Danny Jones tragically passed away on Sunday 3rd May 2015 after suffering a cardiac arrest on the field in a Kingstone Press League One fixture away from home against the London Skolars.
In the wake of his death, Jones’ number 6 jersey was retired by the club, only to be brought out of retirement should his son Bobby play for the club, and the main stand of Cougar Park was renamed the Danny Jones Stand with “Jonesy” being inducted in the Hall of Fame.
After coming through the amateur game with Ovenden and King’s Cross, Danny signed professionally with his hometown club Halifax RL, making his senior debut in 2003 as the already relegated Fax fell to a 20-48 defeat at home to the Widnes Vikings.
Following relegation from the Super League, Jones became a regular for the men from The Shay before moving to Cougar Park for the first time at the end of the 2006 season.
In a four year stint with the club under the stewardship of Barry Eaton, Jones helped the club achieve promotion back to the Championship in 2009 after a Man of the Match display in which he scored two tries in the Grand Final victory over the Oldham Roughyeds in Warrington.
Following administration and relegation in 2010, Jones re-joined Halifax for the 2011 season and remained with his hometown club for a sole season helping the side to the Northern Rail Cup Final in Blackpool where they were narrowly defeated by the Leigh Centurions.
In 2012, with Jason Demetriou now in charge, Danny returned to Cougar Park and helped the side to the Championship Play-Offs, where they were controversially beaten by Fax in the semi-finals.
With Paul March as Head Coach, Jones was unable to help prevent the most controversial relegation of Rugby League’s summer era in 2014 but did play his part as the side made the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals before being defeated by Super League outfit, Widnes Vikings.
Jones began the 2015 season with a flourish playing his part in the try of the season against East Leeds before becoming only the 6th player in the clubs history to reach 1000 points in Red, White and Green with a try in the victory away at the Hemel Stags.
In his final Cougar Park appearance, Jones kicked a dramatic drop goal after the final hooter to secure a 23-22 home victory over the North Wales Crusaders before tragically losing his life the following Sunday against the Skolars.
Internationally, Jonesy made 12 appearances for his country after debuting against Italy in 2010 and was a member of the Wales squad at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Danny Jones, our number six.
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