Rhonda Jones (Born 30 March 1979) is a Scottish association football defender who plays for Celtic women's team. Previously Jones captained Hibernian Ladies in Edinburgh and featured for English FA WSL club Doncaster Rovers Belles. She has amassed a century of caps for the Scotland national team. A right-back or central defender, Jones also played for Tampa Bay Hellenic in the United States.
1 Club career,
2 International career
2.1 International goals,
3 Personal life,
5 External links,
Jones played youth football with Motherwell Rovers then joined Ayr United Ladies at 16. In five years at Ayr, Jones won various Player of the Year awards, including SWPL Player of the Year, as well as the Scottish Cup in 1999. At the age of 21 Jones won a scholarship to Florida Atlantic University and competed for the Division 1 soccer team while completing a degree in graphic design. She became the most decorated athlete in the history of FAU's women's soccer program and won a place in the University Athlete Hall of Fame in 2009.
At the culmination of her studies Jones remained in America and played for semi-professional W-League clubs Central Florida Krush, Cocoa Expos and Tampa Bay Hellenic. She returned home to sign for Hibernian Ladies in September 2008, and captained the club to their 2010 Scottish Cup final win at Recreation Park. In May 2011 Jones appeared as a second-half substitute in Hibernian's 5-2 Scottish Women's Premier League Cup final win over Spartans.
Scottish coach John Buckley signed Jones for Doncaster Rovers Belles in July 2011, for the second half of the 2011 FA WSL season.
Jones has now put pen to paper with Celtic for the 2012 season.
Jim Fleeting called Jones into the senior Scotland squad at the age of 18, after spotting her playing for Ayr United. She made her debut against Estonia at Somerset Park in May 1998. In the semi final of the Albena Cup in April 1999, she scored Scotland's equalising goal against North Korea. Jones did not play for Scotland for four years while at University in America, but scored on her return to the team in September 2004. She headed in Suzanne Grant's corner in the last minute to give Scotland a 3-2 EURO 2005 qualifying win over Czech Republic at Victoria Park, Dingwall.
Jones reached the milestone of fifty caps for Scotland in a UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying tie against Denmark at McDiarmid Park, Perth in October 2007.
In December 2011 Jones was one of four Celtic women's team players to be approached about playing for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.
With Scotland 1-0 down to Republic of Ireland in their April 2012 EURO 2013 qualifier at Tynecastle Stadium, Jones scored a late equaliser as the Scots came back to win 2-1. The following month she made her 100th senior appearance for Scotland, in a 3-1 friendly win over Poland in Gdańsk.
Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
17 April 1999
5 September 2004
Victoria Park, Dingwall
2005 UEFA Women's Championship qual.
5 April 2012
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Republic of Ireland
2013 UEFA Women's Championship qual.
11 March 2013
GSZ Stadium, Larnaca
2013 Cyprus Cup
Jones is employed as a sport development officer at Grangemouth Stadium and still lives in her hometown of Newarthill.