Gordon Jones

Image DOB: 1 November 1913
Died: 3 December 1999

Debut: Round 1, 1935 against Essendon at MCG
Last Game: Grand Final 1940 against Richmond at MCG

From: Maryborough

Number: 1 (1935-1940)

Premiership Player - 1939, 1940
150 Heroes selection
Victorian state player - 1938 (2 games)
Life Member - 1946

Games: 61
Goals: 2
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Having won the Donald Gift footrace in 1934 the speedy ruckman/defender joined Melbourne in the same batch of players that produced Ron Baggott and Norm Smith. He had a nightmare debut, conceding 12 goals to Essendon's Ted Freyer in his first match but played a total of seven games in his debut season before a broken leg in Round 15 finished his year.

After training with Geelong in the 1936 pre-season while resident in the area, Jones played just two games the next year, before becoming a fixture at centre-half back in 1937. He broke into the side early that year and retained his place right throughout the Fuschias ultimately disappointing finals campaign.

The next year he represented Victoria in two games and was voted the Most Improved Senior Player. After a rocky 1939 campaign where he was down on his best and spent time in the Seconds during the season Jones recovered to play in his first premiership side. During pre-season training he'd gone on the injured list due to blisters suffered in military training. A year later he repeated the feat, despite missing half the season with injuries or military duty.

At the end of that season Jones played in a Army Physical and Recreational Training School team in a wartime fundraiser against the Fire Brigade. It was his last game, as he went to war, serving throughout the rest of World War II.

Jones was a cousin of Colin Niven.

1935 710
1936 210
1937 1500
1938 15012
1939 1200
1940 1000

Interstate representatives
Players who served during war

Also shown as from Avoca and in Air Force in 1944.

Sporting Globe - 10/04/1935
Argus - 27/04/1935
Sporting Globe - 23/03/1935
Football Record R1 1935
Sporting Globe - 16/03/1935
Sun - 05/04/1935
Sporting Globe - 10/04/1935
Argus - 11/04/1935
Sporting Globe - 13/04/1935
Border Morning Mail - 21/08/1935
Age - 22/04/1936
Sporting Globe - 19/07/1939
Argus - 20/09/1940
Sporting Globe - 07/12/1940
Australasian - 24/06/1944

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