Sunday, 27 March 2011
315 Steve Jones
Position : Forward
Played : 2001-02 (on loan from Crewe)
Appearances : 9
Goals : 1
Steve was brought in for two months in February 2002 after Paul Connor succumbed to injury again. Steve made his name as a prolific scorer for Leigh Genesis after failing to make the grade at Blackpool. In July 2001 Crewe took him back into League football for £75,000 but he'd only made 4 appearances (all defeats) before his arrival at Spotland.
Steve looked lively but lacking in confidence in front of goal though he managed to get off the mark in the away defeat at Scunthorpe. It looked like he was heading in the same direction as Paul Wheatcroft.
Instead Paul established himself in the Crewe first team the following season scoring 9 goals in 33 appearances and made his international debut for Northern Ireland in the summer. He eventually left Crewe for Burnley in 2006 having scored 39 goals in 158 appearances. Steve scored twice on his debut but thereafter found goals hard to come by finishing the season with just 4. After a long goalless streak he finished the following season back at Crewe on loan. In his last season with Burnley he only made appearances on loan at other clubs having a barren spell with Huddersfield and a slightly more productive one at Bradford. Steve was released in May 2009 and joined Walsall. To date he has scored 9 goals in 45 appearances but is currently on loan at Motherwell.
He has also scored once in 29 appearances for Northern Ireland.