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Brad Jones biography

Date of birth : 1982-03-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Perth, Australia
Nationality : Australian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-05-18
Credited as : Football goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Australian National Football team, FIFA World Cup

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Bradley "Brad" Jones (born 19 March 1982 in Armadale) is an Australian football player. He is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Middlesbrough, having previously played for Bayswater City SC, in his native Australia.

Jones was signed for Bayswater City SC in Western Australia. He was then signed in 2000 by Middlesbrough. He made his first-team debut in the FA Cup third round against Notts County in 2004 and later that season won a League Cup winners medal. He has had loan spells at several clubs; in the 2001/2002 season he played two games for Irish club side Shelbourne, He made his début against local rivals Bohemian at Dalymount Park and conceded 4 goals in a 6–4 victory one of which was direct from his own goal kick. Later he had loan spells at Stockport County and Blackpool. In the 2005–06 season, playing for Middlesbrough, Jones saved a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty which left the match against Manchester United level at 0–0.

In August 2006, Jones was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday for a period of 3 months. He made a somewhat up-and-down start to his loan spell, making some vital saves as well as conceding penalties in successive games against Plymouth Argyle and Leeds United. On 21 October, his own fans turned on him and attacked him by throwing coins and other missiles during the home game against Queens Park Rangers.

With his mentor in Mark Schwarzer moving to Fulham, Jones became first choice goalkeeper at Middlesbrough. He picked up an injury in the second game of the 2008–09 season, and subsequently missed the next two games. Jones regained his place in the Middlesbrough first team in January 2009 and remained first choice as Middlesbrough were relegated from the Premier League. Another pre-season injury saw him miss the start of the season but he regained his place after new signing Danny Coyne conceded 5 against West Bromwich Albion.

Jones received his first senior international call up on 5 February 2007 to replace Mark Schwarzer for a friendly game.

Jones earned his first senior international start on 2 June against Uruguay. Uruguay went on to claim a 2–1 win after Jones went to catch a cross, the ball going through his hands and landing in the path of Álvaro Recoba to head into an empty, unguarded goal.

Jones was part of the Australia's début campaign in the 2007 Asian Cup, but he didn't get a start in any of their games.

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