178 appearances, 5 goals
“Tommy had everything. No coach could ever coach him or teach him anything. He was neater than John Charles, for instance, and could get himself out of trouble just by running towards the ball and then letting it run between his legs, knowing his team-mate would be in a position to make it.” – Dixie Dean
This gracile Welsh centre half was bought for £3,000 from Wrexham, and – alongside Tommy Lawton and Joe Mercer – was a key part of Everton’s resurgence, culminating in the 1939 League Championship. The Everton team of the time had youth and dynamism and Jones was a classy and technically-advanced defender. Dixie Dean once described Jones as “the best all-round player I’ve ever seen”. Stalked by Roma in the 1940’s, Jones instead stayed at Goodison after a £15,000 move collapsed. Known as the “Prince of Wales”, the unflappable Jones played 175 times for Everton.
This technically advanced defender, who was the only player given special dispensation to head the ball back to ‘keeper Ted Sagar, would fit seamlessly into any team.