On This Day 6th October 1991

Is it really that long ago!! I remember it so well. On this day 6th October 1991 saw Rob Jones make his debut for Liverpool. Just 48 hours after signing for the team he supported as a boy, Jones made his debut for the Reds. More like a baptism of fire really. The debut, as it happens, was against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. Story has it that Jones was signed “by accident” by Liverpool manager at the time, Graeme Souness. Apparently, Souness went to watch Crewe to run the rule over another Crewe player, but came away so impressed with Jones. Souness must have really rated Jones to throw him in at the deep end only 48 hours after signing for the club.

A very impressive debut all round from Jones who made the step up from Crewe to the First Division seamlessly. Asked to mark United dangerman, Ryan Giggs, Jones didn’t put a foot wrong.

His debut, however, lasted 65 minutes as Gary Ablett was dismissed, leaving Liverpool with 10 men. In the subsequent reshuffle, Jones was substituted.

All was well however as Liverpool earned themselves a point in a goalless draw. After such a competent debut and subsequent outstanding performances, it didn’t take Jones long to establish himself on the international scene with England. Even though he was Welsh, having been born in Wrexham.

On This Day 6th October 1991

Although injuries curtailed his Liverpool career, Jones still managed to make it into the “100 Players That Shook The Kop” hall of fame. He came in at a very credible position of 60.

Here is a short video of his Liverpool career….

Unfortunately, his career was cut short by injury at the all to soon age of 27. His last game for Liverpool came in February 1998. During his time at Liverpool, Jones won a League Cup Winners medal and an FA Cup Winners medal. The League Cup win came against Bolton in 1995, while the FA Cup victory was against Sunderland in 1992.

In all his 185 games for the club, Jones unfortunately failed to find the net. It wasn’t for the want of trying though. Many a game he came so close. And as a way of encouragement, the Kop used to will him on regularly. Anytime he got within shooting distance, the Kop used to shout, “Shoot, Shoot!!”. More out of amusement rather than expectation it would seem.

A very underrated player, Jones would have gone on to gain a lot more than his 8 caps for England if it wasn’t for his injuries.

Since his retirement, Jones and his wife, Sue, have developed a “Kids Academy”. This is a franchise business of children’s nurseries across the UK. It is now called “Evolution Childcare” and has now extended overseas to the United Arab Emirates.

Thanks for the memories Rob. Shame you didn’t get that elusive goal. If you had, and it was at the Kop end, it would have brought the house down!! However on this day 6th October 1991 you certainly made a massively good impression with Reds fans everywhere.

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