Press Releases 2014-2015

Welsh Football Great Receives Honorary Fellowship

17.07.2014

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has awarded an Honorary Fellowship to one of Wales’ greatest ever footballers, Cliff Jones, in Swansea this afternoon (17/06/14).

Clifford William Jones was born in Swansea in 1935. His family produced numerous professional footballers, so it was no surprise that Cliff excelled in football at an early age. At the age of fourteen he captained Swansea School Boys to victory in the Welsh Shield and English Trophy. In 1952 Cliff signed for Swansea Town and a future in football seemed assured, however as a backup he decided to serve an apprenticeship in The Prince of Wales Dry Dock as a sheet metal worker. It was an experience that served him well over the coming years as he appreciated what ‘real work’ was all about.

After just twenty-four games for Swansea, Cliff was selected to play for the Welsh national team and went on to gain fifty-nine caps, scoring sixteen goals. He also represented Wales in the 1958 World Cup, who were defeated in the quarter-finals by the eventual winners Brazil.

Cliff stayed at Swansea for six years, playing 160 games. In 1958 Cliff signed for Tottenham Hotspur for a British record fee of £35,000. His time at Tottenham was a great success. In 1961 he was a member of the first team to win ‘the double’ in the same season, namely the First Division Championship and the FA Cup. He also won the FA Cup in 1962 and 1967. In 1963 Tottenham became the first English team to win a European Trophy, the European Cup Winners Cup. During a ten-year period Cliff played 379 games for Spurs, scoring 159 goals – making him the club’s fourth all-time record goal scorer.

After retirement from football Cliff became a games instructor at an inner London boys school, a post he held for twenty-nine years. Currently Cliff is an ambassador at Tottenham Hotspur. In recognition of his services to football Cliff is included in the Welsh Football Hall of Fame, Swansea City Hall of Fame and the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was inducted into the National Football History Museum Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sport Wales and BBC Cymru.

In 2015, Cliff and his Swansea-born wife Joan will celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. They have four children, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Next Year Cliff has an ambition, at the age of eighty, to run the London Marathon and raise money for St. Francis Hospital, for whom is a Patron.

Cliff Jones said: “As a working-class Swansea boy this award is beyond my wildest dreams. At School I failed my 11 plus and I remember my teacher telling me ‘Jones, there’s more to life than exams and anyway, your brains are in your feet’. As I stand here today, I realise that my teacher was right.”

Thank you to the University for presenting me with this award and for making me a very proud Swansea Jack.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
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steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk