Date of Birth : Jan 5th 1965

Born in Watford to a father who worked as a gamekeeper. He started his football career in 1984 at non-league Wealdstone, during which time he combined playing football with being a hod-carrier. He played one season in second-level Swedish club IFK Holmsund in 1986 and helped them win the series. Later that year he moved to Wimbledon for a £10,000 fee. He was part of the ‘Crazy Gang’ team that won the FA Cup in 1988, arguably the club’s greatest achievement. He subsequently played for Leeds United, Sheffield United, and Chelsea, before moving back to Wimbledon again in 1992. He played over 250 games for the Dons, before briefly becoming player/coach of QPR in 1998. When overlooked for the vacant post of manager of QPR, he announced his retirement from the game.

While a footballer, he became quickly infamous for his brutal “hard man” image, which frequently brought much criticism of his style of play. He was sent off 12 times in his career, and once was booked after only five seconds of play. In one notorious incident he distracted Paul Gascoigne by grabbing his testicles. During another match, he ended the career of Tottenham defender Gary Stevens with a vicious tackle. However, during his season at Leeds United, he proved that he could prosper and play well without the illegal side of his game, and under the stewardship of Howard Wilkinson only received 3 yellow cards in the whole season.

A high point in his football career was when he was chosen to play international football for Wales. Despite his Welsh surname, the qualifying relationship was his grandfather on his mother’s side, who came from Ruthin, north Wales. He earned eight caps and even captained the side.

Vinnie has stated that he would eventually like to return to football, with it possibly being Leeds United he returns to football with. Jones told Yorkshire Radio “I will come back without a doubt, Leeds fans gave me so much and it’s a club very close to my heart.” Currently, when his acting schedule allows, he turns out for the over-35 team of Los Angeles amateur club Hollywood United, alongside several other football-playing celebrities.

In Mean Machine, Jones played a famous footballer. He also had a part in episode 2, season 1 of the BBC show, Extras.




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