THE son of a Chester hero from the 1970s and 80s is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps by making it into the full-time game.
Craig Jones, 20, is the son of former Sealand Road favourite Brynley Jones, who made 185 appearances for Chester between 1977 and 1982.
The Rhyl winger moved closer to achieving his dream when he made his debut for the Welsh semi-professional team against Italy in Varese, near Milan, on Wednesday.
He made an impressive substitute appearance in the 4-2 International Challenge Trophy defeat to an Italian semi-pro side featuring players from former Serie A clubs Cremonese and Pescara,
Buckley-based Craig, a former Airbus UK Broughton player, said: ‘My dad says he had nowhere near the ability that I’ve got, but he made it in the professional game and I’d love to follow in his footsteps.
‘If I stay at Rhyl for the next five years then I’d be happy as each year we want to be going for the league and qualifying for Europe, but if I get the chance to make the step up then that would be fantastic.’
Brynley, 48, bagged 21 goals for Chester, often playing alongside a young Ian Rush. His most famous strike was in the FA Cup fifth round defeat at Ipswich Town in February 1980.