Former Swansea Town goalkeeper David Jones has died

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 03, 2014

David Jones, former Swansea Town goalkeeper, who has died.

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FORMER Swansea Town goalkeeper David Jones has died at the age of 79.

Born in Orpington, Kent, he was a corporal in the REME before signing for the club in 1955.

Over the next two seasons he made three league appearances, and one each in the FA Cup and the Welsh Cup.

He later joined non-league Yeovil Town, helping them to win the Southern League Cup and Premier Division. And he also helped them reach the FA Cup third round in 1963/64.

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Against Romford in 1962 injury forced him out of goal, but then he popped up as an outfield player and scored.

Nicknamed Milkbottle at Yeovil because of his all-white kit, he was forced to retire at the end of the 1966/67 season due to injury.

His daughter Debbie Evans said: “He met my mother Shirley at a dance at Mumbles Pier. He played at Swansea with Harry Griffiths, who was best man at his wedding, Mel Nurse and the Allchurchs’.

“His grandson Greg Evans is currently a goalkeeping coach in the Swans Academy. After playing he was a sales rep with Walls Ice Cream for South Wales and then he and my mother ran a Spar in Winch Wen for about 20 years until about 10 years ago.”

Mr Jones, of Llangyfelach, leaves two daughters, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at Swansea Crematorium next Friday (July11) at noon.

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  • mdcurran  |  July 04 2014, 6:43PM

    I was shocked at the news tonight. It's really upsetting when you lose a neighbour who looked so well the last time I spoke to him. A really nice guy was Dave, and so was his late wife Shirley. My heart goes out to the family. I'm so sorry for you all.

  • moggs  |  July 03 2014, 9:20PM

    I share your sentiments,luggys. RIP.

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  • luggys  |  July 03 2014, 8:19PM

    Once a Jack, Always a Jack. R.I.P

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