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Beckford playing for Leicester City in 2012
|Full name||Jermaine Paul Alexander Beckford|
|Date of birth||9 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Ealing, London, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Preston North End
(on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
|2003–2004||→ Uxbridge (loan)||8||(2)|
|2006||→ Carlisle United (loan)||4||(1)|
|2007||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||18||(8)|
|2012–2013||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||21||(8)|
|2014–||→ Preston North End (loan)||21||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:16, 21 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Jermaine Paul Alexander Beckford (born 9 December 1983) is an English-born Jamaican international footballer who plays for Preston North End on loan from Bolton Wanderers. He started his career as a trainee at Chelsea. Beckford has also played for Wealdstone, Uxbridge, Carlisle United, Scunthorpe United, Leeds United and Everton. He has also received international caps for Jamaica.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Beckford originally began his career in the Chelsea youth team, coming through the ranks at the same time as Carlton Cole. Rejected by Chelsea, he was signed up by Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone and played part-time whilst also working as a windscreen fitter for the RAC. His very impressive goal scoring record attracted a lot of attention from Football League sides and reportedly more than 30 clubs showed an interest in the prolific striker, with many sending scouts to watch him play for Wealdstone. He had a trial with Championship side Crystal Palace, before signing for Leeds United in March 2006 for an undisclosed fee, having scored 35 goals in 40 games for Wealdstone that season.
He first featured the following week at Elland Road, when he made his debut as a substitute in a home draw against Crystal Palace on 21 March. He played on four more occasions for Leeds' first team that season. He joined Carlisle United on a month's loan in October, scoring against Millwall on his debut. After completing his loan spell, he returned to Leeds before being loaned out again to League One promotion challengers Scunthorpe United until the end of the season. He played in every single game after his arrival, scoring eight goals, and Scunthorpe finished as champions.
Beckford returned to Leeds for the 2007–08 season and scored his first league goal for the club in a 4–1 victory against Southend United in August 2007. In October he signed a new three-year deal with Leeds, and was awarded League One Fans' Player of the Month. In March 2008, Beckford won two awards at the third annual Football League Awards: League One Player of the Year and Football League Goal of the Year for his strike against Rotherham United during his loan spell with Scunthorpe United.
Beckford started the 2008–09 season well, scoring ten goals in eight starts. His first professional hat-trick was scored against League Two side Chester City in the first round of the League Cup. He would go on to score three hat-tricks in all competitions that season, and more than 30 goals in total. Beckford was offered a new contract by Leeds United but the player rejected it and spent some time on the club's transfer list, with Leeds rejecting two bids to buy him.
Beckford started the 2009–10 season by scoring 11 goals in 14 matches, and had reached 19 goals by the end of 2009. In December 2009, following interest from Newcastle United, Beckford handed in a transfer request on 30 December, which was accepted by Leeds. Beckford's first game after the request was in the FA Cup 3rd Round, away to Leeds' great rivals Manchester United who were two divisions above the Yorkshire club. Leeds caused an upset by winning 1–0, with Beckford scoring the only goal. This was the first time that Manchester United had been knocked out of a cup competition at the third round stage under the management of Alex Ferguson. Beckford also scored both goals in the Fourth Round tie against another Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, to earn Leeds United a replay at Elland Road.
Leeds finished the league season in second place and gained automatic promotion to the Football League Championship, with Beckford scoring the promotion clinching goal against Bristol Rovers on the final day of the season. Beckford scored 31 goals in all competitions, 25 in the league. He won Leeds United's goal of the season at Leeds' annual Player of the Season awards for his goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Following the end of the season, in May 2010, Leeds cancelled Beckford's contract a month early to enable him to find a new club.
In May 2010, Beckford signed for Everton on a four-year contract on a free transfer and was given squad number 16. After playing and scoring in pre-season friendlies Beckford made his Everton debut as a second-half substitute against Blackburn Rovers and his full debut a week later at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He scored his first goal for the club, a penalty, against Huddersfield Town in the Football League Cup in August 2010 and an injury-time equaliser at home against his future employers Bolton Wanderers in November 2010 was Beckford's first league goal for the Toffees. He also scored at Anfield against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. At the end of his debut season for Everton he had scored 8 goals in the league and 10 goals in all competitions.
On 31 August 2011, Everton accepted a £2.5 million bid for Beckford from Championship side Leicester City. Beckford arrived at the King Power Stadium just 40 minutes before the transfer window closed to sign a four-year contract, making him Leicester City's 12th signing of the summer. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Watford on 19 October 2011. On 17 January, Beckford scored his first hat-trick for Leicester, in a 4–0 FA Cup win over rivals Nottingham Forest. He scored a brace against Swindon Town in the FA Cup, and scored two more braces in March 2012, in a 3–1 win against Birmingham City, and a 3–3 draw against Blackpool.
Huddersfield Town (loan)
On 28 September 2012, it was announced that Jermaine Beckford had joined Huddersfield Town on a 93-day emergency loan until 29 December, following a week training with the under 21 squad at his parent club Leicester City and a failed loan bid from the same club on 31 August. He made his debut the following day in the 3–2 loss to Watford at the John Smith's Stadium. He scored his first goal for the club in the 1–0 win over Birmingham City at St. Andrew's on 6 October 2012.
On 17 July 2013, he moved to Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year contract. He made his debut for Bolton in their 1–1 draw with Lancashire rivals Burnley on 3 August 2013, playing eighty minutes before being replaced by Craig Davies. His first goal came in the League Cup second round, as he scored against Tranmere Rovers. He also scored one of the penalties as the match went to penalties but ultimately Bolton ended up losing the shoot out 4–2. The game itself finished 1–1.
He scored his first league goal for Bolton in their 2–1 win away at Birmingham City which coincided with the club's first league win of the new season. Whilst not getting off to the best start, goals started to come with him scoring 5 in 6 in matches against Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth, Millwall and Watford and the aforementioned Birmingham. Striker Joe Mason joined Bolton on the 11th November 2013, on a short term loan deal. This saw Beckford dropped to the bench for a while, until returning to the starting line up and scoring against his former club Leicester City on the 30th December 2013. Bolton went on to lose the game 5–3.
Preston North End (loan)
On 20 November 2014 he signed for Preston North End on loan until the end of the season.
Beckford was approached by Grenada's coach Tommy Taylor with a view to playing for the Grenada national football team in May 2009. In May 2011, former Jamaican international Romel Wallen stated that Beckford was close to finalising an agreement to play for Jamaica.
In November 2012, the Jamaican Football Federation reported that Beckford had shown interest playing for the Reggae Boyz and was in the pool of players eligible to be called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
He received a call-up in March 2013 for their qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica and made his début in the 1–1 draw against Panama at Independence Park, Kingston on 22 March 2013. He then got his second cap four days later in the 2–0 defeat against Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José.
- Scores and results list Jamaica's goal tally first.
|1.||8 June 2013||Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica||United States||1–1||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- As of match played 17 April 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Carlisle United (loan)||2006–07||League One||4||1||—||—||1[c]||0||5||1|
|Scunthorpe United (loan)||2006–07||League One||18||8||—||—||—||18||8|
|Huddersfield Town (loan)||2012–13||Championship||21||8||1||1||—||—||22||9|
|Preston North End (loan)||2014–15||League One||19||10||2||0||—||3[c]||0||24||10|
- As of match played 10 September 2013.
- Football League One
- Runners up: 2009–10
- Football League Awards
- PFA Awards
- Leeds United Player of the Year Awards
- FA Cup
- FA Cup Top Scorer 2011–12
Beckford's younger brother, Travis Beckford, won the first series of Wayne Rooney's Street Striker on Sky TV. Due to having a Jamaican father and Grenadian family on his mother's side Beckford is eligible to play for Jamaica, Grenada and England.
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