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Vinnie Jones
Jones at Comic-Con promoting The Midnight Meat Train in July 2007
Personal information
Full name Vincent Peter Jones
Date of birth 5 January 1965 (1965-01-05) (age 45)
Place of birth Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Wealdstone
1986 Holmsund
1986–1989 Wimbledon 77 (9)
1989–1990 Leeds United 46 (5)
1990–1991 Sheffield United 35 (2)
1991–1992 Chelsea 42 (4)
1992–1998 Wimbledon 177 (14)
1998–1999 Queens Park Rangers 9 (1)
Total 386 (33)
National team
1994–1997 Wales 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British footballer-turned-film actor.

Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team having qualified via a Welsh grandparent. He also previously played for Chelsea and Leeds United. As a member of the "Crazy Gang", Jones won the 1988 FA Cup Final with Wimbledon.

He has capitalised on his tough man image as a footballer and is known as an actor for his aggressive style and intimidating demeanour.



Football career

Vinnie Jones was born in Watford to a Peter Jones (a gamekeeper) and Glenda Harris Jones.[2] He started his football career in 1984 at Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone, during which time he combined playing football with being a hod carrier.[3] He played one season with second-level Swedish club IFK Holmsund in 1986 and helped them win the league.[4]

Later that year he moved to Wimbledon for £10,000. He was part of the 'Crazy Gang' team that won the 1988 FA Cup Final against Liverpool, arguably the club's greatest achievement. He subsequently played for Leeds United, where he was part of a young side under the management of Howard Wilkinson. During his time there, he won promotion to the old Division one from the second division. After helping them win promotion to the top-flight as Champions of Division Two, Jones proved that he could thrive without the illegal side of his game, and under the stewardship of Wilkinson, he received only three yellow cards in the whole season.

Jones left Leeds after losing his first team place to David Batty and Gary Speed, much to the disappointment of the Leeds fans, in order to seek regular first team football. To this day, he remains a hugely popular figure with the Leeds fans, Vinnie also has a Leeds United badge tattoo on his leg (after having helped them to the 1989/90 second division championship)[5]. Jones also showed his passion for the club when he returned to Leeds for Lucas Radebe's testimonial in 2006. Vinnie also played for Sheffield United and Chelsea, before moving back to Wimbledon again in 1992 where he played over 250 games, before briefly becoming player/coach of QPR in 1998, scoring on his debut against Huddersfield Town.[6] When overlooked for the vacant post of manager of QPR, he announced he would move to Manchester United.

During his playing days, he was renowned for his "hard man" image, an aspect of his play that was frequently the target of criticism. He was sent off 12 times in his career, as well as holding the record for the quickest ever booking in a football match, being booked after just three seconds for a foul on the opposition player Dane Whitehouse in a Premier League tie between Chelsea and Sheffield United in 1992.[7] In his autobiography, he recalls fondly: "I must have been too high, too wild, too strong or too early, because, after three seconds, I could hardly have been too bloody late!". In one notorious incident, Jones is photographed grabbing Paul Gascoigne by his testicles in order to faze him.[8] In November 1986, in a match between Tottenham and Wimbledon, he was responsible for a dangerous challenge on defender Gary Stevens, an injury that Stevens never fully recovered from and eventually caused him to retire in 1992.[9]

He also was the presenter of the infamous Soccer's Hard Men video released in 1992, which featured archived footage of himself and many other "hard men" of the game, and included advice for budding "hard men". After the release of the video, Jones was fined £20,000, banned for six months, and suspended for three years from The FA for "bringing the game into disrepute." Wimbledon chairman Sam Hammam branded Jones a "mosquito brain". Jones continued to find trouble. After exceeding 40 disciplinary points he was once again summoned to Lancaster Gate, but failed to appear. The FA banned Jones indefinitely. Jones explained that he had "mixed up" the date of the hearing; the FA imposed a four-match ban and told Jones to "grow up"."[10] Jones commented later: "The FA have given me a pat on the back. I've taken violence off the terracing and onto the pitch."[11]

Many of Jones' fellow professionals were quick to condemn both the video and Jones himself. One of his most vocal critics was David Ginola, who said, "Jones does not deserve to be considered a footballer. Getting kicked is part of the job in France as well as England, but the real scandal is that someone like Jones gets to be a star, to make videos and become an example for kids."

Jones was so desperate to play international football he looked to distant relations and was photographed wearing an Republic of Ireland jersey before being chosen by Wales. Though Jones is a common surname in Wales, the qualifying relationship was his maternal grandfather, who came from Ruthin, north Wales. He earned nine caps and even captained the side.

Jones's international call-up was however greeted with consternation and even ridicule by Jimmy Greaves, who said, "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!".

Jones has stated that he would eventually like to return to football, possibly to Leeds. Jones told Yorkshire Radio "I will come back without a doubt, Leeds fans gave me so much and it's a club very close to my heart."[12]

Jones made an appearance in Ireland for Carlisle United, coming on as a second-half substitute in 2001 against Shelbourne, teaming up with friend Roddy Collins who was manager at the time.

Film career

Other works

Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, and Bradley Cooper at San Diego Comic-Con International promoting the film The Midnight Meat Train in July 2007
Born Vincent Peter Jones
5 January 1965 (1965-01-05) (age 45)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Other name(s) Vinnie Jones
Occupation footballer, actor, film producer, composer, singerVinnie Jones at Discogs</ref>
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Tanya Jones (1994-present)
Official website

In 1998 Jones published his autobiography, "Vinnie: The Autobiography",[13] which was later revised and reprinted a year later to include information on his 1998 feature film debut in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He later starred in Guy Ritchie's next blockbuster, Snatch as Bullet-Tooth Tony.

On 6 December 1998, Jones appeared at the World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view Capital Carnage, where he played up his 'hard man' image, acting as a special guest enforcer for the main event. Before the match he had a (staged) fight with fellow enforcer The Big Bossman and was "red carded" and kicked out. He came back at the end of the show to drink beer with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and referee Earl Hebner. Jones returned to the promotion, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, on 18 February 2007 at No Way Out, where he claimed he had "kicked Stone Cold's arse" on the set of The Condemned.

In May 2002, Jones played a character in the music video for Westlife's single 'Bop Bop Baby'. In November 2002, he released an album of blues and soul songs on Telstar called Respect in the UK, as his musical debut under the tuition of Phil Edwards. He also appeared in a series of UK TV advertisements for Bacardi.

Jones appeared on the first episode of the second season of the current Top Gear in their 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' segment. He managed to make it around the track in 1' 53".

In 2000, Jones caused controversy when he appeared in an ad for a drink called "Red Devil". In the ad, Jones is pruning flowers in his garden when he sees a robin crying because its bird feeder is empty. Jones fills the feeder, and places it on the windowsill of his kitchen. Seeing the feeder, the robin flies at it, collides with the kitchen window, and slides down the pane while Jones bursts out laughing. Many parents said the ad (which drew about 390 complaints) was tasteless, and upsetting for children. Later, the ad was shown only after the nine o'clock watershed. The ad was eventually axed.

Jones was the first ever guest host for The Friday Night Project when it first aired on Channel 4 in February 2005. In the same year he also had a minor role in the film She's the Man as coach Dinklage. As of September 2006, Jones' image and voice are being used in a campaign by UK bookmakers Ladbrokes to promote greyhound racing, a sport Jones has been connected with in the past, as a racing dog owner and an enthusiast. Jones has recently appeared as himself in an RAC commercial also featuring his wife, Tanya.

Jones became recognized to American audiences in the 2006 movie, X-Men: The Last Stand, as the mutant, Juggernaut. Jones said that he would like to play Juggernaut in a spin-off. His line in the movie, I'm the Juggernaut Bitch!, is based on an already existing Internet parody.

The opening track of Joss Stone 2007 album Introducing Joss Stone features a short speech by Jones.

Jones narrated the TV series Vinnie Jones’ Toughest Cops. The series commenced airing in 2008 on ITV4 in the UK. Each episode to date has examined the work of a police force in a different country in the world, concentrating on dangerous aspects of the work. The first show concerned police in Colombia.

Vinnie performed a cover version of the song "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" on the popular British television show, TOTP2 in December 2002.

Jones is said to have been cast as The Kurgan in the remake of the 1986 cult classic Highlander.

Jones also appeared in the US series Chuck - in episode 2 of the third series he plays an arms dealer (the main villain).

Jones was a housemate on the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother 2010,[14] and celebrated his 45th birthday while he participated. He took part in the show to change the public's perception of him as a 'hard man'.[15] Jones received loud cheers as he entered the house and was the favourite to win going into the house, however he did not maintain popularity with the public, the crowd chanted 'Get Vinnie Out' on the final night and booed him as he left the house after he finished in third place. Speaking of his experience on the show, he said: "It was like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in there - and I was Jack Nicholson."[16]

During the January 29th broadcast of Celebrity Big Brother, Vinnie Jones accused Davina McCall of 'walking like a retard', McCall responded by laughing and Jones then mimed what he meant. Despite immediate protests by disability charities, individual disabled people and a Facebook campaign[[17], [18] it was not until February 12th that Channel 4 removed the incident from its on-demand service 4oD and issued an apology, blaming the failure on the 'tiredness' of production staff. Vinnie Jones and Davina McCall issued apologies via their respective publicists at around the same time. The tardiness of the response drew unfavourable comment from disability groups

Jones is soon to be the star of a new comic book, Noble, written and drawn by Howard Chaykin.[19]

Personal life

During his football career he resided in Dronfield, near Sheffield. Jones married Tanya Terry in 1994 in Watford. She has a daughter, Kaley Jay Terry (born 1987, Watford), by her first husband, footballer Steve Terry. She had a heart transplant straight after the birth and is a cervical cancer survivor.[20] Jones has a son, Aaron Elliston Jones (born 1991, Sheffield),[21] by Mylene Elliston. His son joined the British Army, completing his training in August 2008, and serves in the Blues and Royals.[22]

Jones, his wife and daughter live in Los Angeles;[23] they also have a home in Hertfordshire.

After participating in a charity football match alongside fellow British Hollywood film actor Jason Statham, Jones was approached by a Los Angeles Galaxy scout and asked whether he would go for a trial at the club. Jones laughed off the offer by saying "You're 15 years too late".[24]

Jones is a vocal supporter of the British Conservative Party and has suggested standing as an MP.[25]

Jones has had several brushes with the law. He was convicted in June 1998 of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage against a neighbour in November 1997.[26] In December 2003, Jones was convicted of air rage offenses committed on a flight the previous May. Following his conviction, Bacardi withdrew the ads in which Jones appeared. In December 2008 he was treated for injuries and arrested after a bar fight at Wiley's Tavern in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The fight is alleged to have been started over Jones attempting to join a game of pool with patrons Juan Barrera and Jesse Bickett. Jones was alleged to have dealt a headbutt to Barrera, while Bickett allegedly struck Jones with a beer glass. Jones was charged with misdemeanor assault which could have landed him in jail for one year if he had been convicted.[27] Jones was found not guilty after a two-day trial on 15 May 2009.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1986-87 Wimbledon First Division 22 4
1987-88 24 2
1988-89 31 3
1989-90 Leeds United Second Division 45 5
1990-91 1 0
1990-91 Sheffield United First Division 31 2
1991-92 4 0
1991-92 Chelsea First Division 35 3
1992-93 Premier League 7 1
1992-93 Wimbledon Premier League 27 1
1993-94 33 2
1994-95 33 3
1995-96 31 3
1996-97 29 3
1997-98 24 0
1997-98 Queens Park Rangers First Division 7 1
1998-99 2 0
Total England 386 33
Career Total 386 33



Year Title Role Other notes
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Big Chris
2000 Snatch Bullet Tooth Tony
Gone in 60 Seconds Sphinx
2001 Swordfish Marco
Mean Machine Danny Meehan
2002 Night at the Golden Eagle Rodan
2004 The Big Bounce Lou Harris
Tooth The Extractor
EuroTrip Mad Maynard
Blast! Michael Kittredge
Survive Style 5+ Killer
2005 Number One Girl Dragos Molnar
Hollywood Flies Sean (TV Movie)
Slipstream Winston Briggs
Submerged Henry
Mysterious Island Bob (TV Movie)
2006 Johnny Was Johnny Doyle
She's the Man Coach Dinklage
Played Detective Brice
The Other Half Trainer
X-Men: The Last Stand Cain Marko/Juggernaut
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Rommel (voice)
2007 7-10 Split Roddy
Strength and Honour Smasher O'Driscoll
The Riddle Mike Sullivan
The Condemned Ewan McStarley
Tooth & Nail Mongrel
2008 Loaded Mr. Black
Hell Ride Billy Wings
Midnight Meat Train Mahogany
2009 The Heavy Dunn
The Bleeding Cain
Piers Morgan's Life Stories Himself TV Interview Show
Legend of the Bog Mr. Hunter
Year One Sargon
Not Another Not Another Movie Nancy upcoming film
2010 You May Not Kiss the Bride Brick upcoming film
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball McTeague
Magic Boys Jack Varga in production
The Irishman Keith Ritson upcoming film
The Return Of The Ripper Bernard Rumored film





  1. ^ "Biography for Vinnie Jones". 
  2. ^ biography
  3. ^ Borras, Kevin; Slater, Matt (1996-10-17), "All for one!", Match of the Day magazine (BBC) (10): 10–13 
  4. ^ (Swedish) IFK Holmsund
  5. ^ Vinnie Jones' Tattoos
  6. ^ "QPR's hard men have the first laugh". The Independent. 28 March 1998. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Knowledge unlimited
  8. ^ The infamous Vinnie Jones incident - The Weird Picture Archive
  9. ^ Samuel, Martin (16 September 2009). "Diving? We must leave it to the ref". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  10. ^ The Sunday TimesIllustrated History Of Football Reed International Books Limited 1996. p327 ISBN 1-85613-341-9
  11. ^ Peter Ball and Paul Shaw The umbro Book Of Football Quotations Ebury Press 1996. p103 ISBN 0-09-180887-1
  12. ^ Sky Sports (26/10/2006). "Jones backs Wise revolution" (accessed 26th Sept 2006)
  13. ^ Jones, Vinnie (1999). Vinnie:The Autobiography. Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7472-5914-3. 
  14. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother: profile of all 2010 contestants", The Daily Telegraph, 2010-01-04,, retrieved 2010-01-04 
  15. ^ Dane Bowers the new Celebrity Big Brother favourite despite saucy past
  16. ^ Charles, Chris (10 February 2010). "Quotes of the week". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "Press Release | Media |". 
  18. ^
  19. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Vinnie Jones And Howard Chaykin's NOBLE
  20. ^ Tanya believes she was spared to save me - and my job is to give her the best life I can, says Vinnie Jones
  21. ^ Births England and Wales 1984-2006
  22. ^ Vinnie Jones watches son's passing out parade
  23. ^ Vinnie Jones Star Bio,
  24. ^ Vinnie Jones 'offered a trial' at LA Galaxy after charity match | Mail Online
  25. ^ Vinnie Jones' political aspirations
  26. ^ BBC News | UK | Vinnie Jones guilty of assault
  27. ^ Vinnie Jones arrested in bar scuffle Times Online Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  28. ^ National Football Teams: Player - Vinnie Jones
  29. ^ Respect: Vinnie Jones: Music
  30. ^ Wooly Bully: Vinnie Jones: Music

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Simple English

Vinnie Jones
Personal information
Full name Vincent Peter Jones
Date of birth 5 January 1965 (1965-01-05) (age 46)
Place of birth    Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Leeds United
Sheffield United
Queens Park Rangers
National team
1994-1997 Wales

Vinnie Jones is a former English football player. He has played for Wales national team. Jones is now an actor. He played Juggernaut in Marvel's X-Men: The Last Stand.


Club career statistics

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1986-87WimbledonFirst Division224
1989-90Leeds UnitedSecond Division455
1990-91Sheffield UnitedFirst Division312
1991-92ChelseaFirst Division353
1992-93Premier League71
1992-93WimbledonPremier League271
1997-98Queens Park RangersFirst Division71
CountryEngland 38633
Total 38633

International career statistics


Wales national team


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Big Chris
2000 Snatch Bullet Tooth Tony
Gone in Sixty Seconds The Sphinx
2001 Swordfish Marco
Mean Machine Danny Meehan
2002 Night at the Golden Eagle Rodan
2004 The Big Bounce Lou Harris
Tooth The Extractor
EuroTrip Mad Maynard
Blast! Michael Kittredge
Survive Style 5+ Killer
2005 Number One Girl Dragos Molnar
Hollywood Flies Sean (TV Movie)
Slipstream Winston Briggs
Submerged Henry
Mysterious Island Bob (TV Movie)
2006 Johnny Was Johnny Doyle
She's the Man Coach Dinklage
Played Detective Brice
X-Men: The Last Stand Cain Marko/Juggernaut
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Rommel (voice)
2007 7-10 Split Roddy
Strength and Honour Smasher O'Driscoll
The Riddle Mike Sullivan
The Condemned Ewan McStarley
Tooth & Nail Mongrel
2008 Loaded Mr. Black
Merlin Valiant
Hell Ride Billy Wings
The Midnight Meat Train Mahogany
Bog Bodies Mr. Hunter awaiting release
The Heavy Dunn post-production
2009 The Year One Sargon post-production
The Bleeding Cain post-production


  1. National Football Teams: Vinnie Jones

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