The transfer of Bryn Jones from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Arsenal for a fee of £14,000 was the highest paid at that time, anywhere in the world. It underlines Arsenal’s standing in the game at that time. In today’s money, £3.7m barely registers but it represented a near 50% increase on the previous record, David Jack joining Arsenal a decade earlier from Bolton for £10,890.
It is fair to say that Jones’ potential at Arsenal cannot be fully assessed with the outbreak of the Second World War denying the club the prime years of his career. Reports from the time suggest it was not a successful move but how many players struggle in their first season yet go on to live with up to expectations in future years. We will never know in this instance.
Jones was a member of the title-winning squad in 1947-48 but left in the summer of 1949 for Norwich.
Contemporaries of Jones point to a modest man; that is underlined by his refusal to participate in a press conference, preferring to be at home rather than broadcasting to the world. A marked and pointed contrast to the attitude of players today; few would have rejected the chance for a few pounds for a few banalities.