Allan Arthur Jones is an English cricket umpire who was a professional cricketer prior to being an umpire. He played both list-A cricket and First-class cricket. He was born on 9 December 1947 in Horley, England. In 1980 he became the first cricketer to represent four English first-class counties, when he joined Glamorgan.
Allan Jones graduated from St John's College, Horsham. He played as a upper order right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler, he has played in the clubs Sussex (1966-1969), Somerset (1970-1975), Northern Transvaal (1972-1973), Orange Free State (1976-1977), Middlesex (1976-1979; Cap 1976) and Glamorgan (1980-1981). He got two caps, one while playing for Somerset and one while playing for Middlesex.
He has scored 799 runs (avg 5.39) and took 549 wickets (avg 28.07) in 214 first-class matches. He also took three wickets in four balls for Somerset versus Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1972 and became the first Middlesex bowler to take a hat-trick in limited overs cricket. His personal best as a batsman has been 33 runs for Middlesex against Kent in 1978 and as a bowler has been 9 for 51 for Somerset against Sussex in 1972.
He has been in the English First-Class Umpires list from 1985 to 2008 until he joined the Indian Cricket League. In 1996, he stood in one One Day International which was an England vs India held at Manchester.
He umpired only one ODI match which was the England vs India match at Manchester held on May 26-27, 1996. He has TV umpired 7 unfiltered matches.
He took early official retirement from the first class list in 2008. But he soon joined the rebel unofficial Indian Cricket League on the pretext of earning more money which finished his career in first class list umpiring.