Cliff Jones, who was then 'Gareth Bale' of his day, joined the Lilywhites in 1971 from Wealdstone. Despite then being 36, he was still one of the best wingers around.
Clifford William Jones was born into a footballing family on February 7th, 1935 in Swansea. Both his father, Ivor, and uncle, Bryan, were Welsh internationals and his brother, Bryan, also became a professional footballer. A fast direct winger, who could play on either wing and was also good in the air, Cliff signed for Swansea as a part-time professional in May 1952 having represented Wales as a schoolboy. He was to win 59 international caps for Wales, the first 16 were when he was at Swansea, and feature in the 1958 World Cup Finals.While at Swansea he had served his time in National Service with the Royal Horse Artillery (King's Troop).
In February 1957 he joined Tottenham Hotspur for £35,000, making his debut shortly afterwards in the North London derby against Arsenal. The Tottenham manager, Bill Nicholson, was in the process of shaping the team that was later to win the league and cup double. was also part of the Spurs team, under Bill Nick, that won the Cup Winers Cup in 1963.
In October 1968 he left Spurs for Fulham having made 418 first team performances for Spurs, scoring 175 goals. In July 1970 he left the Cottagers for Southern League side King's Lynn, who were then managed by fellow countryman, Reg Davies. After Davies left midway through the 1970/71 season, Cliff joined Bedford Town for whom he saw the season out. He then started the following season with Southern League Division One side, Wealdstone, before joining City in 1971. He made his debut in the home match against Yeovil on November 13th, scoring one of the Lilywhites' goals in a two all draw. All in all, he was to score 5 times for the Lilywhites, the last two having been against Barnet at Milton Road on April 20th.
After leaving Cambridge City he became player-coach of Wingate, who played in the Athenian League, before retiring in 1977. For a time he ran a butcher's shop, having learnt the trade as a 16 year old in Swansea and later became a games master at the Highbury High Grove School in London.
His grandson, Scott Neilson, later played for the Lilywhites.