Full name - John Keith Jackson
Date of birth - 5 September 1942
Place of birth - Hammersmith, England
Playing position - Goalkeeper
1964–1973 - Apps:393
John Keith Jackson (born 5 September 1942) is an English former footballer who made 656 appearances in the Football League playing |
as a goalkeeper for Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Ipswich Town and Hereford United. He also played for St. Louis Stars
and California Surf of the North American Soccer League.
Jackson was born in Hammersmith and 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!"
His nickname, reflecting the Palace supporters' respect for his safe hands, was "Stonewall", inspired by the Confederate general
from the American Civil War.
Prior to signing for Crystal Palace Jackson had already won England youth team honours and in March 1971, represented the Football
League against the Scottish League.
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
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