John Jackson (footballer, born 1942)
|Full name||John Keith Jackson|
|Date of birth||5 September 1942|
|Place of birth||Hammersmith, England|
|1977||→ St. Louis Stars (loan)||17||(0)|
|1978||→ California Surf (loan)||13||(0)|
|?||England youth team||?||(0)|
|1971||The Football League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
John Jackson (born 5 September 1942 in Hammersmith) is an English former footballer who made 656 appearances in the Football League playing as a goalkeeper for Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient, St. Louis Stars, California Surf, Millwall, Ipswich Town and Hereford United.
Jackson began his career as a junior with Crystal Palace, signing from St Clement Danes School in March 1962. He also spent time with Brentford as a junior. He was initially understudy to Bill Glazier but when Glazier left in 1964, vied successfully for the goalkeeping position with Tony Millington. He then went on to make 222 consecutive appearances and was ever present in the 1968–9 season which saw Palace reach the top flight for the first time. In the club's subsequent four seasons in the top division Jackson missed only four games. After Palace were relegated in 1973, he moved to Leyton Orient, where he stayed for six years. After that, two years at Millwall was followed by a year with Ipswich, and Jackson finished his career with Hereford United, after 19 years as a goalkeeper.
His one league appearance for Ipswich was in a high-pressure match against Manchester United, with Ipswich needing to win to stay in with a chance of winning the League Championship. Jackson received a standing ovation at the end of his first top flight match for seven years, having made three important saves in Town's 2-1 win. Ipswich manager Bobby Robson said: "We have paid him a year's salary to make those saves, but it was worth it!"
After retiring from football Jackson had many jobs including working for a golf magazine, then selling golf equipment after which for a time he was goalkeeping coach for Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.; and most recently reported as working as a courier for Lewes (district)council.
- Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 330. ISBN 0907969542.
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- Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 77. ISBN 0907969542.
- Brentford Official Matchday Magazine versus Plymouth Argyle 05/04/99. Blackheath: Morganprint. 1999. p. 19.
- Guardian, p 20, 21 April 1982
- Maul, Rob (8 May 2005). "Caught in Time Leyton Orient reach the 1978 FA Cup semifinal". The Times. London.
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