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Preston North End FC Player Profiles

Posted 20th November 2014 at 10:17 pm

Beckford burst onto the Football League scene with Leeds having signed from the non-league ranks in March 2006, scoring 72 times in 126 games for the Yorkshire side.

Beckford won the League One Player of the Year award for the 2007/08 season and the Football League Goal of the Year accolade for his strike against Rotherham United for Scunthorpe United whilst on loan with the Iron, and this was backed up with ten goals in his opening eight starts of the 2008/09 campaign.

 

The Londoner scored three hat-tricks in that season’s prolific campaign, netting over 30 times, and he started the 2009/10 season in similar fashion, scoring 11 times in 14 matches.

 

Arguably the biggest goal of the striker’s career came later that season as he scored the only goal of the game in a FA Cup third round win against Manchester United at Old Trafford - the first time the Red Devils had been knocked out of a cup competition at that juncture during the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson.

 

Two goals against Tottenham Hotspur followed in the next round as well as Leeds’ promotion clinching goal against Bristol Rovers on the final day of the season.

 

At the end of that campaign, Leeds cancelled Beckford’s contract allowing him to move to the Premier League with Everton, signing a four year deal; the frontman netting ten times in his first season as a Toffee.

 

In August 2011, Beckford moved to Leicester City in a £2.5m deal scoring nine times in 43 appearances for the Club, the highlight being a hat-trick in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest.

 

A reunion with Grayson occurred in September 2012 when he signed a loan deal with the Terriers, and he signed for Bolton Wanderers in July 2013 for an undisclosed fee, the highlight being a scoring streak of five goals in six matches.

 

Sandwiched between that, the striker, a Jamaican international, earned his first cap for his country against Panama in a 1-1 draw at Independence Park, Kingston on 22nd March 2013.

 

Having initially joined the Lilywhites in November 2014 for the remainder of the 2014/15 season, Beckford was a vital part of Simon Grayson's promotion winning side.

 

Jermaine Beckford teamed up with Simon Grayson for the third spell in their distinguished careers to date, the pair having worked together at Leeds United and Huddersfield Town respectively.

 

Beckford scored 18 goals in his first spell with North End, with six of those goals coming in the successful Play-Off campaign for PNE, including a superb hat-trick at Wembley to secure promotion to the Championship.

 

In total, Beckford scored 139 times in 337 Club appearances prior to arriving at Deepdale, and prior to the 2014/15 season, netted 18 times in 31 appearances.

 

 

After picking up an injury in pre-season, Jermaine missed the majority of the 2015/16 season, and so after helping the Club reach the Championship the season before, Beckford will be hungrier than ever to have a successful season this time around. 

Career History