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Goodbye and thank you to Bradford City role model Gary Jones

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gary Jones made exactly 100 appearances in his two seasons with City, scoring eight goals Gary Jones made exactly 100 appearances in his two seasons with City, scoring eight goals

Phil Parkinson saluted “superb role model” Gary Jones as the evergreen skipper was added to the City summer cull.

Jones, who turns 37 next month, became the latest out-of-contract player to be told that he was not in Parkinson’s plans for next season.

But the all-action midfielder follows Garry Thompson, Matthew Bates and Andrew Gray through the Valley Parade exit with a ringing endorsement from his manager.

Parkinson, who confirmed the news to his captain yesterday that there would be no fresh deal on offer, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his enormous contribution to the club over the last two seasons.

“Two years ago we went out in search of players who had the right mentality and character to get the club going again. Gary Jones typified absolutely everything we were looking for.

“He has been a superb role model for our younger players and he has put his heart and soul into the club every single day for the last two years.”

Jones made exactly 100 appearances in his two terms with City – the last of them at Tranmere a week ago. He also scored eight goals.

Ever-present Stephen Darby was the only outfield player to start more games in City’s first year back in League One.

Jones is now only ten games short of reaching 700 in his career and Parkinson believes there is still plenty more left in the tank. He is unlikely to be short of offers.

The Bantams boss said: “I can’t speak highly enough of him both as a person and as a player.

“I wish him all the very best for the future and I’m sure the fans will be quick to do likewise.

“I’m confident that there are still many more games left in Gary before he finally decides to hang up his boots.”

Jones has become an iconic figure with the fans, who saw him as the heartbeat of a team that transformed the club’s fortunes after years of disappointment.

“What can you not like about playing for this football club?” he said in a recent interview.

“You want to turn out and show everybody what it means to wear a Bradford City shirt. It’s the be all and end all for me and every time I play, I want to do my best.

“I’d like to carry on playing. You never know what’s round the corner in football but I feel fine.”

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8:55am Sat 10 May 14

BD16 says...

24 hours later, and I'm still surprised that he hasn't been offered a new contract.
24 hours later, and I'm still surprised that he hasn't been offered a new contract. BD16
  • Score: 11

9:16am Sat 10 May 14

Gjmbantam69 says...

Legend!

Professional through and through, just a shame we didn't have him earlier in his career and for longer!

All the best Gary! Some big boots to fill Parky!

He's Magic you know!!!
Legend! Professional through and through, just a shame we didn't have him earlier in his career and for longer! All the best Gary! Some big boots to fill Parky! He's Magic you know!!! Gjmbantam69
  • Score: 20

9:36am Sat 10 May 14

Tickertex says...

Gutted. If his birth certificate said he's 35, he would be playing for us next season. If you've an engine of a Rolls Royce then you can play at this level till your pushing 40.
O well, someone else s gain.
Thanks and good luck at your next club. You will take some replacing.
Gutted. If his birth certificate said he's 35, he would be playing for us next season. If you've an engine of a Rolls Royce then you can play at this level till your pushing 40. O well, someone else s gain. Thanks and good luck at your next club. You will take some replacing. Tickertex
  • Score: 15

9:38am Sat 10 May 14

tyker7745 says...

BD16 wrote:
24 hours later, and I'm still surprised that he hasn't been offered a new contract.
I initially thought he was looking for a 2aer contract and we would not meet that butt now he was not even offered anything. Sad day: would have loved to have seen him in the middle of three with you young strong midfield runners.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: 24 hours later, and I'm still surprised that he hasn't been offered a new contract.[/p][/quote]I initially thought he was looking for a 2aer contract and we would not meet that butt now he was not even offered anything. Sad day: would have loved to have seen him in the middle of three with you young strong midfield runners. tyker7745
  • Score: 4

9:49am Sat 10 May 14

bradford321 says...

2yrs at a club doesn't normally end in legendary status for a player but in this case the word legend does not begin to describe this man.

His grit, passion and leadership have been the heartbeat for this club over last 2yrs and has been the central player we have needed for years.

I really hope PP replaces well, but not just in terms of being able to kick a ball around - he needs to find someone with the same leadership qualities and desire to play for this club.
2yrs at a club doesn't normally end in legendary status for a player but in this case the word legend does not begin to describe this man. His grit, passion and leadership have been the heartbeat for this club over last 2yrs and has been the central player we have needed for years. I really hope PP replaces well, but not just in terms of being able to kick a ball around - he needs to find someone with the same leadership qualities and desire to play for this club. bradford321
  • Score: 20

10:04am Sat 10 May 14

schroeder says...

It's aright for the fans to say he could go on for another season in L1, but Parky and the coaching staff at city will know better than anyone else and they obviously think his age is catching up with him.

It's best that Jones goes out on a high because if he started putting in poor performances next season it would diminish his legendary status.
It's aright for the fans to say he could go on for another season in L1, but Parky and the coaching staff at city will know better than anyone else and they obviously think his age is catching up with him. It's best that Jones goes out on a high because if he started putting in poor performances next season it would diminish his legendary status. schroeder
  • Score: 20

12:38pm Sat 10 May 14

northyorksbantam says...

One of the best quotes I heard about Gary Jones other than from a City fan came from speaking to a Villa fan after the match at Villa park, he was bemoaning his team not been able to get the ball down and play "cos everytime we got the ball, the guy with the bald head came clattering into our players and took the ball off em, we just couldn't handle him he was brilliant"

All the best Gaz, City legend.
One of the best quotes I heard about Gary Jones other than from a City fan came from speaking to a Villa fan after the match at Villa park, he was bemoaning his team not been able to get the ball down and play "cos everytime we got the ball, the guy with the bald head came clattering into our players and took the ball off em, we just couldn't handle him he was brilliant" All the best Gaz, City legend. northyorksbantam
  • Score: 25

1:06pm Sat 10 May 14

garyh1 says...

Cannot believe we had no role for captain fantastic for one more year !!
Club captain , squad member , mentor for younger players , a never say die player when you need to grind out a result ..... I'm gutted
Good luck Gary and thank you
Cannot believe we had no role for captain fantastic for one more year !! Club captain , squad member , mentor for younger players , a never say die player when you need to grind out a result ..... I'm gutted Good luck Gary and thank you garyh1
  • Score: 6

1:09pm Sat 10 May 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Gutted for the man only thing that needs to be said as you all have pointed out legend
Gutted for the man only thing that needs to be said as you all have pointed out legend bcfc mad85
  • Score: 6

2:00pm Sat 10 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Gary Jones will find a new club there is no question about that and he will give his all to them let us all wish him success where ever he goes and just say we are happy to have known you Gary BEST WISHES
Gary Jones will find a new club there is no question about that and he will give his all to them let us all wish him success where ever he goes and just say we are happy to have known you Gary BEST WISHES lawsonio123
  • Score: 9

5:20pm Sat 10 May 14

Over 40 Years watching City says...

So sorry to see you Gary,you have been Captain Fantastic. If only some of the other City players had your desire and determination we would have gained promotion. Thank you so much.
So sorry to see you Gary,you have been Captain Fantastic. If only some of the other City players had your desire and determination we would have gained promotion. Thank you so much. Over 40 Years watching City
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Sat 10 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

So, PP never dropped Jonesy and he only got left out due to injury. This wasn't just in his first season, but all of the last one too. And all of a sudden, PP doesn't believe he can do the business next season

If he hasn't the legs now, how come it was always Doyle that got dropped? I'm sorry but, I'd rather have Jones for one more year than Dolan for 2...! As it stands, we have Dolan, Doyle and Kennedy in our engine room. I think we need at least one more player signing, but preferably two!!!!
So, PP never dropped Jonesy and he only got left out due to injury. This wasn't just in his first season, but all of the last one too. And all of a sudden, PP doesn't believe he can do the business next season If he hasn't the legs now, how come it was always Doyle that got dropped? I'm sorry but, I'd rather have Jones for one more year than Dolan for 2...! As it stands, we have Dolan, Doyle and Kennedy in our engine room. I think we need at least one more player signing, but preferably two!!!! Waynus1971
  • Score: -1

6:43pm Sat 10 May 14

tyker7745 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
So, PP never dropped Jonesy and he only got left out due to injury. This wasn't just in his first season, but all of the last one too. And all of a sudden, PP doesn't believe he can do the business next season

If he hasn't the legs now, how come it was always Doyle that got dropped? I'm sorry but, I'd rather have Jones for one more year than Dolan for 2...! As it stands, we have Dolan, Doyle and Kennedy in our engine room. I think we need at least one more player signing, but preferably two!!!!
I tend to agree but the decision has be made and it will not be turned over now.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: So, PP never dropped Jonesy and he only got left out due to injury. This wasn't just in his first season, but all of the last one too. And all of a sudden, PP doesn't believe he can do the business next season If he hasn't the legs now, how come it was always Doyle that got dropped? I'm sorry but, I'd rather have Jones for one more year than Dolan for 2...! As it stands, we have Dolan, Doyle and Kennedy in our engine room. I think we need at least one more player signing, but preferably two!!!![/p][/quote]I tend to agree but the decision has be made and it will not be turned over now. tyker7745
  • Score: 3

6:43pm Sat 10 May 14

bingleybantam-ms54 says...

Gary Jones - You picked up the "Mantle of McCall" - You are "up there" with the All time Legends of V P

Guts - Determination - Intelligence - Belief - You had it all

As Shakespeare said in Julius Caesar - "Here "WAS" a Caesar - When comes Such ANOTHER" ?

Good luck Gary and 1 Milion Thanks !
Gary Jones - You picked up the "Mantle of McCall" - You are "up there" with the All time Legends of V P Guts - Determination - Intelligence - Belief - You had it all As Shakespeare said in Julius Caesar - "Here "WAS" a Caesar - When comes Such ANOTHER" ? Good luck Gary and 1 Milion Thanks ! bingleybantam-ms54
  • Score: 3

11:12pm Sat 10 May 14

trevorwilkie says...

Others have said it all, I would just like to say good luck in whatever you do in the future and thank you for the hard work and leadership, an inspiration to all, THANK YOU.
Others have said it all, I would just like to say good luck in whatever you do in the future and thank you for the hard work and leadership, an inspiration to all, THANK YOU. trevorwilkie
  • Score: 3

11:56pm Sat 10 May 14

Durko11 says...

He will take some replacing, I hope pp has someone in mind...
He will take some replacing, I hope pp has someone in mind... Durko11
  • Score: 1

10:36am Sun 11 May 14

yorkiewyke says...

Sorry to see him go would have thought we could have used him from the bench
Sorry to see him go would have thought we could have used him from the bench yorkiewyke
  • Score: 1

11:51am Sun 11 May 14

bantam10 says...

Hope parky has a decent replacement because the team with Jones in it never knew when they were beat with the never say die attitude.
Don't wanna be watching a squad full of head droppers without a captain like jones in the team.
Hope parky has a decent replacement because the team with Jones in it never knew when they were beat with the never say die attitude. Don't wanna be watching a squad full of head droppers without a captain like jones in the team. bantam10
  • Score: 3

1:53pm Sun 11 May 14

Statler4 says...

Sad to see him go. However, he was signed to begin the first phase of recovery, getting out of League Two and establishing the club in League One. That has now been achieved. The next phase is to build a team to get into the Championship and establish themselves there. That means bringing in new players capable of gelling, hitting the ground running and playing in the Championship as soon as they get there.
Sad to see him go. However, he was signed to begin the first phase of recovery, getting out of League Two and establishing the club in League One. That has now been achieved. The next phase is to build a team to get into the Championship and establish themselves there. That means bringing in new players capable of gelling, hitting the ground running and playing in the Championship as soon as they get there. Statler4
  • Score: 3

9:25am Mon 12 May 14

cudelse says...

Must have been very difficult decision, however I do believe it is a considered one.
Not many players play just one hundred games for a club and take on the mantel of legend. It would have bee a great shame to see GJ's performances diminish to average next season (there have been one or two signs of that this season - Notts away), so all in all a good decision.
Cheers Gary- thanks for some great memories.
Must have been very difficult decision, however I do believe it is a considered one. Not many players play just one hundred games for a club and take on the mantel of legend. It would have bee a great shame to see GJ's performances diminish to average next season (there have been one or two signs of that this season - Notts away), so all in all a good decision. Cheers Gary- thanks for some great memories. cudelse
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Mon 12 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

cudelse wrote:
Must have been very difficult decision, however I do believe it is a considered one.
Not many players play just one hundred games for a club and take on the mantel of legend. It would have bee a great shame to see GJ's performances diminish to average next season (there have been one or two signs of that this season - Notts away), so all in all a good decision.
Cheers Gary- thanks for some great memories.
Very true, but other than Darby, haven't the rest of the squad provided us with "one or two signs of performances diminishing this season"?

Out of our central midfielders, Jones was the first name on PP's team sheet. How can I go from that to the released list in just a few weeks??? Surely Doyle must be bracing himself for the worst too!
[quote][p][bold]cudelse[/bold] wrote: Must have been very difficult decision, however I do believe it is a considered one. Not many players play just one hundred games for a club and take on the mantel of legend. It would have bee a great shame to see GJ's performances diminish to average next season (there have been one or two signs of that this season - Notts away), so all in all a good decision. Cheers Gary- thanks for some great memories.[/p][/quote]Very true, but other than Darby, haven't the rest of the squad provided us with "one or two signs of performances diminishing this season"? Out of our central midfielders, Jones was the first name on PP's team sheet. How can I go from that to the released list in just a few weeks??? Surely Doyle must be bracing himself for the worst too! Waynus1971
  • Score: -1

12:56pm Mon 12 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
cudelse wrote:
Must have been very difficult decision, however I do believe it is a considered one.
Not many players play just one hundred games for a club and take on the mantel of legend. It would have bee a great shame to see GJ's performances diminish to average next season (there have been one or two signs of that this season - Notts away), so all in all a good decision.
Cheers Gary- thanks for some great memories.
Very true, but other than Darby, haven't the rest of the squad provided us with "one or two signs of performances diminishing this season"?

Out of our central midfielders, Jones was the first name on PP's team sheet. How can I go from that to the released list in just a few weeks??? Surely Doyle must be bracing himself for the worst too!
I would suggest that Doyle was viewed as the more defensive of the two and so formed the anchor of the midfield. Jones was the closest thing to the driving midfield player. With absolute respect to the great man, I think he was at the limit of his powers.

I predict that Doyle will stay. I also think that the midfield replacement will be brought in specifically to support McLean (McLean, unlike Wells, is a team player and can also play with his back to goal). Even if the 4-4-2 is used, there will be a variation in approach.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cudelse[/bold] wrote: Must have been very difficult decision, however I do believe it is a considered one. Not many players play just one hundred games for a club and take on the mantel of legend. It would have bee a great shame to see GJ's performances diminish to average next season (there have been one or two signs of that this season - Notts away), so all in all a good decision. Cheers Gary- thanks for some great memories.[/p][/quote]Very true, but other than Darby, haven't the rest of the squad provided us with "one or two signs of performances diminishing this season"? Out of our central midfielders, Jones was the first name on PP's team sheet. How can I go from that to the released list in just a few weeks??? Surely Doyle must be bracing himself for the worst too![/p][/quote]I would suggest that Doyle was viewed as the more defensive of the two and so formed the anchor of the midfield. Jones was the closest thing to the driving midfield player. With absolute respect to the great man, I think he was at the limit of his powers. I predict that Doyle will stay. I also think that the midfield replacement will be brought in specifically to support McLean (McLean, unlike Wells, is a team player and can also play with his back to goal). Even if the 4-4-2 is used, there will be a variation in approach. Michael Clayton
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