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Jermaine Beckford
Jermaine Beckford York City v. Leeds United 1.png
Beckford warming up in a
pre-season game against York City
Personal information
Full name Jermaine Beckford
Date of birth 9 December 1983 (1983-12-09) (age 26)
Place of birth Ealing, London, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Leeds United
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2003 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Wealdstone 82 (54)
2003–2004 Uxbridge (loan) 7 (2)
2006– Leeds United 117 (68)
2006 Carlisle United (loan) 4 (1)
2007 Scunthorpe United (loan) 18 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:28, 15 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jermaine Beckford (born 9 December 1983) is an English footballer who plays for Leeds United as a striker.

Beckford started his career as a trainee at Chelsea, before dropping down to non league Wealdstone where he made his name as a prolific marksman. It was at Wealdstone where he impressed enough to secure a move to Leeds United where he has continued his goalscoring record. He has also played on loan with Uxbridge, Carlisle United and Scunthorpe United

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Early Career

Beckford began his footballing career at Chelsea, where he was part of the youth set-up, coming through the ranks at the same time as Carlton Cole. He was released by Chelsea in 2003.[1] He later joined Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone, and became part time, and worked as a tyre fitter for RAC. But during his time at Wealdstone he scored 35 goals in 40 games. This form attracted a lot of attention from league sides and there were reportedly more than 30 clubs showing an interest in the prolific striker, with many sending scouts to see him play both at home and away.[2] He had a trial with Championship side Crystal Palace and on 9 March 2006, he appeared in a reserve team fixture against Premier League side Arsenal.[3]. However, on 13 March, Leeds came to see Beckford and confirmed their interest with a bid the following day. This was soon accepted by the Wealdstone board, with some modifications, and he joined the club on 15 March for £45,000.[4]

Leeds United

Breakthrough (2005-2007)

He first featured the following week at Elland Road, when he came on as a substitute in the home draw against Crystal Palace on 21 March. He scored his first goal for the club in his second reserve match, helping the side beat Birmingham City reserves 2–1. He now plays hide and go seek in Leeds's promotion ambition. In the 2005–06 season Leeds were chasing promotion, so his appearances were limited and he only played on four more occasions that season. He joined Carlisle United on a month's loan on 5 October.[5] It was an eventful first match for Beckford, as he was booked and also found himself on the score sheet inside the first half of the game against Millwall.[6] After completing his loan spell, he returned to Leeds, where he was rewarded with a place in the starting line-up against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. However, he was soon loaned out again, this time to League One promotion challengers Scunthorpe United until the end of the season.[7] He played in every single game after his arrival, scoring eight goals, and Scunthorpe were ultimately promoted with three games to spare, before going on to finish as champions.[8]

Due to the major role he played in guiding them to promotion, he was linked with a permanent move to Glanford Park in the close season, but Leeds manager Dennis Wise rejected the approach and kept him at the club to add to Leeds' attack. Beckford scored his first goal for the senior side in a pre-season fixture against League Two side Darlington on 31 July. He followed this up with another goal against Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic four days later.

Great form and rumours (2007-2008)

This form continued into the 2007–08 season and Beckford netted his first league goal for the club in a 4–1 victory against Southend United on 18 August. His goalscoring exploits continued when he bagged a late winner at the City Ground as Leeds beat Nottingham Forest 2–1 to continue their 100% winning record in the league, following their 15-point deduction. He gambled at the back post to tap in the winner after some great work from Sébastien Carole. Beckford was also instrumental in Leeds' opener, laying the ball into the path of fellow striker Tresor Kandol to net stylishly. In Leeds' fifth successive league win, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Hartlepool United with a pacey run and an exquisite chip into the net. In the next game, he scored a further two goals against Bristol Rovers, the second with an overhead kick.

On 11 October, Beckford signed a new three-year deal with Leeds, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2009–10 season.[9] After continuing to impress over the course of the month, he was awarded Coca-Cola League One Fans' Player of the Month.[10] In addition to his performances, this media coverage naturally led to growing speculation surrounding suggested interest in the striker in the January transfer window, with Premier League side Derby County supposedly the club looking for his signature. However, a Leeds United spokesman confirmed that "Jermaine Beckford is not for sale" on 8 January 2008.[11] Dennis Wise also moved to quash the rumours, stating four days later, among other things, that "Derby haven't put in any enquiries".[12] On 14 January, Leeds' match against Crewe Alexandra was shown live on Sky Sports and they ultimately won the tie 1–0, once again Beckford scoring the decisive goal.[13] Derby manager Paul Jewell was spotted in the crowd, leading to even more speculation. This time both Wise and Leeds chairman Ken Bates reinforced the fact that they had no intention of letting Beckford leave, with Wise verifying "I've no intentions of selling the kid".[14] Jewell himself stated "I'm very interested in Jermaine" after the game, thereby putting an end to the uncertainty.[15]

In his post-match interview, Beckford won the hearts of Leeds fans by declaring that he had no intentions of leaving the club. When posed the question "Where do you see your own future?", he replied "What shirt am I wearing, bruv? You bein' serious?".[16][17] The phrase has since been well publicised and T-shirts bearing the quotation can be purchased in the official club store.[18]

On 2 March 2008, Beckford won two awards at the third annual Football League Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. He received the award for League One Player of the Year[19] and the Football League Goal of the Year for his strike against Rotherham United during his loan spell with Scunthorpe United.[20]

Leeds' big star (2008-2009)

Beckford started the 2008–09 season in fine form, bagging ten goals in eight starts. The first of these goals was the winner against Scunthorpe United, a club he had previously been on loan to. Two days later, Jermaine scored his first professional hat-trick against League Two side Chester City in the first round of the League Cup. He scored all three goals in the first half, the third of which was an extravagant chip from long range. The performance led Leeds manager Gary McAllister to once again state that Beckford was not for sale. After failing to hit the net against both Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic, he hit the second goal in a 4–0 win over Championship side Crystal Palace in the second round of the League Cup. Beckford was played out wide in a tactical change which worked well for Gary McAllister's side. He then scored both goals in a 2–2 draw with Bristol Rovers on the 30 August 2008, and another against Crewe Alexandra the following week. The week after, Beckford scored twice for Leeds United in a 3–1 victory, away at Swindon Town. He followed that the following Saturday with his eleventh of the season - the second goal in Leeds 2–0 win away at his former club Carlisle. Beckford went on something of a mini-drought over the next four games in which he started two (against Hereford United and Peterborough United) and came off the bench in the other two (Hartlepool United and Rotherham United); but got back to scoring ways by bagging a brace in Leeds 3–1 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion. He missed a penalty in Leeds 2–1 victory over Leyton Orient when he slipped in his run up causing him to sky his shot. He recorded his second career hat-trick in the 5–2 victory over Northampton Town in an FA Cup second round replay in November 2008, and followed this up with a brace in a 4–1 home win against Hartlepool United.

After scoring against Northampton again (this time in a 2–1 league reverse) Beckford was sidelined with an injury for a few weeks. The striker returned to action as a substitute at home to Peterborough, he had an immediate impact scoring another brace as Leeds won 3–1. Beckford scored another brace at home to Millwall in a 2–0 but was strangely suspended for the following three games after being elbowed by Millwall goalkeeper David Forde. He returned to action in the 3–2 win over his former club Scunthorpe United and bagged yet another brace. On March 11 Beckford bagged his third hat-trick of the season, and first ever league hat-trick, in the 4–0 win over Yeovil Town. This brought Beckford's seasonal tally to 28, joining him with Leicester City's Matty Fryatt as Britain's leading goalscorer. The following Saturday Beckford's 29th goal of the season gave Leeds a 1–0 win over Swindon Town, but Beckford was sent-off in stoppage time after receiving a second yellow card for dissent. He did however go on to pass the 30 mark, when he scored two goals in his next appearance to give Leeds a 2–0 victory over MK Dons. The two goals against Milton Keynes Dons also saw Beckford score his 50th and 51st goal for Leeds United (in all competitions).

With 12 months remaining on his current contract, Leeds United clarified their intentions of offering Beckford a new contract.[21] However, on 26 May 2009, Leeds announced Beckford had rejected the contract offer and transfer listed him immediately.[22] After weeks of speculation, Leeds announced on 9 July 2009, that two bids by unnamed clubs for Beckford had been rejected by the club.[23] On 15 July 2009, BBC Radio Leeds claimed that three clubs were now in the chase to try and sign Beckford.[24] Leeds United announced on 17 July 2009, that Beckford had been removed from the transfer list.[25]

2009–10 season

Beckford started the 2009–10 season by scoring two goals during the 2–1 home victory over Exeter City. Beckford continued his good start to the season with further goals against Walsall, Tranmere Rovers and Colchester United. He scored his sixth goal of the season against Gillingham by scoring a rebound after teammate Michael Doyle's shot had rebounded off the crossbar.

Beckford played in the League Cup clash against Liverpool and looked to have scored a vital goal for Leeds but the goal was controversially ruled offside. Leeds went on to lose the match 1–0, David N'Gog scoring for Liverpool. Beckford scored his seventh goal of the season against Carlisle United after he missed a penalty in the game he managed to score the rebound, the penalty was incidentally the third penalty in a row he has missed for Leeds. Beckford scored his eighth of the season in dramatic fashion, with an injury time winner against Norwich after a terrible mistake by Norwich goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Beckford's ninth and 10th goals of the season came in the game against Bristol Rovers. He scored again in the 4–0 win over Yeovil Town on 31 October 2009, taking him to 11 goals in 14 matches. His 12th goal of the season came in the Football League Trophy game against Grimsby, with Beckford scoring the third goal in Leeds 3–1 victory, the goal was a fine right footed finish past Grimsby keeper Nick Colgan. Beckford's 13th goal of the season came against Brighton & Hove Albion when he slotted the ball under Brighton keeper Graeme Smith.

His fourteenth goal of the season came in the FA Cup draw against Kettering Town where Beckford scored a late equaliser for Leeds. He was rested for the following game against Oldham Athletic and scored his fifteenth of the season during extra time in the 5–1 win against Kettering Town in the replay. In the match against Southampton on 19 December Beckford was substituted for Max Gradel after putting in a lacklustre display and he showed his frustration at Simon Grayson's decision by refusing his handshake and heading straight down the tunnel, instead of taking his place on the bench. This led to a chorus of boos from the Leeds fans, who were disappointed with his attitude. In a statement on the club's official website, manager Simon Grayson said Beckford apologised for his behaviour in training the following monday.

Beckford's first game since the incident was against Hartlepool United on boxing day where he remained in the starting lineup and scored his sixteenth and seventeenth goals of the season. The first was a backheel following Neil Kilkenny's blocked shot and his second goal was a fine chip over Hartlepool keeper Scott Flinders, bringing his goal tally against Hartlepool to seven in five games. Beckford scored his 18th goal of the season after an error from Stockport County goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams and goal number nineteen came in the same game, sealing a 4–2 win in injury time.

On 29 December 2009, Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton stated his interest in Beckford.[26] Beckford handed in a transfer request on 30 December, which was accepted by Leeds, but Simon Grayson has said he will only go for the right price and it will be his decision not the chairmans.[27]

On 3 January 2010, Beckford gave Leeds United an early 1–0 lead in the FA Cup clash against old rivals Manchester United.[28] The goal was his twentieth of the season and Leeds held onto their lead, meaning Manchester United were knocked out of a cup competition at the third round stage for the first time under Sir Alex Ferguson.[29]

17 January 2010, Leeds United released a statement on their official website stating that Jermaine Beckford would be staying at Leeds until the end of the 2009-10 season ruling out any move for him in the transfer window. Beckford also released a statement on the club website stating he had withdrawn his transfer request and wanted to stay at Leeds to help get them promoted to the Coca Cola Championship.

On 23 January 2010, Beckford scored two goals in an FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur to earn Leeds United a replay. The first goal was a poachers effort inside the 6 yard box with Beckford scoring after a scramble inside the 6 yard box, the goal was his 21st goal of the season. His second goal of the game was from the penalty spot deep into injury time after Michael Dawson brought down Beckford in the area, Beckford stepped up and kept his nerve as he smashed the penalty past Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes to take his tally to 22 goals for the season and earn Leeds a replay at Elland Road.[30] His 23rd goal of the season came against Colchester United from the penalty spot, his 24th goal of the season came in the same game with Beckford scoring after a goal mouth scramble.

Beckford was substituted at half time and replaced by Robert Snodgrass as a precaution against Hartlepool United after suffering a hamstring injury during the game. The injury ruled Beckford out of Leeds' JPT Northern Area final second leg against Carlisle United. Beckford also missed Leeds' game against Leyton Orient with the injury. Beckford returned from injury against Walsall. After a goal drought Beckford scored a goal (his 25th of the season) against Brentford in the 1-1 draw.

His 26th and 27th goals of the season came in the same game against Tranmere Rovers when Beckford scored a brace, the first of the two goals came from the penalty spot, and Beckford's second came after a wonderful lob over Tranmere goalkeeper Luke Daniels.

Career statistics

England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06 Leeds United Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2006–07 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Carlisle United (loan) League One 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 1
Scunthorpe United (loan) 18 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 8
2007–08 Leeds United 40 20 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 47 20
2008–09 34 27 1 3 4 4 1 0 2 0 42 34
2009–10 33 21 6 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 42 27
Leeds United Total 117 68 9 8 9 4 2 1 5 0 141 81
Career Total 139 77 9 8 9 4 3 1 5 0 164 90
  • Stats Accurate as at 20:27, 15 March 2010.

Honours

Club

Scunthorpe United

Personal

Football League

PFA

Club

  • Leeds United Player of the Year Awards – 2007–08: Fans' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Goal of the Season, 2008–09: Fans' Player of the Year.

Other

Personal life

Jermaine Beckford's younger brother, Travis Beckford, won the first series of Wayne Rooney's Street Striker on Sky TV.[32]

Trivia

Beckford featured on Soccer AM's teammates section with his teammate Neil Kilkenny where they were both asked questions about their Leeds United teammates. The following week he and Kilkenny also featured on Soccer AM's Bullseye Darts challenge, where Kilkenny lost out to Beckford, who took 17 darts to hit the bullseye, Kilkenny on the other hand took over 100 darts to do it. Manager Simon Grayson was also caught on camera having a go and he managed to get it with his 4th throw.

References

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