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Jerel Ifil
Jerel Ifil
Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:3 (0)
Date of birth:27 June 1982
Place of birth:Wembley
Height:6 ft 1 in
Position:Defender
Date joined:24 February 2011
Joined from:Aberdeen
Date left:30 June 2011
1 League appearances and goals only.

Jerel Ifil was one of a clutch of players who was signed for Rovers on short-term deals by manager Dave Penney during his brief spell in charge late in the 2010–11 season.

He played in the first three of Rovers' fixtures after signing, making his debut in a 1–0 defeat away to Brentford on 26 February 2011, but a red card in his third game saw him pick up a suspension and never regain his place in the side. His only other inclusion in a matchday squad was as an unused substitute against Sheffield Wednesday in the penultimate game of the season. The club opted not to retain his services at the expiry of his deal, and he left the club in the summer having made a total of just three appearances.

CareerEdit

Jerel started out as a Watford player, but it took a while for him to earn a place in The Hornets' side, and in fact made his debut in senior football while on loan at Huddersfield Town at the end of the 2001–02 season. He never really established himself as a Watford player, and was taken on loan by Swindon Town three times before they eventually paid a fee of £70,000 to sign him permanently in 2004. He remained with the Wiltshire club for another five years but he left in 2009 to join Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. Despite featuring regularly for The Dons he agreed a release from his contract with them at the end of the January 2011 transfer window, joining Rovers just over three weeks later.

After his disappointing spell with Rovers he joined Kettering Town in the summer of 2011, signing a two-year deal with the Northamptonshire club, where he linked up with his younger brother Phil. Things didn't go well with the Poppies however, the club suffering financial difficulties that resulted in Jerel's wages not being paid for a period.

He left the club in 2012, and played a single game for Sutton United against Boreham Wood at the beginning of the 2012–13 season. Twelve days later he was playing for Boreham Wood against Tonbridge Angels, and a further game for them followed a fortnight later when he lined up against Bath City.

After a two-month gap without a game, during which he spent some time with Hemel Hempstead Town, he joined Staines Town at the end of November 2012 and spent the remainder of the campaign with them.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2001–02Watford 00
2001–02Huddersfield Town (loan)40
2002–03Watford 10
2002–03Swindon Town (loan)90
2003–04Watford 100
2003–04Swindon Town (loan)60
2003–04Swindon Town (loan)100
2004–05Swindon Town 350
2005–06Swindon Town 360
2006–07Swindon Town 401
2007–08Swindon Town 401
2008–09Swindon Town 301
2009–10Aberdeen 270
2010–11Aberdeen 170
2010–11Bristol Rovers 30
2011–12Kettering Town 280
2012–13Sutton United 10
2012–13Boreham Wood 20
2012–13Hemel Hempstead Town 00
2012–13Staines Town 230

Record against RoversEdit

Jerel has played against Rovers five times, all for Swindon Town. He has an impressive record of four wins and one defeat from those games.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
16 December 2006Swindon TownCounty Ground2–1 to Swindon
28 April 2007Swindon TownMemorial Stadium1–0 to Rovers
24 November 2007Swindon TownCounty Ground1–0 to SwindonSent off for violent conduct
22 April 2008Swindon TownMemorial Stadium1–0 to Swindon
25 April 2009Swindon TownCounty Ground2–1 to Swindon

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