184 Ellis Jones

Biography

Inside forward Ellis Jones joined Bill McCracken’s Tigers in May 1925 and spent one season at the club before returning to the North East football scene. He had to wait until the closing weeks of the season to make his first team debut and he played in eight consecutive games, scoring his only goal for the Tigers in a March 1926 4-0 defeat of Stockport County. Despite this run of games Jones was allowed to leave the Tigers in the 1926 close season.

Ellis Jones was born in the shadows of Oakenshaw Colliery, between Crook and Durham City. His family home was located alongside the incline railway that took the coal to Willington and beyond across the central Durham coalfield belt. The youngest of seven children, Jones’ father was a coal miner who hailed from Lancashire and moved to County Durham as a young man to seek work in the rapidly growing coal extraction and coking industry. Ellis also worked as a coal miner in his younger years while playing local league football as a forward. He spent the 1924/25 season at North Eastern League side Spennymoor United and scored 22 goals, form that attracted the extensive scouting tentacles of Hull City.

Jones returned to the North East in the 1926 close season and joined North Eastern League side Annfield Plain. He rediscovered his form and in the 1927/28 season he scored 36 goals in six months, once again attracting the attention of Football League sides, this time Oldham Athletic. His transfer to Oldham was completed in February 1928 and he scored on his debut against Preston two months later, adding a second start a week later against his former club Hull City. Jones started five games in the 1928/29 season and scored twice against Preston (again) and Southampton but dropped out of the first team picture in October 1928. He joined Workington Town for the 1929/30 season then returned to the North East and rejoined Spennymoor United. By 1933 he was living in Blackhall Colliery village on the County Durham coast, the new frontier for coal extraction in Durham in the 1920s and 1930s. Ellis was working as a miner and playing for the Colliery team’s reserve side. In his later years Jones returned to the central Durham area, which is where he died in October 1972.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 5 April 1900, Oakenshaw
Hull City First Game: 3 March 1926, South Shields A (Division Two), 25 years, 332 days old
Hull City Final Game: 10 April 1926, Stoke City H (Division Two), 26 years, 5 days old

Clubs

Stanley United, Willington, Crook Town, Spennymoor United (1924-1925), Hull City (1925-1926), Annfield Plain (1926-1928), Oldham Athletic (1928-1929), Workington Town (1929-1930), Spennymoor United, Blackhall Colliery Welfare

Hull City Record

Career: 8 apps, 1 goals

Ellis Jones
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