Irish Footballer that Played for Man Utd - Tommy Jackson
Tommy Jackson - Introduction
Tommy Jackson was born on 3 November 1946 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Before moving to England to pursue his football career Jackson had played for Glentoran. He left Glentoran during the 1967/68 season to join Everton. After just 30 appearances for the Merseyside club Jackson joined Nottingham Forest. Upon the arrival of Brian Clough as manager Jackson fell out of favour and was given a free transfer. United manager Tommy Docherty moved swiftly to bring Jackson to Old Trafford during the summer of 1975.
Tommy Jackson & Manchester United
Tommy Jackson made his Manchester United debut on 16 August 1975 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It was a First Division match at Molineux and United won 0-2 with goals from Lou Macari. Jackson retained his place in the United first team until mid-November 1975 when United suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat in the League Cup to local rivals Manchester City.
He returned to the first team for four matches in the following April and gained some element of revenge when he was in the United team that beat City 2-0 at Old Trafford in the League. In total Tommy Jackson made 20 first team appearances for the Reds in the 1975/76. The 1976/77 season proved to be Jackson's last with the Red Devils. He only made three appearances during that season.
Tommy Jackson's last appearance for Manchester United was on 11 May 1977 against Stoke City at the Victoria Ground. It was a 3-3 draw. Jackson left Old Trafford in 1978 to become player / manger of Waterford United in Ireland.
Tommy Jackson - Northern Ireland Career
Tommy Jackson made his international debut for Northern Ireland on 10 September 1968 against Israel in a friendly match in Jaffa. Due to competition from other very good Northern Irish midfielder Jackson was never assured of his place in the team.
His versatility afforded him opportunities to fill in at fullback and the centre of defence. He went on to win 35 international caps, five as a substitute, during his international career. While he never scored for his country the high point of his career with Northern Ireland was the 0-1 victory over England at Wembley Stadium in May 1972.
Tommy Jackson - Manchester United & Northern Ireland Statistics
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