A promising young lad who made the squad for the Portsmouth cup
game and played the whole of the second half after Danny Granville
came off with an injury. In 1999-2000 he was a regular on the bench
and has made some competent appearances in midfield, as well as being
voted Welsh Young Player of the Year and making his full international
debut for Wales.
At the start of the 2000-01 season, it was clear he wasn't regarded
as a particularly good option by DOL, and with the club needing the
money to ensure that the transfers of Keane and Ferdinand went
through, he was sold to Leicester.
After taking some time to impress new manager Dave Bassett he got
himself into the side but suffered a cruciate ligament injury at
Liverpool early in 2002 which has kept him on the sidelines for the
whole year, but at the start of 2003 has come back into the side and
has also return to the Welsh national team. He was made available
on a free transfer at the end of the 2002-03 season.
Jessica says: I met Matthew Jones in about 1996 when he came to
play in the Dallas Cup soccer tournament at my high school in Texas,
USA. Yes, we took a photo together, too. I happened upon this website
and I'm glad to see that he is successful!
Dan Leadbeater says: I went to School with Matthew and have
remained friends with him ever since!. He came to my school in Boston
Spa whilst being a YTS player at Leeds. I have stayed in touch with
him and he still remains one of my best mates. So much so I am going
to his wedding this saturday in Wales which should be great. He is
doing well after recovering from a bad injury but only last week was
told he is to find a new club by leicester!. I feel for him. But he is
a great player and person and will bounce back with ease im
sure!. Leicester will regret releasing him just as Leeds will! Come on
Peter Reid sign him up!. Matt Jones is great lad with agreat heart and
I wish him all the best in world!