Jason Scotland

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Jason Scotland
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Scotland with Ipswich Town in 2010
Personal information
Full name Jason Kelvin Scotland
Date of birth (1979-02-18) 18 February 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 San Juan Jabloteh
1998–2002 Defence Force
2003–2005 Dundee United 50 (8)
2005–2007 St Johnstone 66 (33)
2007–2009 Swansea City 90 (45)
2009–2010 Wigan Athletic 32 (1)
2010–2013 Ipswich Town 87 (19)
2013–2014 Barnsley 38 (8)
2014–2015 Hamilton Academical 27 (10)
2015 Hamilton Academical 12 (3)
2015–2016 Stenhousemuir 14 (4)
Total 416 (131)
National team
2000–2012 Trinidad and Tobago 41 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:28, 12 March 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:48, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Jason Kelvin Scotland CM (born 18 February 1979) is a retired footballer who played as a striker.

Scotland started his footballing career in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to play professionally for Scottish club Dundee United. He has also had spells with St Johnstone, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Ipswich Town, Barnsley and Hamilton Academical.[1][2] He has 41 international caps and has scored 8 goals for Trinidad and Tobago since his debut in 2000, playing at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


Early career[edit]

Born in Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago, after playing for Malick Senior Comprehensive School, Scotland went on to play with San Juan Jabloteh – for whom he scored nine goals in as many league games – and Defence Force, where he scored 30 goals in 31 league appearances. This incredible goalscoring form earned him a trial with Scottish side Dundee United in May 2003 alongside fellow Trinidad player Devon Mitchell.[3] After impressing, Scotland joined compatriot Collin Samuel at Tannadice after gaining a work permit in July.[4] After making his debut in August, Scotland featured mostly as a substitute in his first season and was wanted on loan by Northern Irish club Linfield in January 2004,[5] although no move materialised. In March, Scotland scored his first goal for United, netting in a 3–2 win at Livingston and four days later scored the only goal in a 1–0 home win against Motherwell. With three more goals that season, Scotland scored five league goals from 21 appearances, with the majority as substitute appearances, and was awarded a new contract.[6] In Scotland's second season, it again took him several months to score, netting his first of the season in late December. In April, however, Scotland scored perhaps his most important goal of the season, netting the winner in the Scottish Cup semi-final to take United into the final. Scotland went on to play the full 90 minutes of the final as United narrowly lost 1–0 to Celtic.

St Johnstone[edit]

In July 2005, Scotland was denied a new work permit and the club made an appeal,[7] which was deemed unsuccessful by a Scottish Premier League appeals committee.[8] Within three weeks, St Johnstone from the Scottish First Division, were successful in gaining a work permit for the player – despite using the same dossier as United had presented previously.[9] Scotland went on to net 15 goals in 31 league appearances in his first season at McDiarmid Park, including a goal on his debut and a hat-trick in April. Scotland was named in Trinidad Tobago's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. Scotland's second season produced 18 league goals, including a goal against former club Dundee United in a League Cup match. Despite his goal against his former club, he received a warm reception from the United fans.[10] In February 2007, Scotland was the subject of racist taunts by a small section of Motherwell fans during St Johnstone's visit to Fir Park in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. He went on to score Saints' second goal in a 2–1 victory.[11] In April 2007, Scotland was one of three St Johnstone players named in the SPFA's Scottish Division One 'Team of the Year', voted for by the managers.[12] At the end of the 2006–07 season, in his two seasons with St Johnstone, Scotland had scored 33 goals in 66 league games for the club, an average of one goal every two games.

Swansea City[edit]

In May 2007, Scotland signed for Swansea City for a fee of £25,000 subject to obtaining a work permit,[13] which was granted on 4 July.[14] Scotland scored on his debut and he helped the team to promotion to the Football League Championship, finishing the season with 29 goals in all competitions – the division's top scorer – and also earning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

Scotland netted a 78th minute penalty kick against Plymouth Argyle on 10 March 2009, his 50th goal for Swansea in all competitions[15]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Scotland signed for Wigan on a three-year contract on 18 July, after receiving international and visa approval.[16] He made his debut as a stoppage time substitute in a 2–0 victory over Aston Villa on 15 August. He scored his first goal for Wigan in the FA Cup against Notts County on 23 January 2010.[17] He scored his first league goal for the club on his 29th league appearance against Fulham on 4 April 2010.[18]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Scotland signed for Ipswich Town on 23 August 2010, initially on a two-year deal for a fee of £500,000. He made his Ipswich debut against Crewe in the League Cup and then scored his first goal for the club on his league debut against Bristol City on 28 August 2010. In April 2012, he was praised by manager Paul Jewell for turning down a clause in his contract which would have meant that he would have received a wage increase.[19]

He left Ipswich Town on 21 January 2013, after agreeing a contract settlement. The move proved somewhat controversial among some fans of the club considering Scotland had developed into somewhat of a fan favourite as an impact substitute. It was also deemed a rash move from the club considering fellow striker Nathan Ellington remained at the club with a goal total of zero.[20]


It was announced on 28 January 2013, that Scotland signed for Championship side Barnsley until the end of the season.[21] His first appearance for Barnsley came as a substitute in a 2–0 victory against Millwall at Oakwell, where he scored the second goal, only a few minutes after coming on to the field of play.[22]

On 4 May 2013 he scored Barnsley's second goal in a 2–2 draw away against Huddersfield Town, heading home a David Perkins cross, helping Barnsley to a point which ultimately secured the Reds' place in the Championship for another season.

Hamilton Academical[edit]

On 22 January 2014, Scotland signed for Hamilton Academical on a free transfer.[23] He scored against Hibernian in the second leg of a promotion/relegation play-off on 25 May, also scoring in the subsequent penalty shootout as Hamilton won promotion to the Scottish Premiership.[24]

He was released by Hamilton on 3 January 2015,[25] but then on 27 January 2015, Scotland re-signed for the club until the end of the 2014–15 season.[26] He was released by Hamilton at the end of the 2014–15 season.[27]


Scotland signed a short-term contract with Stenhousemuir in October 2015.[28]

International career[edit]

Scotland made his debut for Trinidad and Tobago in 2000 and went on to earn 41 caps for the Twin Islanders, scoring 8 goals. He was a member of the squad which participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but saw no playing time. Although during this campaign, Real Radio in Scotland made a song in his honour as Scotland had not qualified for the tournament, the song inferred that Jason Scotland was Scotland's representative at the World Cup. A line from this song is " the Tartan Army are on the go with Trinidad and Tobago it's Scotland ohohaeoh".

In late September 2011, Scotland announced his retirement from international football to concentrate on his club career with Ipswich Town.[29]


  1. ^ [1] Jason Scotland discusses his evolution from Trinidad and Tobago electrical trainee to Premier League footballer. (Part One). Wired868.com
  2. ^ Scotland discusses his evolution from Trinidad and Tobago electrical trainee to Premier League footballer. (Part Two). Wired868.com
  3. ^ "Rocket jets in to Tannadice". BBC Sport. 8 May 2003. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Scotland gets signing all-clear". BBC Sport. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Blues move for new striker". BBC Sport. 22 January 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Scotland signs new Tannadice deal". BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "United expect Scotland decision". BBC Sport. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Agent hits out at British justice". BBC Sport. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "United fury at Scotland decision". BBC Sport. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "'Villain' Scotland hails Utd fans". BBC Sport. 20 September 2006. 
  11. ^ "Scotland disappointed at racism". BBC Sport. 1 March 2007. 
  12. ^ "Division One 'Team of the Year'". BBC Sport. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Swans sign Scotland from Saints". BBC Sport. 25 May 2007. 
  14. ^ Nicolson, Eric (5 July 2007). "Scotland makes move to Wales". The Courier. Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. 
  15. ^ http://www.swanseacity.net/page/MatchReport/0,,10354~44869,00.html
  16. ^ "Scotland completes Wigan transfer". BBC Sport. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Notts County 2 – 2 Wigan". BBC. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Fulham 2 – 1 Wigan". BBC. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "Jason Scotland waives Ipswich Town contract clause". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Jason Scotland agrees contract settlement with Ipswich Town". EADT Suffolk Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Reds Snap Up Scotland". Barnsley FC. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Barnsley 2–0 Millwall". BBC. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Jason Scotland Signs". Hamilton Academical FC. 22 January 2014. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  24. ^ Lindsay, Clive (25 May 2014). "Hibs 0-2 Hamilton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  25. ^ http://acciesfc.co.uk/index.php/news/319-jason-scotland-departs
  26. ^ "Transfer news: Jason Scotland rejoins Hamilton three weeks after leaving club". Sky Sports. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  27. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33028602
  28. ^ Bulloch, Terry (20 October 2015). "Player signing". Stenhousemuir F.C. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  29. ^ Gooderham, Dave (30 September 2011). "Knuckled down Scotland walks away from Trinidad". The Green 'Un. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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