Matt Jansen

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Matt Jansen
Matt Jansen.jpg
Jansen playing for Chorley in 2011
Personal information
Full name Matthew Brooke Jansen
Date of birth (1977-10-20) 20 October 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Wetheral, Carlisle, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1993–1995 Carlisle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Carlisle United 42 (10)
1998–1999 Crystal Palace 26 (10)
1999–2006 Blackburn Rovers 153 (44)
2003 Coventry City (loan) 9 (2)
2006 Bolton Wanderers 6 (0)
2009 Wrexham 3 (1)
2009–2010 Leigh Genesis 30 (9)
2010– Chorley 41 (4)
National team
1999–2000 England U21 6 (0)
Teams managed
2015– Chorley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:19, 14 October 2011 (UTC).

Matthew Brooke "Matt" Jansen (born 20 October 1977) is an English footballer, who plays as a striker for Chorley and, in July 2015, became the club's manager.

He started his career with hometown club Carlisle United, and also played for Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers as well as a loan spell with Coventry City. A goalscorer in Blackburn's League Cup victory in 2002, his career declined after a near-fatal motorcycle accident later that year. He won six England under-21 caps and was called up once to the senior national team.

After three years out of contract, Jansen went into non-league football with Wrexham, Leigh Genesis, and is currently manager for side Chorley.

Early life[edit]

Jansen was born in Wetheral, near Carlisle, Cumbria. He supported Newcastle United as a boy. He attended Cumwhinton Primary School, Newman School and Austin Friars, Carlisle.

Football career[edit]

Carlisle United[edit]

A creative player, Jansen's career started at his home town club of Carlisle United, where he scored 10 league goals. In 1997, he also earned his first taste of glory as Carlisle earned promotion to the Second Division after finishing third. During the same season he also won his first piece of silverware as he came on late in extra time at Wembley for Carlisle's win against Colchester United in the 1997 Football League Trophy Final.[1]

Crystal Palace[edit]

His performances at Carlisle had heads turning in higher leagues and he turned down the chance to join Manchester United before signing for then Premier League side Crystal Palace in 1998 for £1 million.

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

His impressive displays at Crystal Palace earned him a move to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers for £4.1 million. Jansen showed signs of things to come when he scored against Tottenham Hotspur on his debut in January 1999.[2]

Blackburn were relegated to the First Division in Jansen's first season, but he was the star of the team which won promotion back to the Premier League in the 2000–01 season,[3] finishing as the league's second top scorer, after Fulham's Louis Saha, with 23 goals. He continued to impress in the following season, scoring the first goal in Blackburn's 2–1 League Cup final victory against Tottenham Hotspur in 2002.[4] His good form led to an England call-up for the friendly game against Paraguay. However, he missed out on what would be his only International football match for his nation due to a stomach bug.

A motorcycle accident in Rome, Italy during the summer of 2002 nearly killed Jansen and long-term hospitalisation followed (he spent six days in a coma). In the seasons after the accident he struggled to regain his place in the Blackburn side which led to him being loaned to Coventry City in 2003,[5] where he scored 2 goals in 9 appearances. He made another attempt to force his way into the Blackburn team at the start of the 2004–05 season, scoring 2 goals in 8 appearances. However, it was felt that he had still not recovered mentally from the accident and was struggling to cope with the pressures of Premier League football. As a result, Blackburn decided it best for him take another break from football and sent him to visit a sports psychiatrist in the USA.

In May 2005, Jansen signed a two-year 'pay as you play' contract with Blackburn, suggesting that the club was ready to give him one final chance to establish himself in the team after his injury, and he returned to action in a pre-season friendly against Morecambe in July 2005. In October 2005, Preston North End made an enquiry about Jansen, however this came to nothing.[6]

However, Jansen once again struggled to gain a first-team place once the season started. Blackburn agreed to release him from his contract on 11 January 2006.[7]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Two days after release by Blackburn he signed for Bolton Wanderers on a six-month contract,[8] amid interest from Everton, Manchester City and Wigan Athletic.[7] However, his stay at the Reebok Stadium was not a success and he was released in May of the same year.[9]

Out of contract[edit]

In the summer of 2006, Jansen had trials with Los Angeles Galaxy[10] and the New York Red Bulls but there would be no move to the MLS due to rival team Columbus Crew allegedly exercising a loophole in transfer rules to block any move. Bolton manager Sam Allardyce invited the player back to England and he continued to train with Bolton.[11] In the summer of 2007 he returned to his original club, Carlisle United, to train in an attempt to regain his fitness.[12]

Despite developing other business interests such as property, Jansen did not rule out a return to professional football, saying in July 2008, "I'm keeping myself reasonably fit...we'll see what happens."[13]

In November 2008, Blackburn announced that Jansen would return in a casual agreement to help regain fitness in a bid to have one last go at reclaiming the promising and glittering career he once had in professional football. Having trained with the club for two months he left Brockhall with the arrival of new manager Sam Allardyce. Jansen was present at the club's Premier League game with Newcastle United when he also featured in a pre-recorded half-time lottery draw broadcast on the club television station as part of the half-time "entertainment".[14]

On 18 February, he joined Football League One side Huddersfield Town on trial and was given a run-out in their reserve match against Rotherham United the same day, in which he scored the opening goal of a 2–2 draw.[15]


On 11 March, he agreed a deal with Conference National side Wrexham until the end of the season,[16] scoring once against Northwich Victoria.[17]

Leigh Genesis[edit]

In the close season of 2009, Jansen joined up with former teammate Garry Flitcroft, then manager of NPL Division One North side Leigh Genesis[18] and played for them in the 2009–10 season, but when Flitcroft left to take over the reins at Leigh's rivals Chorley in May 2010, Jansen soon followed along with a number of other Genesis players.


Jansen scored his first Chorley goal, an acrobatic scissor kick, against old club Bolton Wanderers in a 1–1 pre-season draw at Victory Park. During the 2010–11 season he played 22 league games and scored three league goals. He would also start both play-off games which led to the club's promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

In July 2015, Jansen became Chorley's first team manager after Flitcroft's resignition due to work.

International career[edit]

Jansen played 6 times for the England U-21 team without scoring. In 2002, he was called up by Sven-Göran Eriksson to play for the senior squad, however due to a stomach bug caught from his nephew he had to pull out from the squad. Jansen later revealed that Eriksson had informed him the night before a friendly with Paraguay that he would start; however the stomach bug prevented this. He was also expected to go to the 2002 World Cup; he was even invited to David Beckham's send off party and had his competition suit measured, but Eriksson ultimately decided to take defender Martin Keown instead.[19]

Club career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1996–97 Carlisle United Third Division 19 1 2 0 1 0 - 26 1
1997–98 Second Division 23 9 1 0 4 3 - 30 11
Crystal Palace Premier League 8 3 - - - 8 3
1998–99 First Division 18 7 1 0 4 0 - 23 7
Blackburn Rovers Premier League 11 3 - - - 11 3
1999–00 First Division 30 4 1 1 2 2 - 33 7
2000–01 40 23 6 1 2 0 - 48 24
2001–02 Premier League 35 10 3 0 5 6 - 43 16
2002–03 7 0 2 2 3 0 - 12 2
Coventry City (loan) First Division 9 2 - - - 9 2
2003–04 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 19 2 - - 2 1 21 3
2004–05 7 2 - 1 0 - 8 2
2005–06 4 0 - 1 0 - 5 0
Bolton Wanderers 6 0 1 0 - - 7 0
2008–09 Wrexham Conference National 3 1 - - - 3 1
Total 231 65 14 3 23 11 2 1 265 80

a. All Football League Trophy results are included in totals

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 1 October 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Chorley[21] 2 July 2015 Present 67 32 16 19 047.76
Total 67 32 16 19 047.76


Carlisle United
Blackburn Rovers


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  2. ^ "Jansen goal highlights weaknesses". The Independent. 1 February 1999. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Johnson, William (2 May 2001). "Jansen puts Blackburn back in the top flight". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Cole strike stuns Spurs". BBC Sport. 24 February 2002. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jansen completes Coventry move". BBC Sport. 18 February 2003. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Preston admit interest in Jansen". BBC Sport. 5 October 2005. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Quartet show interest in Jansen". BBC Sport. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bolton snap up free agent Jansen". BBC Sport. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jansen heads fresh Bolton exodus". BBC Sport. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Whittle, Julian (20 October 2008). "Matt Jansen rejects chance to play at LA Galaxy with David Beckham". Times & Star. Workington: CN Group. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Bevan, Chris (20 September 2006). "Jansen keen to keep options open". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Blues help Jansen regain fitness". BBC Sport. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2008. 
  13. ^ York, Gary (4 July 2008). "Matt Jansen – my life after Blackburn Rovers". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest. Retrieved 8 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Blackburn boss gives Jansen hope". BBC Sport. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008. 
  15. ^ "Matt Jansen's on the button for Huddersfield Town". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Trinity Mirror. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wrexham complete Jansen signing". BBC Sport. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Northwich 1–2 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Jansen joins non-league Genesis". BBC Sport. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  19. ^ Holt, Oliver (28 March 2009). "Matt Jansen admits his football days are finally over – exclusive". Mirror Football. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "Matt Jansen". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  21. ^ Wheelock, Paul (2 July 2015). "Matt Jansen takes over at Chorley after Garry Flitcroft stands down". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
    "2015–16 Chorley FC Fixtures and Results". Chorley FC. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
    "2016–17 Chorley FC Fixtures and Results". Chorley FC. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 

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