Simeon Jackson in Gillingham colours
|Full name||Simeon Alexander Jackson|
|Date of birth||28 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Height||172 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|2004–2008||Rushden & Diamonds||88||(40)|
|2005||→ Raunds Town (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2018.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2017
Simeon Alexander Jackson (born 28 March 1987) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Walsall in Football League One. He has spent the majority of his career playing in England, relocating from Mississauga, Ontario, to South London as a teenager to pursue his interest in football. Following a rejection by Gillingham after a trial, he played semi-professionally before making his name with Rushden & Diamonds of the Football Conference. His goalscoring feats for the club earned him a move to Gillingham, then of Football League Two, in 2008. He scored the winning goal for the club in the 2009 Football League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.
In 2010 Jackson was transferred to Norwich City, then of the Football League Championship, and scored the goal that clinched Norwich's promotion to the Premier League the following year. He fell out of favour at the club during the 2012–13 season, however, and opted to join German club Eintracht Braunschweig who were newly promoted to the Bundesliga. Desiring regular playing time, his contract with the German club was mutually terminated in January 2014 and he returned to England.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Jackson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of three, he moved with his parents to Mississauga, Ontario. Jackson played for his local team in Canada, Sunoco FC. He was invited to have trials with Gillingham, but was rejected by the club. At the age of 15, he moved to England and lived with his grandmother in Croydon, South London. While playing for Dulwich Hamlet, Jackson worked at McDonald's to sustain his move to England.
Rushden & Diamonds
He joined Rushden & Diamonds in 2004 and was the club's top scorer in the 2006–07 season, scoring 20 goals. The next season, he was top scorer for the Diamonds in the league, scoring 16 goals, despite leaving for Gillingham in January. He was joint eighth top scorer in the league that season. In 2005, he had trials with Manchester United and Manchester City. Jackson went on a one-month loan to Raunds Town in December 2005. When he left the Diamonds he had established himself as the club's eighth highest goalscorer, scoring 43 goals in just over 100 games in all competitions.
In January 2008, he signed with Gillingham, a club he had a trial with as a youth player, for a transfer fee of £150,000 on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut against Cheltenham Town on 2 February 2008.
On 4 January 2009, Jackson scored an equalizing goal for Gillingham in their 2–1 FA Cup Third Round defeat by Aston Villa. He scored both goals as Gillingham beat Rochdale in the 2008–09 play-off semi final, and the 90th-minute winner in the 1–0 win against Shrewsbury Town in the final, as Gillingham returned to League One one year after relegation.
Jackson signed for Norwich on 15 July 2010, signing a two-year contract with the club, with the option for another year, in a deal which saw striker Cody McDonald move to Gillingham on loan. He was given the number 10 jersey upon his arrival at the club. He made his debut for the club in a 3–2 home loss to Watford on 6 August 2010. He scored his first goal for the club against Swansea City on 21 August. Manager Paul Lambert has been using Jackson as an impact substitute due to the form and partnership of Grant Holt and Chris Martin. Jackson was given a start against Bristol City, and scored a brace, with a goal in each half at Ashton Gate. Jackson started the next four games again, in favour of Martin. He scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1–0 win over Middlesbrough on 23 October. After a few months of mostly coming in as a substitute again, on 2 April 2011, Jackson scored his first hat-trick for Norwich, coming on as a substitute and scoring three times in the last twenty minutes of the match against Scunthorpe United at Carrow Road. He went on to score the goal that clinched Norwich's promotion to the Premier League, a late winner against Portsmouth.
Jackson made his Premier League debut on 21 August 2011, as a second-half substitute for Chris Martin in the second game of the season against Stoke City, the game finished with a Kenwyne Jones stoppage time header which resulted in a 1–1 home draw for Norwich. Following his Premier League debut, Jackson began to struggle finding minutes in the team, he did not play a minute of football in the league until 1 October as a second half sub against Manchester United. Jackson made his first start in the Premier League on 26 November in a 2–1 victory over Queens Park Rangers, this was the first time a Canadian international had started in the Premier League since David Edgar on 24 May 2009 with Burnley. Jackson scored his first Premier League goal on 20 December against Wolverhampton Wanderers when he converted a Steve Morison cross one minute after being subbed on. Jackson came on as a second half sub against Fulham on 31 December and scored the game tying goal in second half injury time to earn a 1–1 home draw. In the fourth round of the FA Cup in late January Norwich was drawn against West Bromwich Albion, Jackson came off the bench in the 65th minute with the game being tied at 1–1 and scored the winning goal in the 85th to take the Canaries into the fifth round. After failing to make an appearance for almost a month Jackson returned to the starting line up in a 3–3 away draw on 5 May against Arsenal. The following week, Jackson was given the start again in the final game of the season against Aston Villa, the game ended in a 2–0 home victory with Jackson and Grant Holt as the scorers. Jackson finished the 2011–12 campaign for Norwich having made 22 appearances, starting in 10 of those. He scored three goals and registered two assists, with 34 shots on goal in his debut Premier League season. The club took up the option to extend Jackson's contract for another year in June 2012, along with David Fox and Elliott Ward. On 25 August 2012 he scored his first goal of the new season in a 1–1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers. At the end of the season, Jackson was released by Norwich, having struggled to find minutes during his second year in the top flight.
On 10 July 2013, Jackson signed for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig on a two-year contract. Jackson was previously linked with a move to Championship side Bournemouth. After just nine appearances during the first half of the season, Jackson and Eintracht Braunschweig mutually agreed to terminate his contract on 31 January 2014.
Return to England
On 1 February 2014, a day after his Eintracht Braunschweig contract was terminated, Jackson agreed to join Championship side Millwall on a deal until the end of the season. He made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion on 1 March 2014. Jackson scored his first goal on 25 March in a 3–2 home defeat to Birmingham City.
On 18 August 2014, Jackson signed for League One team Coventry City on a one-year contract. On 13 September Jackson scored his first goal for the club and the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Yeovil Town.
After leaving Coventry at the end of the 2014–15 season, Jackson went on trial at fellow League One side Barnsley. On 3 September 2015, he signed a short-term contract that would keep him at the club until 3 January 2016.
Following a successful trial, Jackson signed a short-term deal with Blackburn Rovers on 15 January 2016 to last until the end of the 2015–16 season. He scored his first goal for Blackburn in a 2–1 defeat to Leeds United on 12 March 2016.
Jackson qualified for Canadian citizenship by virtue of his years of residence there as a child, and currently has 45 caps for Canada, scoring six times. He also has seven caps for the Canadian men's youth (under-20) team. His first game was a friendly against Brazil in May 2006, and he played in all three of Canada's games at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, his last games at that level. On 14 November 2008, he received his first call up for the Canadian senior squad for a match against his country of birth, Jamaica.
On 30 May 2009, Jackson made his debut for Canada against Cyprus, scoring the winning goal in the 53rd minute of a 1–0 victory. Jackson helped Canada reach the quarter-final stage of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA, playing in all four of Canada's games in the tournament. On 18 December 2009, Jackson was named the 2009 Canadian Player of the Year.
National team coach Stephen Hart decided in the friendly versus Peru to experiment by using Jackson as a right winger. With a solid performance at BMO Field Hart continued to use Jackson out wide for future Canada match ups. On 8 October 2010, Jackson scored his second international goal with a chip in a friendly against Ukraine. On 7 October 2011, Jackson scored a hat-trick against Saint Lucia in a game that finished in a 7–0 away victory for Canada. Jackson became only the second ever Canadian to score a hat-trick in World Cup qualifying joining the former striker Alex Bunbury. In early December, Jackson was shortlisted for the 2011 Canadian Player of the Year along with Dwayne De Rosario and Josh Simpson, it was announced on 14 December that he had finished in second place losing out to De Rosario.
In the summer of 2013, Jackson was selected for his third consecutive Gold Cup, but after playing in the first group stage game against Martinique he left with the team's blessing to join his new German club and was replaced by Kyle Porter for the remainder of the tournament.
- As of 1 January 2018.
|Rushden & Diamonds||2004–05||League Two||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Coventry City||2014–15||League One||28||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||30||3|
|Canada national team|
Statistics as of 22 March 2017
On 1 June 2011, it was announced by Umbro that Jackson had signed an endorsement deal following the new partnership between the English sportswear company and the Canadian Soccer Association, making Jackson one of the few Canadian players to have an endorsement deal. In 2012, Jackson revealed that "he plans to fulfil a long-held dream next year when he sets up his first 'soccer' school in Southern Ontario ... "I want to help kids in Canada improve themselves, and get the opportunity to play in Europe and at the highest level through a soccer school."
- A. ^ Soccerbase's stats for the match between Doncaster Rovers and Norwich City on 14 September 2010 fail to include Jackson's substitute appearance for Norwich. Therefore, until and unless they correct it, he should have one more appearance for Norwich than given on his Soccerbase page.
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