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Jason Scotland
Personal information
Full name Jason Kelvin Scotland
Date of birth 18 February 1979 (1979-02-18) (age 31)
Place of birth Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Wigan Athletic
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 San Juan Jabloteh
2000–2003 Defence Force
2003–2005 Dundee United 50 (7)
2005–2007 St. Johnstone 66 (33)
2007–2009 Swansea City 90 (45)
2009– Wigan Athletic 26 (0)
National team
2000– Trinidad and Tobago 41 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:56, 17 March 2010 (UTC)[1].

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:05, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Jason Kelvin Scotland (born 18 February 1979) is a Trinidadian footballer who plays for Premier League side Wigan Athletic as a striker.



Born in Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago, after playing for Malick Senior Comprehensive School, Scotland went on to play with San Juan Jabloteh and Defence Force before having a trial with Scottish side Dundee United in May 2003 with fellow Trinidad player Devon Mitchell.[2] After impressing, Scotland joined compatriot Collin Samuel at Tannadice after gaining a work permit in July.[3] After making his debut in August, Scotland featured mostly as a substitute in his first season and was wanted on loan by Northern Ireland club Linfield in January 2004,[4] although no move materialised. In March, Scotland scored his first goal for United, netting in a 3-2 win at Livingston and four days later scored the only goal in a 1-0 home win against Motherwell. With three more goals that season, Scotland scored five league goals from 21 appearances, with the majority as substitute appearances, and was awarded a new contract.[5] In Scotland's second season, it again took him several months to score, netting his first of the season in late December. In April, however, Scotland scored perhaps his most important goal of the season, netting the winner in the Scottish Cup semi-final to take United into the final. Scotland went on to play the full 90 minutes of the final as United narrowly lost 1-0 to Celtic.

In July 2005, Scotland was denied a new work permit and the club made an appeal,[6] which was deemed unsuccessful by a Scottish Premier League appeals committee.[7] Incredibly, within three weeks, St Johnstone were successful in gaining a work permit for the player – despite using the same dossier as United had presented previously.[8] Scotland went on to net 15 goals in 31 league appearances in his first season at McDiarmid Park, including a goal on his debut and a hat-trick in April. Scotland was named in Trinidad Tobago's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. Scotland's second season produced 18 league goals, including a goal against former club Dundee United in a League Cup match. Despite his goal against his former club, he received a warm reception from the United fans.[9] In February 2007, Scotland was the subject of racist taunts by a small section of Motherwell fans during St Johnstone's visit to Fir Park in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. He went on to score Saints' second goal in a 2-1 victory.[10] In April 2007, Scotland was one of three St. Johnstone players named in the SPFA's Scottish Division One 'Team of the Year', voted for by the managers.[11] At the end of the 2006-07 season, in his two seasons with St Johnstone, Scotland had scored 33 goals in 66 league games for the club, an average of one goal every two games.

In May 2007, Scotland signed for Swansea City for a fee of £25,000 subject to obtaining a work permit,[12] which was granted on 4 July.[13] Scotland scored on his debut and he helped the team to promotion to the Football League Championship, finishing the season with 29 goals in all competitions - the division's top scorer - and also earning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

Scotland netted a 78th minute penalty kick against Plymouth Argyle on 10 March 2009, his 50th goal for Swansea in all competitions[citation needed]}.

Swansea agreed to sell Scotland a fee of £2 million to Wigan Athletic on 9 July. Scotland signed for Wigan on a three-year contract on 18 July, after receiving international and visa approval.[14] He made his debut as a stoppage time substitute in a 2–0 victory over Aston Villa on 15 August. He scored his first goal Wigan in the FA Cup against Notts County on 23 January 2010.[15]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Goals Result Competition
1. 10 October 2001 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago  Grenada 1 5 – 3 Friendly
2. 29 January 2003 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago  Finland 1 1 – 2 Friendly
3. 23 April 2003 Stade Dillon, Fort de France, Martinique  Martinique 1 2 – 3 CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifier
4. 20 June 2004 Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, Trinidad & Tobago  Dominican Republic 1 4 – 0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
5. 14 July 2004 Sangam Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  Korea Republic 1 1 – 1 Friendly
6. 8 October 2008 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago  Dominican Republic 3 9 – 0 Friendly


February 2009


  1. ^ "Jason Scotland". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Rocket jets in to Tannadice". BBC Sport. 2003-05-08. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  3. ^ "Scotland gets signing all-clear". BBC Sport. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Blues move for new striker". BBC Sport. 2004-01-22. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Scotland signs new Tannadice deal". BBC Sport. 2004-08-20. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  6. ^ "United expect Scotland decision". BBC Sport. 2005-07-19. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  7. ^ "Agent hits out at British justice". BBC Sport. 2005-08-02. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  8. ^ "United fury at Scotland decision". BBC Sport. 2005-08-23. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  9. ^ "'Villain' Scotland hails Utd fans". BBC Sport. September 20, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Scotland disappointed at racism". BBC Sport. March 1, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Division One 'Team of the Year'". BBC Sport. "April 23, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Swans sign Scotland from Saints". BBC Sport. May 25, 2007. 
  13. ^ Nicolson, Eric (July 5, 2007). "Scotland makes move to Wales". The Courier. 
  14. ^ "Scotland completes Wigan transfer". BBC Sport. 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  15. ^ "Notts County 2 - 2 Wigan". BBC. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 

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