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Bolton v Huddersfield: Played For Both: Jermaine Beckford

The infuriating relic of the Freedman era.

Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool - Budweiser FA Cup Third Round Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images

Jermaine Beckford began his career as a semi professional player at Wealdstone of ‘you’ve got no fans’ fame. He was scoring goals for fun, with 35 in 40, and was snapped up by Leeds United.

Beckford made his name for the team with 72 goals in 126 games, the highlight of which being the famous strike at Old Trafford as to knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup in the third round. He handed in his transfer request on the eve of the January transfer window and left that summer, where he struggled to make the same impact at David Moyes’ Everton.

He then left to play for promotion chasers Leicester for £2.5m, scoring 9 in 43 before leaving to join Huddersfield Town on loan, where he played half a season and bagged 8 in 21.

Jermaine Beckford signed for Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2013 for £1 million. After the Whites missed out on playoff football with a painful 2-2 draw at Blackpool on the final day of the season, Dougie Freedman hoped he could rediscover his goal-scoring form and spearhead a new promotion push.

Unfortunately, he didn’t.

Despite keeping Craig Davies out of the team, he was rarely able to find the net as the lone striker of a struggling Wanderers team. After a game at Elland Road, where he applauded the Leeds faithful, he was the subject of a storm in a teacup controversy as . He soon became a second-choice striker, however, with the arrival of Joe Mason and breakthrough of Zach Clough he soon fell out of favour. He stayed at the Reebok for two and a half seasons, making 46 appearances and scoring 7 goals, until going out on loan to Preston North End (whom he later signed for).

He now plays for Bury, but is currently out of action with a knee injury.