For The Youngsters: Vinnie Jones

Jones as "Bullet-Tooth Tony" in Guy Ritchie's Snatch...

For some of you who read TSG, you probably only know Vinnie Jones as a gangster in Guy Richie flicks like “Lock, Stock…” and “Snatch.” He’ll soon also be appearing in the much anticipated “The Irishman” about a thug working in Cleveland in the ’70s.

Before that, Jones ate nails for breakfast as a midfielder for Leeds, Chelsea, and Sheffield United among others. He also featured for the Welsh national team nine times.

But Jones is best known for his “tough guy” act on the field (that he then parlayed into his tough guy acting career).

For those of you new to Jones, the picture below is an infamous one when VJ played for Wimbledon United and sought to intimidate Newcastle opponent Paul Gascoigne by grabbing his jewel basket.

Below that Jones featured in the notorious ’90s documentary, “Soccer’s Hard Men.”

Vinnie Jones

Jones in stereo…

An addition from Shaun…

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/09/23 at 10:54 PM

  2. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/09/24 at 12:28 AM

    I’ve never heard of Vinnie Jones, but please don’t refer to him as VJ (pronounced VEE-JAY) when he;s grabbing some guys crotch luggage. *shudder*

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  3. Posted by dude on 2010/09/24 at 5:58 AM

    But after he tackled the tot, did he answer the phone with “Bonjour?”

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  4. Posted by Tom on 2010/09/24 at 8:50 AM

    I’d seen that Gazza photo before, but the tackle on the lad was new to me and priceless!

    Truly a character to be relished…

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  5. “Desert Eagle point Five Oh.” Brilliant.

    I will shamefully admit I’m a Guy Ritchie fan who had no idea he was a former footballer. I like him even better now.

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  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/05/06 at 7:07 PM

    Wimbledon “United”?

    Saw him play a lot (Wimbledon used share Palace’s ground) and he was a dirty so and so. He would never be a top pro in today’s game. And he only played for Wales because he was not good enough to play for England!

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