Nigel Jemson

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Nigel Jemson
Personal information
Full name Nigel Bradley Jemson[1]
Date of birth (1969-08-10) 10 August 1969 (age 54)
Place of birth Hutton, Lancashire, England
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Preston North End 32 (8)
1988–1991 Nottingham Forest 47 (13)
1989Bolton Wanderers (loan) 5 (0)
1989Preston North End (loan) 9 (2)
1991–1994 Sheffield Wednesday 51 (9)
1993Grimsby Town (loan) 6 (2)
1994–1996 Notts County 14 (1)
1995Watford (loan) 4 (0)
1995Coventry City (loan) 0 (0)
1996Rotherham United (loan) 16 (5)
1996–1998 Oxford United 68 (27)
1998–1999 Bury 29 (1)
1999–2000 Ayr United 12 (5)
2000 Oxford United 18 (0)
2000–2003 Shrewsbury Town 109 (36)
2003–2004 Ballymena United 22 (7)
2004–2008 Ilkeston Town
2008–2009 Halifax Town
2009 Arnold Town 6 (1)
2009–2010 Rainworth Miners Welfare
Total 420 (109)
International career
1990 England U21 1 (0)
Managerial career
2005–2008 Ilkeston Town (player-manager)
2009 Halifax Town (caretaker manager)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Nigel Bradley Jemson (born 10 August 1969) is an English footballer, who represented his country at under-21 level and was the player-manager of Ilkeston Town until May 2008.[2] He finished his career at Rainworth Miners Welfare in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Club career[edit]

Jemson played for a total of 12 English league clubs, most notably for Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, one Scottish league club and one Northern Irish league club during his career, rarely lasting more than a season in each club. Arguably, the highlight of his career was the winning goal he scored in the 1990 League Cup Final for Nottingham Forest against Oldham Athletic, the only goal of the game.

Jemson made his league debut aged 16 in 1986 with Fourth Division Preston North End whom he had joined as a Y.T.S. lad. In March 1988 Jemson was signed by Brian Clough for Nottingham Forest for a fee of £150,000 but did not make his Forest league debut until season 1989-1990 after loan spells with Bolton Wanderers and old club Preston. In September 1991 Jemson was signed by Trevor Francis for Sheffield Wednesday for a fee of £800,000 and helped the club to a third-place finish. September 1994 saw a move back to Nottingham, this time joining Notts County for a fee of £300,000.[3] During his time there, he had loan spells with Watford,[4] Coventry City,[5] and Rotherham United.[6] In April 1996 he scored both Rotherham's goals in a 2–1 win over Shrewsbury Town, for whom he later played 109 games, in the Football League Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.[7] In 1996 Jemson was signed by Oxford United for a fee of £60,000 where he enjoyed two successful seasons. Moves to Bury, Ayr United, and a return to Oxford United followed before Jemson ended his English league career in 2003 after three successful seasons at Shrewsbury Town.

Jemson also gained national fame in January 2003, after scoring the Shrewsbury goals that knocked Everton out of the FA Cup third round. He put the Shrews into a first-half lead with a free kick and, after Niclas Alexandersson had equalised for Everton, glanced a last-minute header past Richard Wright,[8] to give Shrewsbury a famous giant-killing victory. Having earlier scored once against Stafford Rangers[9] and twice against Barrow,[10] his two goals against Everton took his tally to 5 in the competition meaning he ended up as top scorer.

In 2010, he replaced Eoin Jess in the Nottingham Forest's Masters team for the 2010 HKFC International Soccer Sevens tournament.[11]

International career[edit]

Jemson was capped once for the England under-21s, in a 0–0 friendly against Wales under-21s in December 1990.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Jemson was reportedly training as a fireman in Bingham, Nottinghamshire.[13] He also maintains his interest in football, working at Nottingham Forest as a match day host, and starting a blog about his former team in October 2011.[14]

Jemson has also worked as a Business Development manager and Brand Ambassador for several businesses, currently with estate agents Pygott & Crone.


Nottingham Forest

Rotherham United


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  2. ^ "Players: J". Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Football". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 11 July 1996. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Sporting Digest: Football". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 13 January 1995. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  5. ^ Shaw, Phil (24 March 1995). "Blackburn stage coup with Witschge loan". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  6. ^ "David Speedie sacked by Crawley". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 17 February 1996. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  7. ^ Wood, Greg (15 April 1996). "Familiar role for Jemson". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Shrews shock Everton". BBC Sport. 4 January 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury 4–0 Stafford". BBC Sport. 16 November 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Shrewsbury 3–1 Barrow". BBC Sport. 7 December 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Jemson drafted in". 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  12. ^ Barrie Courtney. "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  13. ^ "From football to fireman – ex Shrewsbury Town ace's new career". 2 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  14. ^ "About Nigel Jemson's Blog". Nigel Jemson's Blog. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.
  15. ^ Wood, Greg (14 April 1996). "Familiar role for Jemson". The Independent. Retrieved 25 April 2024.

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