DOB: 13 November 1936
Died: 19 December 1999
Number: 27 1956-1962
First on the list as a Seconds player in 1955, Jones was a half-back/ruckman who played in a Premiership side by his third senior season. He had already been the vice-captain of the 1956 Seconds premiership side, a year which he was promoted to the senior list and played two games.
Jones returned for four games in 1962 then retired at just 25 after suffering another severely broken wrist, owning one of the best win/loss records of any Melbourne player with more than 50 games experience.
After his retirement Jones captain/coached Prahran in the VFA (1962-1963) before playing with Waverley in 1965, coaching Central Districts in the SANFL (1968-1971) and West Perth (1973-1974) in the WAFL, who he took to a Grand Final. The next year the Falcons won just six games and Jones was replaced.
After two years on the board as a director Jones became senior coach for 1978 when Bob Skilton left the club. He gave up a job as Australian sales manager of Applied Chemicals to become one of the highest paid coaches in the league.
He instantly banned players from wearing thongs, t-shirts or tracksuits and outlined plans to have an elite training squad of 25 that would be reviewed fortnightly. When rumblings about his coaching methods started to come to the surface late in the year it was his strict disciplinary measures which were cited as a reason for the team's poor performance. Star player Laurie Fowler had fallen out with Jones during the year but returned soon after.
The side won the wooden spoon and the incoming Wayne Reid administration sacked him one year into a two year contract. Leigh Matthews was an early contender to take the captain-coach role, and there was some talk in newspapers about John Kennedy being lured out of retirement but eventually Carl Ditterich was signed as playing coach for 1979.
May have been recruited from Armadale