Jimmy Jones came to the Goldstone from the Central Alliance club Alfreton Town in August 1922 and was drafted straight into the first team, but he did have a limited amount of League experience already.
Having started out with Welbeck Colliery in 1914, he signed for Notts County in 1919 and made ten First Division appearances during 1919-20. He spent the following season in the reserves, though, and after an unsuccessful trial with Midland League Mansfield Town in May 1921 he threw in his lot with Alfreton.
During 1922-23, Albion’s left-wing duties were shared by Jimmy and the young Tug Wilson, but the following term Wilson made the position his own and his rival was forced to kick his heels in the reserves. Released in May 1924, Jimmy returned to the Midland League on a free transfer, but shortly after the opening of the 1924-25 campaign he joined Crystal Palace and played four games as they were relegated from Division Two that season. He then had a spell with Worksop Town before rejoining Welbeck Colliery.
Jimmy played 19 matches for the Seagulls between 1922 and 1924 scoring 3 goals.