Richard Jackson (footballer, born 1980)
|Date of birth||18 April 1980|
|Place of birth||Whitby, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Right back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Richard Jackson (born 18 April 1980) is an English former professional footballer.
Jackson was born in Whitby and began his career at the then Natiowide Division Three club, Scarborough, as a trainee in August 1997. He made his first appearance for the club in a league game in November 1997 against Doncaster Rovers but only made two appearances in the 1997–98 season. In March 1998, he signed his first professional contract at Scarborough but a year later, moved to the FA Carling Premiership club, Derby County for a fee of £30,000, having made 22 league and cup appearances for Scarborough in the 1998–99 season.
Jackson joined Derby County in March 1999. His first game for Derby came in a 0–0 draw against Newcastle United in May 2000, which was shortly followed by an appearance in a 4–0 defeat to Chelsea. He made three appearances in the 2000–01 season followed by seven appearances in the 2001–02 season, at the end of which Derby were relegated to the Nationwide Division One. He broke into the first team on a regular basis in the 2002–03 season, during which he made 21 appearances, and was offered a new contract at the end of the season. He consolidated his place in the first team in the 2003–04 season, making 37 appearances, and signing a new two-year contract in May 2004. He made 20 appearances in the 2004–05 season until he suffered a groin injury in a game against Leeds United in January 2005, which ruled him out of first-team action until May as Derby reached the end of season play-off games. Jackson made 27 appearances in the 2005–06 season, which was interrupted by another groin injury that saw him ruled out of first-team action for all of September and October 2005 and a hamstring injury that ruled him out for several weeks in the spring of 2006. By this time, Jackson was the longest serving player at Derby and, in January 2006, signed a contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2008. However, he made only seven further appearances for Derby in the 2006–07 season and in August 2007, he moved to Luton Town on a free transfer.
On 4 September 2008 Richard signed a one-year professional contract with League One side Hereford United. On 22 October 2009, Jackson was set to sign for Darlington as one of four new players brought in by manager Steve Staunton but Jackson's own deal fell through.
After dropping into non-league to play a couple of games for his hometown club Whitby Town, Richard joined up with Burton Albion on a month's contract on 4 December 2009. Jackson signed for former Derby & Luton team mate Paul Peschisolido to cover injuries to Ryan Austin & Andrew Corbett.
At the end of the 2010/2011 season, after an injury ravaged season, Jackson was released from the club.
|Club||Division||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Derby County||Premier League||1998–99||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Luton Town||League One||2007–08||29||0||4||0||3||0||1||0||37||0|
|Hereford United||League One||2008–09||25||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||26||0|
|Burton Albion||League Two||2009–10||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
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- "Jackson hoping to overcome injury". BBC. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
- "Rams defender suffers a setback". BBC. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
- "Derby duo sign extended contracts". BBC. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
- "Luton sign ex-Derby man Jackson". BBC. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
- "One in, one out as the regeneration continues". Luton Town FC. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
- "Quakers bring in four new faces". BBC Sport. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
- "Brewers bring in Jackson". Sky Sports. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
- "Jackson calls it quits". burtonalbionfc.co.uk. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.