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One-on-one with Alvin Jones

DIRECTV W Connection right back and former Trinidad and Tobago under-20 defender Alvin Jones is keen to succeed as a footballer to provide a better life for his family and himself in the future.

Jones was born into a football family. His father and former “Strike Squad” left back Kelvin Jones taught him the basics of the game while his elder brothers, Marvin Jones and Joevin Jones, play professionally for Defence Force and MLS club Chicago Fire respectively.

Photo: W Connection utility player Alvin Jones (right) evades SAP FC midfielder Okeem Challenger during 2015 Caribbean Club Championship action. (Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection utility player Alvin Jones (right) evades SAP FC midfielder Okeem Challenger during 2015 Caribbean Club Championship action.
(Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)

The brothers support each other by taking time to evaluate the other’s performances and improve themselves as footballers.

There is also a special uncle that is never far from Jones’ heart too. Richard Theodore, a defender for Trinidad and Tobago’s 1991 World Youth Cup team, died after a tragic accident in his hometown over a decade ago.

Jones said Theodore had a profound influence on his life and football endeavours and left a mark in more ways than one.

“I have a tattoo located from my chest to my shoulder of an eagle holding a scroll with the words ‘R.I.P Richard 16’ in remembrance of my uncle Richard Theodore,” said Jones.

Jones is in his first full season for Connection and he admitted that he hoped to see more people come out to support Pro League matches. Regardless, he revealed that his goal for 2014 is to represent his country at the senior international level.

Here are some more things that you may not know about Mister Jones:

Photo: W Connection right back, Alvin Jones (left) tries to keep the ball from North East Stars midfielder Chike Sullivan.  (Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection right back, Alvin Jones (left) tries to keep the ball from North East Stars midfielder Chike Sullivan.
(Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)

Name: Alvin Jones

Date of birth: 9 July 1994

Position: Centre back or right back

Number: 39

Former schools: Carenage Primary/ Mucurapo Secondary

Favourite food:  Fish and dumpling

Favourite team: Arsenal

Favourite player: My brother Joevin Jones

How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as happy but aggressive at times.

Photo: Referee Neal Brizan (left) books W Connection right back Alvin Jones (centre) after he chopped down Central FC attacker Rundell Winchester. Connection beat Central to the 21014/14 Pro League title. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Referee Neal Brizan (left) books W Connection right back Alvin Jones (centre) after he chopped down Central FC attacker Rundell Winchester.
Connection beat Central to the 21014/14 Pro League title.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend time with my family and friends.

Do you like to play any other sports besides football?

I love football but I like to play cricket as well.

What was your best moment in football so far? And your worst?

My best moment in football was when I represented Trinidad and Tobago at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup qualifiers. However, my worst moment was when the team did not qualify for the semifinals.

If you weren’t a footballer, what profession would you prefer?

I would prefer to be a swimmer or fisherman.

What makes you stand out as a player?

My physical strength as a player and my ability to think ahead in my games allows me to stand out from others.

Photo: W Connection right back Alvin Jones (right) celebrates after a goal against Central FC last season. Connection defender Daneil Cyrus (left) is on loan in Vietnam at present. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection right back Alvin Jones (right) celebrates after a goal against Central FC last season.
Connection defender Daneil Cyrus (left) is on loan in Vietnam at present.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Who were your most important coach/coaches?

Selris Figaro at Coaching School and Stuart Charles-Fevrier at W Connection.

What is your target for 2014?

I want to represent my country’s senior national football team.

 

About Ewan Headley

Ewan Headley is a Wired868 intern and a journalism student at COSTAATT.

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13 comments

  1. If you are comparing size and shot alone, Roneil. But he will need to learn movement, angles to receive and pass the ball and his offensive and defensive positioning. That’s a lot of work ahead to become international class in that role.

  2. His size and hammer of a shot more reminds me of Pacheco in the midfield. Is that a fairer comparison? Lol

  3. I guess so Roneil K Walcott. Although Clyde was very good in that role and had a lot of experience there. So I wouldn’t compare him to Clyde. Not yet.

  4. Is W trying to get him to fill the Clyde Leon midfield role?

  5. Well he played central defence before and he has a tremendous shot. Maybe he can move to midfield. Remember Connection also needs to give playing tine to Shannon Gomez who is a huge talent and in good form.

  6. Coached him for a short time at north east when he still at mucurapo begged them there to hold on to him as a future star but they didnt …. But he is one for the future…. Last for sure he was the best right back. He was pipped by kaydion drogba Gabriel of central fc another one for the future…

  7. To me he’s the best right back in the league. Not too sure about him playing in midfield though. I’m not being critical of W changes things up, just don’t see him thriving there in years to come. I thought the same when Joevin first moved too, lol.

  8. Excellent player in my view. I admire him and his brother Joevin so much. I do think his performance dropped a little tho but that can change with the proper support team which I know Connection has.

  9. Yes for sure Lasana he has a great family support behind him and has the right attitude to go far as does many of the youths coming through in Trini. Real talent you guys have over there

  10. I think so. He was my Young Player of the Year last season and I think he has had a blip this year. But he is definitely a talented boy who plays with a good attitude.

  11. How about Alvin’s teamate, Shahdon Winchester?? : )