John Jackson (footballer born 1942)

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John Jackson
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-09-05) 5 September 1942 (age 72)
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1973 Crystal Palace 346 (0)
1973–1979 Leyton Orient 226 (0)
1979–1981 Millwall 79 (0)
1981–1982 Ipswich Town 1 (0)
1982–1983 Hereford United 4 (0)
Total 656 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Jackson (born 5 September 1942 in Hammersmith) is an English former footballer who made 656 appearances in the Football League playing as a goalkeeper for Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Ipswich Town and Hereford United.[1]


Jackson began his career as a junior with Crystal Palace, with whom he played for nine years in the Football League. In 1973, he moved to Leyton Orient, where he stayed for six years. After that, two years at Millwall was followed by a year with Ipswich, and Jackson finished his career with Hereford United, after 19 years as a goalkeeper.[1]

His one league appearance for Ipswich was in a high-pressure match against Manchester United, with Ipswich needing to win to stay in with a chance of winning the League Championship. Jackson received a standing ovation at the end of his first top flight match for seven years, having made three important saves in Town's 2-1 win. Ipswich manager Bobby Robson said: "We have paid him a year's salary to make those saves, but it was worth it!" [2]

His nickname, reflecting the Palace supporters' respect for his safe hands, was "Stonewall", inspired by the Confederate general from the American Civil War.[citation needed]

Later life[edit]

After retiring from football Jackson had many jobs including working for a golf magazine, then selling golf equipment after which for a time he was goalkeeping coach for Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.; and most recently reported as working as a courier for Lewes (district)council.[3]


  1. ^ a b "John Jackson". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Guardian, p 20, 21st April 1982
  3. ^ Maul, Rob (8 May 2005). "Caught in Time Leyton Orient reach the 1978 FA Cup semifinal". The Times (London).