Vinnie Jones

Vincent Peter Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999, notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Wales.

Vinnie Jones
Jones at Comic-Con promoting The Midnight Meat Train in 2007
Born
Vincent Peter Jones

(1965-01-05) 5 January 1965
Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Former professional footballer
Spouse(s)
Tanya Terry
(m. 1994; her death 2019)
Children2
Parent(s)
  • Peter Jones
  • Glenda Harris
Association football career
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1977 Bedmond
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Wealdstone 38 (2)
1986 IFK Holmsund 22 (1)
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 446 (38)
National team
1994–1997 Wales 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team, having qualified via a Welsh grandparent. As a member of the "Crazy Gang", he won the 1988 FA Cup Final with Wimbledon, a club for which he played well over 200 games during two spells between 1986 and 1998. He also played for Chelsea, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers. Jones played 184 games in the Premier League, scoring 13 goals in the competition.[1] He was a defensive midfielder who was especially noted for his very aggressive style of play, earning him a "hard man" image on the field.

Since his retirement from football, he has capitalised on his tough man image and is now known as an actor for his fiery demeanour and physical presence, often being typecast into roles as violent criminals and thugs. His film career began with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and continued with roles in mainstream films such as Snatch (2000), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and Mean Machine (2001). He played Juggernaut in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, Sebastian Moran in CBS's Elementary, and Brick in The CW's Arrow.

Jones appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 2010, where he finished in third place behind Dane Bowers and Alex Reid.

Early life

Vinnie Jones was born on 5 January 1965 in Watford, Hertfordshire, to Peter (a gamekeeper) and Glenda (née Harris) Jones. He attended Bedmond Junior School near Watford. After leaving school and rising to fame, Jones would regularly visit Dollis Junior School due to his close relationship with the now deceased headteacher Derek Heasman, formerly of Bedmond Junior School (who received an OBE for services to education). His family relocated to Hertfordshire where he then later attended Langleybury School. He captained the Hertfordshire Schools football team as a teenager.

Football career

Wealdstone

Jones' career in football began in 1984, when he was 19 years old, at Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone.[2] He combined football with working as a hod carrier on building sites.[3]

IFK Holmsund

He played one season with Swedish club IFK Holmsund in 1986, helping to lead the team to a Division 3 victory.[4][5]

Wimbledon

In 1986, he moved to full-time professional status with Wimbledon, who paid Wealdstone £10,000 for him. He scored on only his second appearance for Wimbledon on 29 November 1986, in a 1–0 win over Manchester United in the First Division. He was a member of the Wimbledon team which won the FA Cup in 1988, beating league champions Liverpool 1–0 in the final.

Leeds United

Jones was transferred to Leeds United in 1989 and was part of the team which finished as champions of the old Second Division, winning promotion to Division One. After helping them win promotion to the top-flight, Jones proved he could thrive, and under the stewardship of Howard Wilkinson and the captaincy of Gordon Strachan, receiving only three yellow cards during the entire season.[6]

Sheffield United

Jones left Leeds United early in the 1990–91 season after losing his first-team place to youngsters David Batty and Gary Speed, as well as new signing Gary McAllister. He returned to Leeds for Lucas Radebe's testimonial in 2006. His former Wimbledon manager Dave Bassett signed him for Sheffield United on his exit from Elland Road.

Chelsea

Jones was sold to Chelsea a year later on 30 August 1991. Jones made his Chelsea debut one day after his signing in the 4-1 win against Luton. On 18 September 1991, Jones scored his first goal for the club in the 2-0 win against Aston Villa.

Wimbledon

After just one year at Stamford Bridge, he was back with Wimbledon in the 1992–93 season, when the FA Premier League had just been formed. He helped Wimbledon equal their best ever league finish in 1993–94, when they finished sixth in the Premier League. Three seasons later, he contributed to another strong season for the club, who reached the semi-finals of both cups and finished eighth in the league. That season he scored the winning goal as Wimbledon won 1–0 against Arsenal at Highbury.[7]

Queens Park Rangers

His second exit from Wimbledon came when he became player/coach of QPR in early 1998, scoring on his debut against Huddersfield Town.[8]

International Career

In December 1994, Jones was named in the Wales squad qualifying via his Ruthin-born maternal grandfather.[9] He made his debut under Mike Smith for Wales on 14 December 1994, three weeks before his 30th birthday, in a 3–0 home defeat to Bulgaria in the Euro 96 qualifiers. The last of his nine caps came on 29 March 1997 in a 2–1 defeat to Belgium in a World Cup qualifier, also at Cardiff Arms Park.[10]

Jones's international call-up was however greeted with consternation and even ridiculed 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!".[11]

Playing events

Jones was known for his "hard man" image.[12] 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 FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Sheffield United in 1992.[13] In his autobiography, he recalls: "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 an incident in October 1987, Jones was photographed grabbing Paul Gascoigne by his testicles during a league game for Wimbledon against Newcastle United.[14][15]

Controversy

He also was the presenter of the infamous Soccer's Hard Men video released in 1992, which featured archived footage of him 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 and given a six-month ban (suspended for three years) for "bringing the game into disrepute". Wimbledon chairman Sam Hammam branded Jones a "mosquito brain". After this incident, Jones failed to stay out of trouble. After exceeding 40 disciplinary points that season, he was once again summoned to Lancaster Gate, the headquarters of The Football Association, but failed to appear. The FA banned Jones indefinitely. Jones explained that he had "mixed up" the date of the hearing, for which he received a four-match ban and was told by Football Association officials to "grow up".[16] Jones commented later: "The FA have given me a pat on the back. I've taken violence off the terracing and onto the pitch" – an obvious reference to the football hooliganism problem which had blighted the English game during the 1970s and 1980s.[17]

Other football activities

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."[18]

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. In June 2010, Jones released a press statement stating that he was donating his 1988 FA Cup winners medal to the fans of A.F.C. Wimbledon, wishing their fans the best for the future. The medal will be displayed in the club's Kingsmeadow stadium.[19]

Vinnie Jones is also currently Club President of non-league Soham Town Rangers.

Film career

In 1998 Vinnie Jones made his film debut in Guy Ritchie's crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, in which he played a mob enforcer, Big Chris.[20] Jones was typecast in similar roles as criminals or villains, including the dapper gun-for-hire "Bullet-Tooth Tony" in Ritchie's 2000 follow up Snatch. Jones became known to American audiences in the 2000 film remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, in which he played "Sphinx". Although this was a major role with significant screen time, he only had one line of dialogue because his character was a silent, tough brawler. He teamed up with director Dominic Sena again the following year for the thriller Swordfish, where Jones played one of John Travolta's ruthless henchmen.

Jones played Danny Meehan in Mean Machine, a 2001 British remake of the Burt Reynolds film The Longest Yard (retitled Mean Machine for its UK release). He played a former captain of the England national football team, who is sent to prison and subsequently takes control of a team of inmates who play the guards.

He played another football role as Mad Maynard, the leader of a Manchester United football hooligan firm, in the 2004 film EuroTrip. His next role was in the 2006 film, X-Men: The Last Stand, as the X-Men villain Cain Marko/Juggernaut. Jones said that he would like to play Juggernaut in a spin-off. His line in the film, "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!," was based on a pre-existing Internet parody. [21] The same year, he was featured in another football film, She's the Man as the coach of the Illyria team. In 2007, he played the part of McStarley in The Condemned, about death row inmates forced to fight to the death on a remote island.

Jones played a professional killer in the Kazakhstani film, Ликвидатор ("Liquidator"), in 2011. Jones' character is an elite assassin invited to eliminate the main character. Producers of the film dealt with the Kazakh/English language barrier by writing Jones' character as a mute who does not speak throughout the film. In the same year he played in the movie "Blood out" as Zed. He played a role in the Hungarian film The Magic Boys in late 2012. In the 2004 Japanese film Survive Style 5+, he played a hit-man from Britain. In 2012, Jones voiced "Freddie the Dog" in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He co-starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action/thriller Escape Plan, released in 2013, and was featured with Danny Trejo in the 2014 horror/thriller Reaper.

Celebrity Big Brother

Jones was a housemate on the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother 7,[22] and celebrated his 45th birthday while he participated. He received loud cheers as he entered the house and was the favourite to win going into the house, but 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."[23]

Books

In 1998, Jones penned an autobiography, Vinnie: The Autobiography,[24] which was later revised and reprinted a year later to include information on his first film appearance in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Personal life

During his football career Jones resided in Dronfield, near Sheffield. Jones married Tanya Terry (19662019) in 1994 in Watford. She has a daughter by her first husband, footballer Steve Terry. Terry died on 6 July 2019.[25] In November 2013 Jones also received treatment after finding a malignant melanoma below his eye.[26]

Jones's son joined the British Army, completing his training in August 2008, and serves in the Blues and Royals.[27]

Jones is an outspoken supporter of the Conservative Party, stating "I am very proud of being British, very pro the monarchy and very Conservative."[28]

He is a supporter of the football team Tottenham Hotspur.[29]

Criminal charges

Jones was convicted in June 1998 of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage against a neighbour in November 1997.[30]

Jones was convicted in December 2003 of assault and threatening behaviour on an aircraft for an air rage incident, during which he slapped a passenger in the face and threatened to murder the cabin crew while drunk on an aircraft. He was fined £1,100 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.[31] As a result of the conviction Hertfordshire police revoked Jones' firearms licence and seized the weapons listed on the licence.[32]

Career statistics

Club

Club check League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
England League FA Cup League Cup Full Members' Cup Total
1984–85WealdstoneAlliance Premier League120120
1985–8626210272
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1986IFK HolmsundDivision 3221221
England League FA Cup League Cup Full Members' Cup Total
1986–87WimbledonFirst Division224412000285
1987–88242604000342
1988–89313405010413
1989–90Leeds UnitedSecond Division455102040525
1990–91First Division1010
Sheffield United312104010372
1991–924040
Chelsea353411052456
1992–93Premier League71000071
1992–93Wimbledon271271
1993–9433220352
1994–953332020373
1995–963133020363
1996–972937020383
1997–982403110281
1997–98Queens Park RangersFirst Division7171
1998–992020
Total England 4243336327011249838
Career total 4463436327011252039

Source:[33][34][35][36][37]

International matches

Vinnie Jones' matches for the Wales national team[38]
DateLocationHost teamScoreAway teamCompetitionGoals scored
14 December 1994Cardiff Wales0–3 BulgariaQualifiers EURO 19960
29 March 1995Sofia Bulgaria3–1 WalesQualifiers EURO 19960
26 April 1995Düsseldorf Germany1–1 WalesQualifiers EURO 19960
7 June 1995Cardiff Wales0–1 GeorgiaQualifiers EURO 19960
24 April 1996Lugano  Switzerland1–0 WalesFriendly0
9 November 1996Eindhoven Netherlands7–1 WalesQualifiers FIFA 19980
14 December 1996Cardiff Wales0–0 TurkeyQualifiers FIFA 19980
11 February 1997Cardiff Wales0–0 IrelandFriendly0
29 March 1997Cardiff Wales1–2 BelgiumQualifiers FIFA 19980
TotalAppearances9Goals0

Honours

Club

Wealdstone

Wimbledon

Leeds United

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsBig Chris
2000SnatchBullet Tooth Tony
Gone in 60 SecondsSphinx
2001SwordfishMarco
Mean MachineDanny Meehan
2002Night at the Golden EagleRodan
2004The Big BounceLou Harris
EuroTripMad Maynard
BlastMichael Kittredge
Survive Style 5+Killer
2005SlipstreamWinston Briggs
SubmergedHenry
Mysterious IslandBobTV film
Hollywood FliesSean
2006Johnny WasJohnny Doyle
She's the ManCoach Dinklage
PlayedDetective Brice
The Other HalfTrainer
X-Men: The Last StandCain Marko / Juggernaut
Garfield: A Tail of Two KittiesRommelVoice role
2007Strength and HonourSmasher O'Driscoll
The RiddleMike Sullivan
The CondemnedEwan McStarley
7–10 SplitRoddy Nightengale
Tooth & NailMongrel
2008LoadedMr. Black
Hell RideBilly Wings
The Midnight Meat TrainMahogany
2009The BleedingCain
The Ballad of G.I. JoeDestroVideo short
Assault of DarknessMr. Hunter
Year OneSargon
2010Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' BallMcTeague
Locked DownAnton Vargas
Age of the DragonsStubbs
The HeavyDunn
2011 Kill the IrishmanKeith Ritson
Blood OutZed
You May Not Kiss the BrideBrick
The LiquidatorKiller
CrossGunnar
Not Another Not Another MovieNancy Longbottom
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedFreddie the DogVoice role
Fire with FireBoyd
HijackedJoe Ballard
FreelancersSully
Magic Boys Jack Varga
2013 Escape PlanDrake
The 34th BattalionLieutenant Colonel
Company of HeroesBrent Willoughby
ExtractionIvan Rudovsky
FracturedQuincy
AmbushedVincent Camastra
Armed ResponseTillinghast
Blood of RedemptionCampbell
2014 A Certain JusticeBennett
RedirectedGolden Pole
ReaperRob
Way of the WickedJohn Eliott
Gutshot StraightCarl
The CalculatorYust Van Borg
Puncture WoundsBennett
2015 Awaken (US)/Left to Die (UK)Sarge
BiteBig John
Rivers 9Ray Kaplan
AbsolutionThe Boss
GridlockedRyker
The EnforcerRenner
2016
Kill KaneRay Brookes
The Midnight ManPearl
Decommissioned Michael Price
2017 Cross WarsGunnar
Madness in the MethodVinnie
Life OutsideRobsonPre-production
2018 The Gandhi Murder Sir Norman Smith

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005ExtrasHimselfEpisode: "Ross Kemp"
2008Vinnie Jones' Toughest Cops USAHimselfPresenter
2010ChuckKarl StrombergEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Three Words"
2011The CapeScales6 episodes
2013Vinnie Jones: Russia's ToughestHimself6 episodes
ElementarySebastian Moran2 episodes
2014PsychRonnie IvesEpisode: "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire"
The MusketeersMartin LabargeEpisode: "The Challenge"
Mind GamesIsaac Vincent2 episodes
2015–2018ArrowDanny "Brick" Brickwell9 episodes
2015–2016GalavantGareth18 episodes
2016MacGyverJohn KendrickEpisode: "The Rising"
Police Interceptors with Vinnie JonesHimselfPresenter
2018DeceptionGunter Gastafsen13 episodes
2019NCIS Los AngelesRick DorseySeason 11 episode 6
2019The X Factor: CelebrityHimselfContestant

Music videos

  • Steve Aoki & LOOPERS - "Pika Pika" (2018)
    • Originally filmed for Steve Aoki & Knife Party - "Piledriver", but the original video was unreleased and the footage was re-edited and reused

Discography

Albums

  • 2002: Respect

Singles

  • "Wooly Bully" (1993)

References

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  17. Peter Ball and Paul Shaw The Umbro Book Of Football Quotations, Ebury Press 1996, p103, ISBN 0-09-180887-1
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