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Matt Jackson Biography, Age, Everton, Current Teams, Retirement, Operations Manager

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Matt Jackson Biography

Matt Jackson Bio

Matt Jackson (Matthew Alan Jackson) is an English former professional footballer born on 19th October 1971 in Leeds, England. He works as an Operations Manager for Wigan Athletic. As a footballer he played in the Premier League for Everton and Wigan Athletic as a defender.He earned 10 caps for the England U21 side.

Matt grew up in Bredford and attended Sharnbrook Upper School. He initially turned down the club to concentrate on finishing his A-Levels. He started his football career at Luton Town, making his professional debut in 1990

Age 46 years as of September 2018; born on 19th October 1971
Height 1.83m
Position Defender- Right Back
Current Club Retired
Education Sharnbrook Upper School
Occupation former footballer, former Operations manager for Wigan Athletics

Matt Jackson Career

In 1990 Matt Jackson made his professional football debut at Luton Town Football Club, making nine league appearances for the club before signing for Everton. In 1991 he signed to Everton for a fee of £600,000.

He featured prominently in Everton’s FA Cup-winning season, scoring a memorable 20-yard volley against Bristol City in the Fourth Round to secure a 1–0 victory for Everton. He also scored the opening goal in the 4–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the semi final, and his initial cross ultimately set up Paul Rideout’s winning goal in the final.

In 1996 he signed with Norwich City at a fee of £450,000. In 1997, he became team captain, and was voted Norwich City player of the year in 1998.

Jackson joined Wigan Athletic on 19th October 2001 on a one month loan making his debut on 20th October in a 3–2 defeat against Wrexham. He made seven appearances during his loan spell before joining the club permanently on a free transfer, signing a two and a half year contract. He formed a central defensive partnership with Jason De Vos which helped win the second Division Championship in the 2002–03 season.

Jackson later formed a partnership with Ian Breckin, after De Vos left. which helped
Wigan win their second promotion in three years when they finished runners-up in the Coca-Cola Championship in 2004–05.

In November 2006, Jackson scored for Wigan in a 3–2 win against Charlton Athletic – his first goal in the Premier League in over 13 years. Jackson signed for Watford on 24 May 2007, after rejecting a new one-year contract with Wigan.

During late October 2007 he joined Blackpool on a one month loan. He was recalled to Watford on 5th November after an injury to Jay DeMerit.

Matt Jackson Retirement

On 6th August 2008 he announced his retirement and was employed as a football consultant by IMG working in player development.

He worked as an Operations manager for Wigan Athletics since 2011 until May 2017. He was inolved with the establishment and restructuring of several key new logistical elements at the club which includes the Wigan Athletic Academy in 2012 and the Wigan Athletic Player Recruitment Department in 2015.

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