Three Jackson-era players that were vastly under rated & three that were incredibly over rated

The Peter Jackson era splits fans. There’s no doubt about that, it might not be quite as much as the John Beck era, but there’s definitely a camp who believed in Jackson and another, containing me, who didn’t fall for the bluster.

The Magnificent Seven, the motivational speeches, Lord of the Imps and all that guff. Thinking back it makes me shudder now, it was a dark period in our history, made lighter by the fact Sutton and Tilson followed. It was the spell which killed off the lingering spirits of Keith’s team and introduced hyped up players with little end product.

Who could forget the seven players who were to turn us into title challengers? The same seven players who ended up getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Kettering, not after they’d humbled us on their own ground (which they nearly did), but after a replay in which we’d led. I can’t watch the film of the same name now without trying to spot which of the cowboys is Kevin Gall.

It wasn’t all bad. We weren’t completely terrible. I never felt Jackson would relegate us and after his sacking we went from a mid table team to relegation fodder incredibly quickly. The margins in this division are fine, just ask Northampton Town. One minute you’re a strong side with decent players, the next Chris Sutton is your manager and the end is nigh.

Peter Jackson’s signings weren’t all bad. Some were vastly under rated by Imps fans, still are. One or two, in my eyes, were wildly over rated. Here are six Jackson-era players who perhaps don’t get as much credit as they should, or got too much at the time. He didn’t necessarily sign them, but they were at the club during his tenure.



  1. I agree with you on all these, except on Patulea. Yes, he missed as many chances as he scored, but he still managed to be our top scorer with 11 goals in his 31 league appearances (14 of which he was only a sub). The best strikers usually miss as many as they score, but at least they get into the right place to do so. Interestingly, we took 47 points from the 31 games he played, and only 12 from the 15 games he didn’t play.

  2. Hmm

    Players I’d forgotten, some remembered with a shudder, but take issue with some of the ratings. Aaron Brown? Meh, average at best. Agree Rob Burch was a good keeper, let down by a deteriorating defence under Sutton. Paul Green (Schoey signing) was a good and versatile player blighted by injury.

    Kovacs I liked, no McAuley but he ‘laid it on the line’ as they say.

    Patulea ‘missed as many as he scored’ but that was John Ward’s modus operandi, the point is they both had the instinctive awareness to get in position to miss, dust themselves down and bury the next one, two very similar players. Patulea’s problem wasn’t lack of talent, it was prima donna tendencies.

    Jacko was ‘a good manager’ when Neil McDonald was his assistant. When McDonald left, it all went Pete Tong. Doesn’t take much to suss out why.

    No ‘Turbo’ Robinson, he of the open goal miss at Stockport??

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