Michael Jackson (footballer)
|Full name||Michael James Jackson|
|Date of birth||4 December 1973|
|Place of birth||Runcorn, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1997–2004||Preston North End||251||(17)|
|2002–2003||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:03, 28 March 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Jackson started his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra in 1992. During his development at Crewe, Jackson went on to play for his home town club Runcorn FC, during a loan spell and played several key games for Runcorn FC in the GM Vauxhall Conference. He signed for Bury in August 1993 on a free transfer where he stayed until 1997 making 125 league appearances and scoring nine goals. In March 1997 he signed for Preston North End for a fee of £125,000. In seven years at the club, he made 251 league appearances and scored 17 goals. While at Preston, he had a one-month loan spell at Tranmere Rovers from December 2002 to January 2003. Then, in May 2004, he signed for Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer, making 84 appearances in two years at the club.
In June 2006, Jackson joined Blackpool on a free transfer. He scored his first goal for Blackpool on 19 August 2006 in a 4-2 league win at Bristol City. He became an instrumental part of the Blackpool team and captained the side in their promotion to the English Championship in May 2007. Jackson picked up an injury in February 2008 which kept him out for two months before he made a late-season comeback. On 7 May 2008, however, he was released by Blackpool. After his goal against Bristol City in the league he scored further goals against Norwich City in the FA Cup and Southend United in the League Cup.
On 23 June 2008, it was reported that Jackson was about to sign a two-year contract with Shrewsbury Town. The deal was completed the following day. Shrewsbury announced on 13 January 2010 that Jackson had retired from playing due to a persistent knee injury as a specialist advised him not to risk his long term health by continuing, but he was to remain at the club until the end of the 2009-10 season in a coaching capacity. Jackson continued in this role and along with David Hughes is touted as a possible successor to manager Graham Turner when Turner retires.
- "Profile - Michael Jackson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
- "Bristol City 2-4 Blackpool". BBC. 19 August 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Shrews close in on Jackson deal". BBC Sport. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
- "Retained List Latest". Blackpool F.C. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
- "Norwich 3-2 Blackpool (aet)". BBC. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Blackpool 2-1 Southend (aet)". BBC. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Shrewbury Town sign Pool skipper Jackson". Blackpool Gazette. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
- "Shrews break club record for Holt". BBC Sport. 24 June 2008.
- "Injuries force Jackson to retire". BBC Sport. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-16.