Colin Jackson (Scottish footballer)

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Colin Jackson
Personal information
Full name Colin MacDonald Jackson
Date of birth (1946-10-08)8 October 1946
Place of birth London, England
Date of death 6 June 2015(2015-06-06) (aged 68)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Banks O' Dee
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1982 Rangers 341 (23)
1982 Morton 6 (0)
1982–1983 Partick Thistle 19 (0)
1983 Morton 2 (0)
Total 368 (23)
National team
1975–1976 Scotland[1] 8 (1)
1976 Scottish League XI[2] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Colin MacDonald Jackson (8 October 1946 – 6 June 2015) was a Scottish footballer, who played predominantly for Rangers and the Scotland national team.


Jackson, a defender, initially joined Rangers straight from Ruthrieston School in 1962. He had a spell with Aberdeen side Sunnybank Athletic before rejoining the Light Blues in 1963.[3] He made a total of 506 appearances for Rangers between 1963 and 1982 and during his time at Ibrox won 3 League championships, 3 Scottish Cups and 5 League Cups. In the 1978–79 Scottish League Cup Final, he scored a last-minute winning goal.[4] Perhaps the biggest disappointment during his career came when he missed out on Rangers' victory in the 1972 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, having failed a fitness test prior to the game against Moscow Dynamo.[5]

Jackson was also recognised internationally by the Scottish League XI, Scotland under-23 and Scotland. He won a total of eight full international caps between 1975 and 1976, scoring one goal.[1] In his eight full internationals he was unbeaten, with Scotland recording five wins and three draws.[1]

After leaving Rangers, Jackson spent a month with Morton then the rest of the 1982–83 season with Partick Thistle. He retired in the summer of 1983 and became a partner in an East Kilbride printing venture.[3] He lived in Rutherglen for over 30 years.[6]

He died of leukaemia at his home on 6 June 2015.[5][7]

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  1. ^ a b c Colin Jackson at the Scottish Football Association
  2. ^ "Colin Jackson". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872–1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. (ISBN 0-907033-47-4).
  4. ^ "Colin Jackson: Defender who won multiple honours with Rangers and helped Scotland to victory over England in Glasgow". The Independent. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b Jack, Christopher (7 June 2015). "Rangers legend Colin Jackson dies after battle with leukaemia". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ Douglas Dickie (8 June 2015). "Colin Jackson: Rangers star who based himself in Rutherglen looks back on life in the Royal Burgh". Rutherglen Reformer. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ Chris Clements (7 June 2015). "Former Rangers and Scotland defender Colin Jackson dies after battle with leukemia". Daily Record. Retrieved 7 June 2015.

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