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Dennis Jones

Image DOB: 13 November 1936
Died: 19 December 1999

Debut: Round 11, 1956 against Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval
Last Game: Round 18, 1962 against Carlton at MCG

From: ?

Number: 27 1956-1962

Honours:
Premiership Player - 1959
Seconds Premiership player - 1956

Games: 59
Goals: 4
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
4511376.27

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 was left out of the 1960 finals series after playing 15 games for the year and didn't play at all in 1961 after breaking his left wrist in a practice match.

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.

Despite his injury Jones was runner-up in the 1962 Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the Reserves competition.

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.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1956 210
1957 200
1958 1600
1959 2033
1960 1500
1962 400

Coaching

MatchesWinsDrawsLosses%
22501722.73

First game as coach: Round 1, 1978 vs Hawthorn at Princes Park
Last game as coach: Round 22, 1978 vs Collingwood at MCG

Image 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.

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Notes
May have been recruited from Armadale

Media
Argus - 06/06/1956
Age - 28/03/1961
Football Record R1 1963
Age - 29/11/1978
Herald Sun 23/12/1999
Herald Sun 11/01/2000

Links
Australian Rules Football profile
VFA Project profile
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Tuesday 13 November 2018 00:54:34 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 41)

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