Gareth Jelleyman

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Gareth Jelleyman
Personal information
Full name Gareth Anthony Jelleyman
Date of birth (1980-11-14) 14 November 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Holywell, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Stamford afc
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Peterborough United 104 (0)
1998 Boston United (loan) 2 (0)
2004 Boston United (loan) 3 (0)
2005 Mansfield Town (loan) 1 (0)
2005–2008 Mansfield Town 126 (1)
2008–2009 Rushden & Diamonds 17 (0)
2009 Barrow (loan) 9 (0)
2009 AFC Telford United 6 (0)
2009–2010 Barrow 26 (0)
2010–2013 Boston United 70 (0)

Corby Town

clubs12 = stamford
5 (0)
National team
Wales U21 2 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:55, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:07, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Gareth Jelleyman (born 14 November 1980) is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender and is currently playing for Corby Town.

He has previously played for Peterborough United, Boston United, Mansfield Town, Rushden & Diamonds and Barrow. Jelleyman is a left-sided player who usually plays at left-back, however he has also occasionally been used in midfield.


Born in Holywell, Jelleyman began his career as a trainee with Peterborough United in 1998.[1] He had a short spell on loan at Boston United in 1998,[2] before breaking into the first team at age 19 during the 1999–00 season,[3] and was called up to the Welsh Under-21 squad for the match against Belarus in September 2000.[4] In August 2004, Jelleyman joined Boston United on a one-month loan with a view to a permanent deal,[5] but returned to Peterborough before being released on a free transfer and joining Mansfield Town in January 2005.[6] In six seasons at Peterborough United, he made 122 appearances in all competitions.[1] Jelleyman signed a new one-year contract at Mansfield Town in June 2007 with manager Billy Dearden describing him as having "...probably been one of my top three players since I came to the club...".[7] By the end of the 2007–08 season, Jelleyman had made over 140 appearances in all competitions for Mansfield.[1] After Mansfield Town were relegated to the Football Conference at the end of the 2007–08 season, he was out of contract but was offered new terms by the club.[8]

In July 2008, Jelleyman signed for Conference National outfit Rushden & Diamonds until the end of the 2008–09 season.[9] After a loan spell in 2009 at Barrow Jelleyman signed for Conference North team AFC Telford United in July. He made his debut in Telford's Shropshire Senior Cup final victory against Shrewsbury Town, but returned to Barrow in the Conference National on 28 August. He spent the full season with Barrow, but was released in May 2010. In July, he re-joined Boston United for a third spell at York Street. On 22 February 2013 Jelleyman was released by United.[10]

In popular culture[edit]

Jelleyman's name is homophonic with jelly. The subject of numerous jokes, this most notably appeared on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday, in which presenter Jeff Stelling said: "Oh no! Gareth Jelleyman's been sent off at Oxford. Let's hope he hasn't thrown a wobbly."[citation needed], a vernacular expression for losing your temper which also relates to the consistency of jelly. Stelling's April 2009 book discussing his time on Soccer Saturday was entitled Jelleyman's thrown a wobbly.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Gareth Jelleyman". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gareth Jelleyman". Team profiles. Mansfield Town F.C. Archived from the original on 17 April 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Games played by Gareth Jelleyman in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Wales under-21 squad". BBC Sport. 17 August 2000. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Evans makes triple swoop". BBC Sport. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Mansfield agree Jelleyman terms". BBC Sport. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Jelleyman agrees new Stags deal". BBC Sport. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Seven players to leave Mansfield". BBC Sport. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Another impressive duo join Diamonds". 21 July 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2008. 
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  11. ^ Stelling, Jeff. 2009. Jelleyman's Thrown a Wobbly: Saturday Afternoons in Front of the Telly HarperSport ISBN 978-0-00-728125-1

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