Cliff Jones, often referred to as the ‘Welsh Wizard’, is a name that resonates with the glory days of Tottenham Hotspur. Born on February 7, 1935, in Swansea, Wales, Jones is widely regarded as one of the finest wingers in the history of British football.
Jones began his professional career at his hometown club, Swansea Town, in 1952. However, it was his move to Tottenham Hotspur in 1958 that would catapult him into footballing stardom.
At Tottenham, Jones became an integral part of the legendary double-winning side of 1960-61. Under the management of Bill Nicholson, the team clinched both the League Championship and the FA Cup, a feat that was unprecedented in the 20th century. Jones’ speed, skill, and scoring prowess from the wing were instrumental in this historic achievement.
Over the course of his career at Tottenham, Jones made 378 appearances and scored 135 goals, a remarkable tally for a winger. His performances earned him a place in the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.
Jones was not just a club legend, but also a star on the international stage. He earned 59 caps for Wales and scored 16 goals. He was a key player in the Welsh team that reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, their only World Cup appearance to date.
Despite his retirement in 1968, Jones’ legacy at Tottenham Hotspur continues to live on. He is often seen at White Hart Lane, supporting the team he loves and offering his wisdom to the new generation of Spurs players.
Cliff Jones, with his exceptional talent and dedication, has left an indelible mark on Tottenham Hotspur. His contributions to the club and the sport of football will always be remembered and cherished by fans around the world.