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Key Facts

Full name
Leslie Jones

Known as
Les Jones

Nickname
Tiger

Born
22 February 1910

Died
11 January 1956 (aged 45)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 66d
Last game: 31y 77d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
East Fremantle; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 13

Recruited from
East Fremantle (1933)

Les Jones

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East FremantleWANFL1928-193289650.73
MelbourneV/AFL1933-1941121880.7361%16.403.6811
Total1928-19412101530.73

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,000th player to appear, 1,837th most games played, 1,213th most goals kickedMelbourne: 510th player to appear, 121st most games played, 89th most goals kicked

Pacy and skilful, Les Jones played as a small forward and occasional rover during the first part of his career with East Fremantle before switching to the centre. His 89 WANFL games for Old Easts between 1928 and 1932 included membership of three premiership-winning teams. He registered 65 goals.

The 1933 season saw him at Melbourne where he would play 121 VFL games and kick 88 goals. Initially used as a centreman he later migrated to a half forward flank, which was the position he assumed in the 1939 grand final against Collingwood, when he contributed three goals to the Demons’ winning tally of 21.22.

After four games of the 1940 season Jones left Melbourne to take up the coaching role at Terang and he went on to play for VFA side Port Melbourne later that same season, although he was not a member of the Borough team which downed Prahran in the grand final. In 1941 he returned to Melbourne but after making just a single appearance he transferred to Brighton where he eventually ended his playing career in 1945.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; http://demonwiki.org/Les+Jones

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.