Jerome in 2008 pre-season
|Full name||Cameron Zishan Rana-Jerome|
|Date of birth||14 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Huddersfield, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Crystal Palace
(on loan from Stoke City)
|2013–||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||10||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:54, 15 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Cameron Zishan Rana-Jerome (born 14 August 1986) is an English footballer who plays for Crystal Palace on loan from Stoke City as a striker. He also played for Cardiff City in the Football League, and for Birmingham City in the Football League and Premier League, and at international level has several caps for the England under-21 team.
Jerome began his career as a trainee with Huddersfield Town, Grimsby Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough before signing a professional contract with Cardiff City in the summer of 2004. He quickly became a regular at Ninian Park and after scoring 20 goals in 2005–06 he was signed by Birmingham City for a fee of £3million. He spent five years at St Andrew's where he experience two promotions and two relegations and also helped the side win the 2011 Football League Cup. He joined Stoke City in August 2011 for a fee of around £4million and has been mainly used as an impact player by Tony Pulis. After not figuring in new manager Mark Hughes' plans Jerome joined Crystal Palace on loan for the 2013–14 season.
Jerome was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. As a youth, Jerome played for Stile Common, alongside Anthony Griffith, Fraizer Campbell, and Reuben Noble-Lazarus; who all went on to enjoy careers as professional players. Griffith and Jerome also played for Yorkshire Counties. Jerome later joined home town club Westend Juniors before moving on to Huddersfield Town as a junior, then moved on via Grimsby Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough to gain a contract at Cardiff City, after being recommended by reserve team manager Paul Wilkinson. Jerome played under Wilkinson in Grimsby's youth system, but after Wilkinson left Blundell Park to take up his position with Cardiff in October 2003, Jerome was released by replacement Neil Woods for being a disruptive influence.
Described by the BBC as "one of Cardiff's rising stars", Jerome made his debut in a 0–0 draw with Leeds United on 2 October 2004, as a substitute for Andy Campbell, before going on to score seven goals in 32 appearances in the 2004–05 season, and was in a good run of form in the 2005–06 season, finishing top scorer for Cardiff with 20 goals.
Due to his hot form this ended him up by eventually signing for second-city club Birmingham City. The move not only benefited Jerome but also helped Cardiff as they used the money to sign Michael Chopra, Stephen McPhail and Glenn Loovens. Jerome appeared in an April 2005 FourFourTwo article which heralded the Yorkshire forward as the eighth best player in the Football League.
Jerome signed for Birmingham City on 31 May 2006, for a transfer fee reported as an initial £3 million, potentially rising to £4m. Jerome made his debut as a 66th-minute substitute against Colchester United at St Andrew's on 5 August. However, it was a debut to forget, as he was sent off within five minutes of entering play elbowing an opponent in the face. He netted his first goal for Birmingham against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on 12 September. Jerome had a slow first season at St Andrew's by his own admission, scoring just 9 times in 44 games in all competitions.
Jerome scored his first Premier League goal after 32 seconds of the away match against Derby County on 25 August 2007; his second goal of that game confirmed Birmingham's first win of the 2007–08 season. He finished the season as Birmingham's second top goal scorer with 7 goals in 33 games as Birmingham were relegated. However, the Blues immediately bounced back in the 2008–09 season by finishing second in the Championship. Jerome's 10 goals in 45 appearances was only bettered by veteran partner Kevin Phillips in the Birmingham attack. He scored the first goal in the West Midlands derby match against Wolverhampton Wanderers as Birmingham won 2–0.
In July 2009, Jerome signed a new five-year contract with the club. He scored a spectacular first goal of the 2009–10 season to give his club a 2–1 lead against Liverpool, described as "the kind of goal that only the likes of Gerrard usually scores at Anfield"; he held off Javier Mascherano before "unleashing a 30-yard thunderbolt that flew beyond the reach of Reina and dipped under the crossbar". Jerome hit a purple patch as the Blues notched up a club-record fifteen consecutive games unbeaten in the Premier League, scoring crucial goals against Stoke City, Manchester United and two versus Blackburn Rovers. His tenth goal of the season, a header from James McFadden's cross, came in a 5–1 defeat away to Manchester City. Two weeks after the final game of the season, Jerome was awarded an extra goal by the Dubious Goals Committee for his attempt against Burnley, which had previously been attributed to a Brian Jensen own goal. This took his tally for the season to 11. Jerome was a 92nd-minute substitute as Birmingham won the 2011 League Cup, defeating favourites Arsenal 2–1 at Wembley Stadium.
On 31 August 2011, the last day of the transfer window, Jerome signed a four-year contract with Premier League club Stoke City for an undisclosed fee, believed by Sky Sports to be £4 million. He scored on his Stoke City debut in the UEFA Europa League against Dynamo Kiev to earn his side a 1–1 draw away from home. He scored against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a 3–0 win but was then sent off for two bookable offences. Jerome scored his first League goal for Stoke against Wigan Athletic on 31 December 2011; it was his first league goal for more than 13 months. Since Jerome joined Stoke he has been used in a squad rotation system by manager Tony Pulis, something which Jerome admits he will have to accept. He continued to make an impact as a substitute scoring against West Bromwich Albion and Everton. However he began to vent his frustration at his lack of starts.
The 2012–13 season began with Jerome again on the bench and almost joined Blackburn Rovers on loan. He made a rare appearance against Newcastle United on 28 November 2012 coming on as a substitute, and he provided an assist for Jonathan Walters and then scored the winning goal. On 29 December, Jerome "lashed into the top corner from 30 yards" to score Stoke's third goal in a 3–3 draw with Southampton in the final minute of the match. He scored his third and final goal of the season in a 2–1 win against Reading on 9 February 2013. Stoke ended the season in 13th position with Jerome making 30 appearances of which nine were starts. At the end of the season Tony Pulis was replaced by Mark Hughes and Jerome criticised Pulis' lack of squad rotation. — "There's no guarantees [for places under Hughes] but before in the old regime, there was a guaranteed XI who played. No matter what happened, how you trained or if you came on and did well in the games you were involved in, you were still never going to start."
Loan to Crystal Palace
On 2 September 2013 Jerome joined Crystal Palace on loan for the 2013–14 season. He made his debut for the club on 14 September 2013, coming on as a 64th-minute substitute for Dwight Gayle in a 2–0 defeat away at Manchester United. After a poor start to the season Ian Holloway left Palace by mutual consent and Tony Pulis was appointed manager on 23 November 2013. Despite Jerome criticising Pulis towards the end of his time at Stoke, he started and scored against his former club Cardiff City on 7 December 2013.
Jerome made 10 appearances for the England under-21 team between 2005 and 2007 but failed to score.
- As of match played 15 December 2013.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Stoke City||2011–12||Premier League||23||4||4||2||2||0||7||2||36||8|
|Crystal Palace (loan)||2013–14||Premier League||10||1||0||0||0||0||–||10||1|
- Birmingham City
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