West Ham United

William James Jones

Born: Penrhiwceiber

Signed: 1901 (Kettering Town)

Position: Defender

Appearances: 15


Left: 1902 (Aberamen)

Internation Caps:


William James Jones played for Aberdare in Wales. In was a highly regarded wing half and won two international caps while captain of Aberdare. In September, 1901, Jones moved to Kettering Town. At the same time West Ham signed Peter Kyle, a very talented centre forward from Scotland. Both men failed to settle with their new clubs and Kyle was exchanged with Jones. On 3rd March, 1902, Jones became the first West Ham player to be capped for his country when he represented Wales against England at Wrexham. The result was a 0-0 draw. However, in his next game a couple of weeks later, he was a member of the Wales team that lost 5-1 to Scotland. In 1902 Jones returned to Wales and played for Aberamen. Later he moved to Rogerstone (1904-06). William James Jones joined the British Army during the First World War and while serving with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers he was killed in Serbia on 6th May, 1918.