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3 July 2014 : David Jones R.I.P. 1935 - 2014
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper David Jones has died, at the age of 79 years old. Born on March 3rd 1935 in Orpington, Kent, he was an Army Corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers who signed for Swansea Town (now Swansea City) in 1955, playing five times for them over the following two years - three times in the league, once in the FA Cup and once in the Welsh Cup.

In 1958, he was signed up from Swansea by manager Jimmy Baldwin and commenced a ten year association with the club that included being part of the club's sides that performed giant-killing acts in the FA Cup over Southend United (twice), Walsall and Crystal Palace, ultimately clocking up 363 appearances for the club before retiring due to injury in the summer of 1967. His nickname at the club was 'Milkbottle' due to his all-white goalkeeper kit.

Not every appearance Dave made for the club was between the sticks though. On April 23rd 1962, he suffered an injury that forced him to relinquish his goalkeeping duties, and with no substitutions available to teams at that time, he took an outfield position, scoring a goal in a 3-1 win at Huish. Two years later he was part of Basil Hayward's side that became 1963-64 Southern League Premier Division Champions, whilst he also twice lifted the Southern League Cup.

Yeovil Town's 1964-65 squad as defending champions of the Southern League
Yeovil Town's 1964-65 squad as defending champions of the Southern League
Dave Jones is pictured second row from the back, fifth player in.

After he retired he became the club's Youth Team Coach, and picked up further silverware as his youngsters won the Yeovil Youth League. His time with the Glovers saw him stand as the club's 12th longest serving player since the end of the Second World War - apart from those early Swansea appearances, he had spent his full footballing career representing Yeovil Town.

Eventually Dave returned back to South Wales. He had met his future wife Shirley at a dance at Mumbles Pier in Swansea, and he returned back there to become a Sales Rep with Walls Ice Cream, before spending 20 years running a Spar shop in Winch Wen, until he retired fully in his late 60s.

David's grandson Greg Evans is a goalkeeping coach with Swansea City's academy set-up. His surviving family include two daughters, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His funeral will be held at Swansea Crematorium on Friday 11th July, at 12.00 noon.

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