Jimmy Corbett

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Jimmy Corbett
Personal information
Full name James John Corbett
Date of birth (1980-07-06) 6 July 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Hackney, London, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1995–1996 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Gillingham 17 (2)
1998–2003 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2000 Portsmouth (loan) 0 (0)
2003 Darlington (loan) 10 (2)
2003–2005 Southend United 23 (2)
2005 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) ? (?)
2005 Margate 1 (0)
2005–2006 Welling United ? (?)
2006–2008 Folkestone Invicta ? (?)
2009 Faversham Town ? (?)
2010–2011 Herne Bay ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:14, 24 December 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

James John "Jimmy" Corbett (born 6 July 1980) is a retired English footballer. He played in the Football League for Gillingham, Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth, Darlington and Southend United before dropping into non-League football.


A midfielder, Corbett first became recognised while playing at Gillingham. He was playing in the first team at the age of 17[1] and his performances attracted attention from Premier League teams, leading to him joining Blackburn Rovers in 1998, for a fee of £525,000, potentially rising to £1m depending on appearances.[2][3] After joining Blackburn, he never really found the form that had attracted so many Premier League teams to him, due to extensive injury problems, including two broken ankles.[1] Without playing a single game for Blackburn in the league, he was sent out on loan to Portsmouth,[3] and then to Darlington.

After being released by Blackburn at the end of the 2003 season he joined Southend United, where he played a minor part in their team until 2005 when he was released again. He had a trial for Welling United, but a permanent move never materialised. He later joined Folkestone Invicta in 2006 before leaving by mutual consent in December 2008.[4]

He signed for Kent League side Faversham Town ahead of the 2009–10 season.[5] Corbett was forced to retire in December 2011, aged 31, after persistent injury problems.[6]


  1. ^ a b Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 94. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ Leach, Conrad (1998-08-09). "The Michael Owen factor: Six young Premiership stars poised to make the big breakthrough this season". The Independent (The Independent). Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b Davison, Matt (2007-09-24). "Past Masters | Jim Corbett". Gillingham FC Official Website. Gillingham F.C. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Corbett leaves Invicta". NonLeagueDaily.com. 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Luchford looking for fast start to Town's season". yourswale.co.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Injury hampers Corbett". NonLeagueDaily.com. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 

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