Paul Jones


AIRBUS have signed defender Paul Jones, who made 26 Football League appearances for Oldham Athletic between 1999 and 2002.

But the 34-year-old is better know for his exploits in the English non-league pyramid, making 249 appearances for Barrow in two spells and winning a Northern Premier league championship medal and the FA Trophy.

Jones began his career with local Merseyside club Tranmere Rovers and joined Barrow AFC for the start of the 1997-98 season.

He later joined Leigh RMI where his form attracted the attention of Oldham Athletic where he struggled with an injury during his spell at Boundary Park.

He then returned to football at a lower level in 2003 with Hyde United and became a regular as the club won promotion in 2004 and 2005.

After helping Hyde stay in the Conference North and making 105 appearances, Jones returned to Barrow for the 2006/07 season.

After the sacking of manager Phil Wilson, Jones was one of three players chosen as Barrow's temporary player-managers but, after the appointment of Darren Sheridan and Dave Bayliss as permanent managers, Jones focused on playing duties as club captain with a coaching role.

He remained a key part of the team as Barrow won promotion via the play-offs, following a 20-match unbeaten streak and remained with the club, returning to the Conference National in which he had competed with Barrow some 10 seasons previously. Jones also fulfilled a lifelong dream by captaining Barrow when they won the FA Trophy against Stevenage Borough at Wembley in May 2010.

In March 2011, Jones joined Conference North side Droylsden on a one-month loan in a bid to improve his match fitness but joined Altrincham in July the same year before being released and signing for league rivals Vauxhall Motors.