Kayden Jackson


Kayden Pastel Dunn Jackson (born 22 February 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ipswich Town.

Kayden Jackson
Jackson playing for Ipswich Town in 2018
Personal information
Full name Kayden Pastel Dunn Jackson[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 9
Youth career
Guiseley
Bradford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Albion Sports
2013–2014 Swindon Town 0 (0)
2013Swindon Supermarine (loan) 10 (6)
2013–2014Oxford City (loan) 23 (8)
2014–2015 Tamworth 36 (8)
2015–2016 Wrexham 36 (4)
2016–2017 Barnsley 0 (0)
2016–2017Grimsby Town (loan) 20 (1)
2017–2018 Accrington Stanley 45 (16)
2018– Ipswich Town 93 (15)
National team
2016 England C 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:16, 9 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:00, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

Jackson began his professional career at Swindon Town, having previously played non-league football at Albion Sports. During his time with Swindon he had loan spells at Swindon Supermarine and Oxford City. He moved to Tamworth in 2014, where he spent one season before joining Wrexham in 2015. He moved back into league football in 2016 when he joined Barnsley. He spent one season at Barnsley, including a loan at Grimsby Town. Jackson signed for Accrington Stanley in 2017, helping the club to win the League Two title in his first season at the club. In August 2018, Jackson joined Ipswich Town.

He has also represented England C at international level, making his debut in 2016.[3]

Club career


Early career

Born in Bradford,[4][5] Jackson began his career playing youth football at Guiseley[6] and hometown club Bradford City, before being released after suffering a back injury.[7] Following spells on trial with Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United, he joined Northern Counties East League Division One side Albion Sports.[7]

Swindon Town

In January 2013, Jackson was among eleven players taking part in the final of Samsung's Win A Pro Contract competition.[8] He made it into the final cut, along with two other players.[9] In March 2013, Jackson trained with the Swindon development team in a bid to win the 'Win a Pro Contract' competition and played a development team match.[4][10] The following month, he signed for Swindon Town after winning the 'Win a Pro Contract' competition, signing a twelve-month contract on 1 July 2013.[11][12]

During his loan spells away from Swindon Town, Jackson was monitored by his parent club in the hopes of making a breakthrough into the first team, with Manager Mark Cooper and local newspaper Swindon Advertiser spoke about.[13][14][15] At the end of the 2013–14 season, however, the club released him, along with nine other players, after they decided against offering them a contract when it expired in the summer.[16] Upon leaving the club, Jackson stated that he felt he had not been given a chance to establish himself at Swindon Town.[12]

Swindon Supermarine (loan)

Jackson joined Swindon Supermarine on a month long loan in August 2013. The deal was extended for a further month in September 2013 after he had scored five goals in seven games for the club.[17][18] In October 2013 his loan deal was again extended by a further month, although he was recalled from his loan spell by his parent club in late October.[19][20]

Oxford City (loan)

After being recalled from his loan spell at Swindon Supermarine, he spent another loan spell at Oxford City, having joined them on 1 November 2013.[5][21] The following day, Jackson scored on his Oxford City debut, coming on as a substitute, in a 3–2 win over Harrogate Town.[22] On 20 December 2013, the loan was extended for the "next couple of months".[23] On 31 January 2014, Jackson extended his loan spell until the end of the season.[24] At the end of the 2013–14 season, Jackson had helped the side avoid relegation, as he made twenty–three appearances, scoring eight times.[25]

Tamworth

After leaving Swindon Town at the end of the 2013–14 season, he joined Tamworth on 21 July 2014.[26]

Jackson made his Tamworth debut on 9 August, starting in a 0–0 draw against Harrogate Town in the opening game of the season.[27] He scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–1 victory over Gloucester City.[28] Jackson finished the season as a joint–top scorer, along with three other players, scoring 8 goals in 36 appearances for Tamworth.[29]

Wrexham

On 26 June 2015, Jackson left Tamworth in favour of joining Wrexham on a one–year contract.[12][30]

Jackson made his Wrexham debut as a substitute, in a 3–1 loss against Bromley in the opening game of the 2015–16 season.[31] He spent the early part of the season appearing as a substitute.[32][33][34] As the season progressed, Jackson earned his place in the starting eleven.[35][36] On 23 February 2016 he scored his first goals for the club, netting a brace in a 2–0 win over Kidderminster Harriers.[37] He was later praised by manager Gary Mills.[38] At the end of the 2015–16 season, Jackson had made thirty–six appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.[5] Following an impressing debut season at the Racecourse Ground, Jackson was offered a new contract by Wrexham, with Jackson, himself, stating that he was keen to stay at the club.[39][40]

Barnsley

After rejecting a new contract at Wrexham, he signed for Barnsley on 23 May 2016,[41][42] signing a two–year contract with the club for an undisclosed fee.[43]

Grimsby Town (loan)

He signed on loan for Grimsby Town in July 2016.[44] He scored on his debut for the club in a 2–0 win over Morecambe on 6 August 2016.[45][46] It wasn't until on 9 November 2016 when Jackson scored again, in a 4–2 loss against Sheffield United in the EFL Trophy.[47] Throughout his time at Grimsby Town, Jackson found himself, competing for a place in the starting eleven.[48][49][50][51]

Jackson returned to his parent club Barnsley in February 2017 after his season long loan was retracted.[52][53] Despite suffering an injury and eventually his place in the team following the departure of Paul Hurst, he went on to make twenty–four appearances in all competitions, scoring twice.[54]

Accrington Stanley

After impressing manager John Colemen while on trial,[53][55] Jackson signed for Accrington Stanley for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract on 21 July 2017.[56]

Jackson scored on his debut for Accrington Stanley, on the opening game of the 2017–18 season, in a 3–1 win over Colchester United.[57] For his performance throughout August, he was nominated for Sky Bet League Two's Player of the Month for August but lost out to Frank Nouble.[58] Soon after joining the club, Jackson established himself in the starting eleven and formed an effective partnership with Billy Kee.[59][60][61] Together, they helped contribute to the team's impressive form.[62][63] In late September, he suffered a hip injury that saw him miss two matches.[64] In a follow up match, he provided a hat–trick for the side, in a 4–0 win over Chesterfield.[65] At the end of the 2017–18 season, Jackson had scored 16 goals in 44 league appearances,[57] to help Accrington claim the EFL League Two title and earn promotion to EFL League One.[66][67]

Ahead of the 2018–19 season, Jackson was offered a new contract by the club, whilst attracting interest from other clubs following an impressive 2017–18 season.[68][69] Jackson made one appearance in the 2018–19 season, in a 2–0 loss to Gillingham in the opening game of the season.[70]

Ipswich Town

Jackson signed for Ipswich Town on 9 August 2018 on a three-year deal (with an option of a further 12 months) for an undisclosed fee.[71] The move reported to cost £1 million, which was described by the Lancashire Telegraph as "Accrington Stanley's first million pound sale", and saw him reunited with manager Paul Hurst, having previously played under him at Grimsby Town.[72] Ipswich Town managed to beat off competitions from "a number of Sky Bet Championship clubs" to sign him.[73]

He made his Ipswich Town debut on 11 August, coming on as a substitute for Ellis Harrison, in a 1–0 loss against Rotherham United two days after signing for the club.[74] Three days later, on 14 August 2018, Jackson scored his first goal for the club against Exeter City in the first round of the EFL Cup, with Ipswich eventually losing 4–2 in a penalty shootout after the game finished 1–1.[75] He made 38 appearances in all competitions over the course of the 2018–19 season, scoring 4 goals.[70]

He scored his first goal of the 2019–20 season on 20 August, netting a 94th-minute winner in a 2–1 win over AFC Wimbledon at Portman Road.[76] He scored 4 goals during August, including a brace in a 0–5 away win over Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium. His form earned him a nomination for the League One Player of the Month award.[77] Jackson finished the season as Ipswich's joint top goalscorer with 11 goals following the early curtailment of the season due to the Coronavirus outbreak.[78]

Jackson suffered an injury hit start to the 2020–21 season, after suffering a groin injury in pre-season, he returned to the first-team as a second-half substitute in a 4–1 away win over Blackpool on 3 October. Later in the month he was forced to self isolate for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19.[79] He scored his first goal of the season on 5 December, netting the winner in a 2–1 away win over Plymouth Argyle.[80] In February, Jackson was sent to train with Ipswich’s under-23s side along with team mate Jon Nolan after falling out with manager Paul Lambert.[81] On 10 May 2021, Ipswich announced that they had taken up the option to extend Jackson's contract by an additional year, keeping him under contract until 2022.[82]

International career


Jackson was selected and called up to the England C team in March 2016, to play against Ukraine U23s.[83] Jackson scored the second goal on his international debut in Kiev later that month, as England C ran out 2–0 winners.[3]

Career statistics


As of match played 9 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Swindon Town 2013–14[84] League One 0000000000
Swindon Supermarine (loan) 2013–14[85] SFL Division One South 106103[lower-alpha 1]61412
Oxford City (loan) 2013–14[5] Conference North 2380000238
Tamworth 2014–15[5] Conference North 3682000388
Wrexham 2015–16[5] National League 364101[lower-alpha 2]0384
Barnsley 2016–17[45] Championship 00000000
Grimsby Town (loan) 2016–17[45] League Two 20110102[lower-alpha 3]1242
Accrington Stanley 2017–18[57] League Two 441620201[lower-alpha 3]04916
2018–19[70] League One 1000000010
Total 45162020105016
Ipswich Town 2018–19[70] Championship 3631011384
2019–20[78] League One 321120101[lower-alpha 3]03611
2020–21[86] League One 251000000251
Total 93153021109916
Career total 26358100518728666
  1. One appearance and three goals in Southern League Cup, two appearances and three goals in FA Trophy
  2. Appearance in FA Trophy
  3. Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

Honours


Accrington Stanley

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