as Rich Jones announces retirement
Reserve Team manager and Playford Hall of Famer, Richard Jones, is stepping down from his position at the end of the season and plans to bring an end to his time in Sunday morning football.
Rich made his first appearance for the club in late 2002 as an 18-year-old and has since played nearly 300 times, leaving him fourth on the all-time appearances list. He has won 22 man of the match awards in that time and was voted First Team Player's Player in 2009/10.
Having played predominantly as a defender, Rich has managed to bag 71 goals, leaving him seventh on the all-time scorers list. This tally is thanks, in part, to his brilliant penalty record (33 from 36 kicks) but also down to some memorable strikes, most notably when scoring straight from kick off away to Kitchener Taverners.
Rich was named club captain in the 2008/2009 season and went onto captain the team 132 times, making him the only player to captain the club more than 100 times.
In 2013 he moved into the managerial role for the First Team and took the team on a 16-match unbeaten run which resulted in the side being crowned Division Two Champions.
In the following years he managed the First Team 132 times in total and has the highest win % of any permanent first team manager.
With numbers like these it was no surprise when Rich was inducted into the Playford Hall of Fame in 2019.
For the 2020/21 season Rich moved down to play for the Reserves and in 2021/22 he took over as manager full-time. However, he has decided to call an end to his football career at the end of this season, which means the club now begins a search for a new Reserve Team manager.
We'd like to thank Rich for all his years' of service and hope he enjoys his retirement. We will, of course, be keeping him signed on ...just in case!