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Cliff Jones

Posted on 27 July 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).


Cliff Jones was the jewel in the crown of our most famous side. Snapped-up from Swansea in 1958, the Welsh international recovered from a broken leg to thrill crowds for 10 years at White Hart Lane.
The highlight, of course, was the double-winning season in 1960-61. If Dave Mackay was the heartbeat and Danny Blanchflower the inspiration of that side, Jones was the entertainer. At his best, he was considered the best left winger in the world.

"I was an individual player but Bill Nicholson always reminded me that it had to be within the framework of the team," remembered Jones. "I loved it and couldn't wait to get out there and play.

"I always felt an air of expectancy when I had the ball and loved to respond to it. Bill Nicholson always said to us that the most important people in the stadium were not the players, not the management, but the supporters.

"These people worked 40 hours a week and would then come out and support us and, even more so in those days, their money would pay our wages. The club is a huge part of the community and we were made aware of our responsibilities to them."

Capped 41 times by Wales, Jones scored 15 goals in the double triumph. "We had a great blend of players and personalities and it is not something that could be easily repeated, especially the way we played," he added.

"Winning wasn't enough, it had to be done with a certain style. I had 10 years at the club and I loved everything about the period.

"It was a brilliant 10 years for me and I look back on it with great affection. It was a privilege to be involved."

Jones moved to Fulham from Spurs before winding down his career in non-league football. He still teaches PE on a part-time basis at Highbury Grove School.