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Full name  Jason Neil Beckford
Name  Jason Beckford
Playing position  Forward
Role  Footballer

Years  Team
Height  1.75 m
1987–1991  Manchester City
Position  Forward
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Date of birth  (1970-02-14) 14 February 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth  Moss Side, Manchester, England

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Jason Neil Beckford (born 14 February 1970) is an English former footballer who played as a forward for Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Port Vale, Birmingham City, Bury, Stoke City, Millwall, Northampton Town in the 1990s. He also managed Mossley from 2003 to 2007, taking the club to two promotions. His elder brother Darren also played professional football.


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Playing career

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Beckford began his career at Manchester City in 1987–88, who were then a Second Division side under the stewardship of Mel Machin. City won promotion as the division's runners-up in 1988–89, and went on to finish 14th in the First Division in 1989–90 under new boss Howard Kendall. Towards the end of the 1990–91 season, new manager Peter Reid allowed Beckford to drop down a division to play four games on loan at Don Mackay's Blackburn Rovers. After returning from Ewood Park, he found himself out of the first team picture at Maine Road. John Rudge – who had sold his brother Darren a few months earlier – brought Beckford on loan to Port Vale in September as cover for the injured Keith Houchen. He claimed a goal in a 2–1 win over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park on 12 October, before leaving Vale Park after five Second Division appearances. He moved on to Birmingham City in the 1991–92 season for a £50,000 fee, though would never force himself into manager Terry Cooper's first team plans. He scored the "Blues" consolation goal in a 2–1 defeat to Stoke City at the Victoria Ground on 4 January, but started just two league games as Birmingham won promotion as runners-up of the Third Division. He started three games in the 1992–93 campaign, and claimed a goal at St Andrew's in a 2–0 win over Southend United on 1 September. Beckford's only appearances in the 1993–94 season came at Gigg Lane in a three-game loan spell with Mike Walsh's Bury. Beckford spent the first half of the 1994–95 season at Stoke City, but made just three starts for the "Potters". He then joined Mick McCarthy's Millwall, and played nine First Division games in the second half of the 1994–95 season. However, he left The Old Den at the end of the season, and arrived at Third Division side Northampton Town for the start of the 1995–96 campaign. He made four substitute appearances for Ian Atkins's "Cobblers", before announcing his retirement at Sixfields due to injury.

Management and coaching career

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Beckford arrived at Mossley after coaching Bolton Wanderers' Academy side. He was appointed assistant manager in June 2002 and, following Ally Pickering's sudden departure in July 2003 he was appointed team manager. He led the "Lilywhites" to second place in the North West Counties League in 2003–04, which was enough to secure a place in the Northern Premier League. A seventh-place finish in 2004–05 saw Mossley miss out on the Division One play-offs by a three-point margin, before they won the league in 2005–06. However they could not survive in the Premier Division, and Beckford left the club after relegation in 2006–07.

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After leaving this post in April 2007, he returned to Bolton in 2008 as part of the club's restructured youth academy, and also worked as the under-16 coach alongside Steve Morgan at Oldham Athletic. In August 2012, he moved to Canada to work as Newmarket Soccer Club's technical director.

Career statistics

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  • Sourced from Jason Beckford profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  • Honours

    with Birmingham City
  • Football League Third Division runner-up: 1991–92
  • with Mossley
  • North West Counties Football League runner-up: 2003–04
  • Northern Premier League champion Division One: 2005–06
  • References

    Jason Beckford Wikipedia

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