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Key Facts

Full name
Peter Kevin Jones

Known as
Peter 'Percy' Jones

Nickname
Percy

Born
20 October 1946 (age 75)

Place of birth
Hobart, TAS (7000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 297d
Last game: 32y 344d

Height and weight
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 105 kg

Senior clubs
North Hobart; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 28

Recruited from
North Hobart (1966)

State of origin
TAS

Peter 'Percy' Jones

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North HobartTANFL1965
CarltonV/AFL1966-19792492841.1469%8.134.695.5960
Total1965-19792492841.14

AFL: 7,872nd player to appear, 277th most games played, 215th most goals kickedCarlton: 790th player to appear, 14th most games played, 14th most goals kicked

Invariably known as 'Percy' rather than by his given name of Peter, Jones was an indefatigably exuberant footballer who became something of a folk hero at Carlton, where he spent no fewer than 15 seasons as player and coach. Originally from Tasmania, he crossed to the mainland after an excellent 1965 season which saw him represent his state against the VFA in Melbourne, and put in a near best afield performance for his club, North Hobart, in a losing Grand Final against Glenorchy. 

Jones' VFL debut with Carlton was delayed until round 16 the following year after he was seriously injured in a car accident, but once he had secured his place there was no looking back. For much of his 249-game league career he was the Blues' second ruckman, spending the majority of his time in a forward pocket where his uninhibited displays of exhilaration after kicking a goal became something of a trademark.

Jones played his best football between 1972 and 1974 when given the responsibility of leading the team's rucks. He was one of Carlton's best in its 1972 Grand Final defeat of Richmond, and the following year saw him voted the club's best and fairest player. Jones also played in premiership sides in 1968, 1970 and 1979, as well as in the grand final losses of 1969 and 1973. In 1977 he had the satisfaction of helping a VFL representative side to a 24.28 (172) to 9.9 (63) massacre of his home state in Hobart.

Jones' last league game was the 1979 Grand Final victory over Collingwood, and the following season saw him assume the coaching reins at the club. He lasted just one year in the role, however, as the Blues' capitulation in the finals after a strong home and away series was not well received by the club's committee, which replaced him with David Parkin. As if to demonstrate that there were no hard feelings, 'Percy' Jones later became a Carlton committee member himself.

Despite playing only very briefly with North Hobart, in August 2000 Jones was included in the club's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'. He has also been inducted as a Legend into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's Tasmanian Football Companion

Footnotes

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