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Jamie Cureton
Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:176 (72)
Date of birth:28 August 1975
Place of birth:Bristol
Height:5 ft 8 in
Position:Forward
Date joined:September 1996
Joined from:Norwich City
Date left:August 2000
1 League appearances and goals only.

Jamie Cureton made 176 Football League appearances for Rovers between 1996 and 2000, scoring 72 goals, as well as playing ten times in the FA Cup, eight times in the League Cup and six times in the Football League Trophy and scoring twice in each of those competitions. He formed a formidable partnership up front with Jason Roberts during their spell together at the club.

He joined Reading after leaving Rovers in a £250,000 deal in August 2000.

CareerEdit

Jamie was born in Bristol, and educated at St. Thomas More secondary school, which until it closed sat directly between the Memorial Stadium and the site of the former Eastville Stadium. In spite of this however he began his footballing career with Norwich City, breaking into the first team squad during the 1992–93 season. He didn't make a huge impact at Carrow Road, and was loaned out to AFC Bournemouth as well as Bristol Rovers by Norwich. He scored four goals in six games for The Pirates, which was enough for the Bristol club to fork out £200,000 to keep him at the Memorial Ground, as it was then called.

He moved to Reading in 2000, where he scored 50 goals in 108 League games before the summer of 2003. At this point he made the decision to move overseas, and joined Korean side Busan I'cons–a move that he later admitted he regretted making. Jamie found it hard to settle in Korea, and returned to England in February 2004 when he signed for Queens Park Rangers where he stayed until the end of the 2004–05. Over the next two years he went on to play for Swindon Town and Colchester United, before re-joining his first club, Norwich City, in 2007. He enjoyed a three-year spell back at Carrow Road, during which time he was loaned out to Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town, before being released in 2010.

Following his release he had a trial with Exeter City in the summer of 2010, and he agreed non-contract terms with them in the hope of being granted a full-time contract later on, eventually signing until the end of the 2010–11 season. He was the club's top goalscorer that year, with 17 goals in the league and three in the Football League Trophy, five goals clear of team mate Ryan Harley, and in 2011 he was offered a 1-year extension to his deal. He rejected that offer however, and after Paul Buckle made an unsuccessful attempt to bring Cureton back to Bristol Rovers he signed for Leyton Orient. His spell with The Os didn't quite go to plan however, and in March 2012 he was loaned back to Exeter before being released at the end of the season and signing a year-long deal with Exeter.

When his contract with The Grecians ended in 2013 he was given a one-year contract by Cheltenham Town.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1992–93Norwich City 00
1993–94Norwich City 00
1994–95Norwich City 174
1995–96Norwich City 122
1995–96AFC Bournemouth (loan)50
1996–97Norwich City 00
1996–97Bristol Rovers (loan)64
1996–97Bristol Rovers 327
1997–98Bristol Rovers 4313
1998–99Bristol Rovers 4625
1999–00Bristol Rovers 4622
2000–01Bristol Rovers 11
2000–01Reading 4326
2001–02Reading 3815
2002–03Reading 279
2003Busan I'cons 214
2003–04Queens Park Rangers 132
2004–05Queens Park Rangers 304
2005–06Swindon Town 307
2005–06Colchester United (loan)84
2006–07Colchester United 4423
2007–08Norwich City 4112
2008–09Norwich City 222
2008–09Barnsley (loan)82
2009–10Norwich City 62
2009–10Shrewsbury Town (loan)120
2010–11Exeter City 4117
2011–12Leyton Orient 191
2011–12Exeter City (loan)71
2012–13Exeter City 4021


Record against RoversEdit

Jamie has played against Bristol Rovers nine times since leaving the Memorial Stadium, and has been on the losing side just twice. He has scored three goals in those nine games; one for Reading, one for Norwich City and one for Exeter City.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
26 December 2000ReadingMemorial Stadium2–2Sammy Igoe, Andy Gurney and Scott Howie were also in the Reading squad
20 January 2001ReadingMadejski Stadium1–0 to ReadingScored the only goal after 42 mins. Sammy Igoe and Scott Howie also in Reading squad
3 October 2009Norwich CityCarrow Road5–1 to NorwichScored in injury time. Fraser Forster was an unused substitute for Norwich
21 August 2010Exeter CitySt. James Park2–2Came on in the 32nd minute
14 December 2010Exeter CityMemorial Stadium2–2Exeter won 4–3 on penalties
10 April 2011Exeter CityMemorial Stadium2–0 to ExeterSubbed off after 76 minutes
30 September 2011Leyton OrientBrisbane Road3–2 to Orient
29 September 2012Exeter CitySt James' Park2–1 to RoversScored Exeter's goal
6 March 2013Exeter CityMemorial Stadium2–0 to Rovers3 other ex-Rovers players in Exeter squad

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