Many fans claim a reckless tackle by Jones in 1988 was responsible for ending Stevens’ career.
After doing his utmost to ruin Gazza’s chances of ever having children, Jones had spells at Leeds United and Sheffield United before signing for Chelsea, where he achieved the fastest booking in Premier League history by receiving a yellow card just three seconds into a game.
Speaking about the foul, he said: “I must have been too high, too wild, too strong or too early, because, after three seconds, I could hardly have been too bloody late!”
By 1992, Jones was back at Wimbledon, and it didn’t take him long to find trouble.
That year he presented the now infamous Soccer’s Hard Men video which featured archived footage of his fellow dirty players, complete with helpful advice for budding hatchet men.
He was fined £20,000, banned for six months and suspended for three years from the FA, prompting Wimbledon chairman Sam Hammam to brand him “mosquito brain”. Jones continued to attract controversy, exceeding
HOW was any team supposed to stop a young, fearless and ridiculously gifted Paul Gascoigne?
Some tried man-marking or cutting off his supply. Others didn’t even bother trying.
Vinnie Jones, while playing for Wimbledon, AKA “The Crazy Gang”, sought to castrate him.
In 1987, 22-year-old Jones – who already had a reputation for being brutal – was snapped savagely squeezing Gazza’s bollocks, causing the Newcastle starlet to writhe in agony.
And it’s just one example of the violence that chequered his football career.
Gazza, a Sunday Sport columnist, even suggested Jones for our Head The Balls hall of fame.
Born and bred in Watford, Jones began his football career at non-league side Wealdstone, also working as a hod-carrier on building sites, before playing a season in Sweden’s second tier.
But it was only after signing for Wimbledon in 1986 that he really put his stamp on the game.
Just ask former Tottenham and England full-back Gary Stevens. 40 disciplinary points and later being let off by the FA after he failed to attend a hearing at Lancaster Gate. He received a four-match ban.
In response, he said: “The FA have given me a pat on the back. I’ve taken violence off the terracing and onto the pitch.”
Jones stayed at Wimbledon until 1998, won nine caps for Wales – he qualified through a grandparent – and hung up his boots after a brief spell with Queens Park Rangers.
Despite helping Wimbledon to FA Cup glory in 1988, not everyone was a fan of his style.
Former France winger David Ginola once remarked: “Jones doesn’t deserve to be considered a footballer. Getting kicked is part of the job in France as well as England, but the real scandal is that someone like Jones gets to be a star, to make videos and become an example for kids.”
Even after retiring, Vinnie continued to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In 1998 he was found guilty of assaulting his neighbour and in 2003 he was convicted of air rage after slapping a passenger and threatening to kill cabin crew. Then, in 2008, he was accused of having a bar fight in South Dakota, USA.
But ultimately, Jones has used his hard man image to his advantage, carving out a successful career playing brutes in films like Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, as well as Mean Machine and Gone In 60 Seconds.
Now 47, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tanya – and he’s still terrorising opponents, for his own Sunday league team in Hollywood.
most SQUEEZY DOES IT! Vinnie gets to grip with Gazza
and in Lock, Stock