- Jimmy Jones (Northern Irish footballer)
Jimmy Jones, from
Lurganin County Armagh, Northern Irelandwas an Irish Leaguefootballer in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. Jones played for Belfast Celticin an infamous game in 1948 against Linfield at Windsor Park. There was rioting at the end of the game and Jones was thrown over the wall which surrounded the pitch. He suffered a broken leg and Belfast Celticwithdrew from Irish football. Celtic Park in Belfast is now a shopping centre.
Jones joined Glenavon in
Lurganand, contrary to the myth which suggested that his career was ruined by his broken leg, was the leading Irish League goalscorer for some years in the fifties. He scored three goals in the Irish League team which defeated the Football League5 - 3 at Windsor Parkin 1953. Jones played in two full international games for Northern Ireland, the last in 1956 when Northern Ireland drew 1 - 1 with England at Windsor Park in the now defunct British Home Championship.
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