Nigel Jemson

Nigel Jemson
Personal information
Full name Nigel Bradley Jemson
Date of birth (1969-08-10) 10 August 1969
Place of birth Hutton, Lancashire, England
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Preston North End 32 (8)
1988–1991 Nottingham Forest 47 (13)
1989Bolton Wanderers (loan) 5 (0)
1989Preston North End (loan) 9 (2)
1991–1994 Sheffield Wednesday 51 (9)
1993Grimsby Town (loan) 6 (2)
1994–1996 Notts County 14 (1)
1995Watford (loan) 4 (0)
1995Coventry City (loan) 0 (0)
1996Rotherham United (loan) 16 (5)
1996–1998 Oxford United 68 (27)
1998–1999 Bury 29 (1)
1999–2000 Ayr United 12 (5)
2000 Oxford United 18 (0)
2000–2003 Shrewsbury Town 109 (36)
2003–2004 Ballymena United 22 (7)
2004–2008 Ilkeston Town
2008–2009 Halifax Town
2009 Arnold Town
2009–2010 Rainworth Miners Welfare
National team
1990 England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Ilkeston Town (player-manager)
2009 Halifax Town (caretaker manager)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nigel Bradley Jemson (born 10 August 1969) is an English footballer, who represented his country at under-21 level and was the player-manager of Ilkeston Town until May 2008.[1] He finished his career at Rainworth Miners Welfare in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Club career

Jemson played for a total of 12 English league clubs and one Scottish league club during his career, rarely lasting more than a season in each club.

Arguably, the highlight of his career was the goal he scored in the 1990 League Cup Final for Nottingham Forest against Oldham Athletic. It resulted to be the winner, and the only goal of the game.

In July 1996, Jemson joined Oxford United for a fee of £60,000.[2] During his time there, he had loan spells with Watford,[3] Coventry City,[4] and Rotherham United,[5] where he scored two goals in April 1996, which resulted in a 2–1 win against Shrewsbury Town, whom he later went to play 109 games for, in the Football League Trophy Final at the Wembley Stadium.[6]

Jemson also gained national fame in January 2003, after scoring the goals that knocked Everton out of the FA Cup third round, during his time in Shrewsbury Town. He put the Shrews into a first half lead with a free kick, and after Niclas Alexandersson had equalised for Everton, he glanced a last minute header past Richard Wright,[7] to give Shrewsbury Town another famous FA Cup victory, and one of the all-time greatest FA Cup games. Having earlier scored once against Stafford Rangers[8] and twice against Barrow,[9] his two goals against Everton took his tally to 5 in the competition meaning he ended up as top scorer.

In 2010, he replaced Eoin Jess in the Nottingham Forest's Masters team for the 2010 HKFC International Soccer Sevens tournament.[10] As of 2011, Jemson currently plays for, and captains, Nottingham Forest's Masters team.

International career

Jemson was capped once for the England under-21s, in a 0–0 friendly against Wales under-21s in December 1990.[11]

Personal life

In 2011, Jemson was reported training as a fireman in Bingham, Nottinghamshire.[12] He also maintains his interest in football and Nottingham Forest, starting a blog about his former team in October 2011.[13]


Nottingham Forest
Rotherham United


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  5. "David Speedie sacked by Crawley". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 17 February 1996. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  6. Wood, Greg (15 April 1996). "Familiar role for Jemson". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  7. "Shrews shock Everton". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 4 January 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  8. "Shrewsbury 4–0 Stafford". BBC. 16 November 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  9. "Shrewsbury 3–1 Barrow". BBC. 7 December 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  10. "Jemson drafted in". 22 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  11. Barrie Courtney. "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  12. "From football to fireman – ex Shrewsbury Town ace's new career". 2 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  13. "About Nigel Jemson's Blog". Nigel Jemson's Blog.
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