David "Di" Jones
(1867 – 27 August 1902) was a Welsh footballer
who played as a full back
, Bolton Wanderers
and Manchester City
in the late 19th century. He also won 14 caps for the Welsh national team
Born in Trefonen
, Jones began his career with Chirk, with whom he won the Welsh Cup
in 1887 and 1888, the latter as captain. He was then persuaded to join Newton Heath
. However, he soon moved on to Bolton Wanderers in March 1889 after just two friendly appearances for the Heathens. At Bolton, he captained the side in the 1894 FA Cup Final
, but finished on the losing side as Notts County
defeated Wanderers 4–1. In ten years at Bolton, Jones made a total of 228 appearances and scored four goals, before moving to Manchester City, where his former Chirk team-mate Billy Meredith
was a player. He made his Manchester City debut against Luton Town
on 8 October 1898. In his first season at City the club won promotion
to the First Division
, the highest level of English football. He scored one goal in 114 appearances for City.
On 17 August 1902, Jones was playing in a pre-season practice match when he suffered a cut to his knee after falling on a piece of glass. The wound became infected, and Jones died a few days later.
Jones made his debut for the Wales national team on 3 March 1888, playing at right-half in an 11–0 victory over Ireland
. In a twelve-year international career, Jones made a total of 16 appearances, but two, against Canada
in 1891, were uncapped. His final Wales appearance came on 26 March 1900, a 1–1 draw with England
in which he played at right-back.