Colin Jackson (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.

† Appearances (goals)

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. 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.[4]

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 died of leukaemia at his home on 6 June 2015.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Colin Jackson at
  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. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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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