Jason Euell

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Jason Euell is a Jamacian-English footballer who was born in Lambeth, London on 6th February 1977. Euell was employed as a striker in the earlier part of his career, but later switched to midfield. He got his start at Wimbledon as a youngster and made a goal scoring debut in a 2-1 home defeat to Southampton on 28th October 1995. Euell featured sporadically for The Dons, until 1997/98 when he became a regular. During that season Euell earned a reputation as one of the best young players in the country, scoring 8 times in 23 matches. His early displays for Wimbledon won him four England under 21 caps. Euell scored 10 times in 33 matches in 1998/99, but was unable to keep the Dons in the Premiership the following season. His final season at Wimbledon came in 2000/01, where he netted 20 goals.

Euell moved to Premiership outfit Charlton for a club record fee of £4,750,000 in July 2001. He made his Addicks debut on 18th August 2001 in a 2-1 defeat at Everton. His first goal for the club came from the spot in a 1-0 League Cup win over West Brom. He ended 2001/02 as Charlton's top goal scorer, a feat he repeated the following two campaigns. At one point in 2002/03, Euell scored 7 times in 8 matches between November and January. The goals started to dry up by 2004/05 however. Euell managed just two that season. The former Wimbledon man missed much of the 2005/06 season with a shoulder injury, and by the time he returned to fitness he failed to regain a regular starting spot.

On 31st August 2006 Euell moved to Middlesbrough in a £300,000 deal. Euell made his debut on September 9th at Arsenal and provided the assist for James Morrison's goal in a 1-1 draw. That was about as good as it got for him at The Riverside however. He was generally regarded by the Boro fans as one of the clubs worst players in recent history. He played 20 matches for Gareth Southgate's side in 2006/07, before having his contract cancelled in August 2007.

Euell signed for George Burley's Southampton on August 31st 2007. He made his debut a day later as a late sub at QPR, and missed a great chance to open his goal scoring account. His first goal for the club came in a televised match at Burnley on 27th October. Unfortunately Euell struggled for form in the early months of his St Marys career. He was often subject to criticism from his own fans, many whom partially blamed him for the clubs poor form during 2007/08. After a humiliating home defeat to Plymouth on 19th February 2008, Euell performed so badly that Plymouth fans sarcastically chanted his name. The former England under 21 international did improve following the arrival of new manager Nigel Pearson however, and scored a vital last minute equaliser at Wolves on 4th March, as well as another goal in a 2-0 win over Bristol City on 5th April.

Euell missed the first few months of the 2008/09 season, as cash strapped Southampton looked to offload the high earning midfielder. He returned on 28th October in a 1-1 draw against Coventry. He was one of the clubs few decent performers in an otherwise dreadful season, especially in early 2009, when Mark Wotte moved him from midfield to his old position of striker. Euell's best performance in a Saints shirt came on 3rd March 2009 in a 3-0 hammering of Ipswich. The forward scored twice, and looked like the Jason Euell of old, putting in a magnificent performance on a Tuesday night. Despite further good displays, Euell failed to score after that match however, and Southampton were relegated. Euell's Saints contract expired in July 2009.

On 21st July 2009 Euell signed with Championship outfit Blackpool on a free transfer. He became club captain for The Tangerines and made his debut for Ian Holloway's side on 8th August in a 1-1 draw at QPR. His first goal for the club came on 16th September in a shock 2-1 victory over Newcastle. Six days later Euell was involved in an unsavoury incident in a Carling Cup tie at Stoke, where he was racially abused by a supporter. The ex Saint featured 35 times in all for The Seasiders in 2009/10, but missed out on the clubs play-off final victory at Wembley.

Euell appeared in just three of Blackpool's Premiership matches during 2010/11, with his only start coming at Aston Villa on 10th November where boss Ian Holloway rested 10 players. He also lined up against former club Southampton on January 8th in a 2-0 FA Cup defeat. On 18th February Euell joined Championship strugglers Doncaster Rovers on a six month loan deal. Euell helped keep Donny up with three goals, in draws with Watford and Barnsley.

Euell was released by Blackpool in June 2011 and spent pre season training with former club Charlton. He signed a one year contract with The Addicks on 10th August 2011. Euell was a bit part player in the Addicks 2011/12 League 1 title winning campaign. He was mostly used from the bench, if at all, although he did manage cup goals against Reading and Carlisle. In January 2012 Euell returned to Wimbledon on a five week loan. He suffered an injury just 42 minutes into his debut, but returned to Kingsmeadow a month later. Euell enjoyed a decent few weeks with Wimbledon before returning to Charlton for the last few weeks of the season. He appeared as a late substitute in the final day win over Hartlepool on 5th May.

Euell hung up his boots in the summer of 2012, but remained at Charlton, becoming U16 coach.

Despite playing for England at Under 21 level in the late nineties, Euell would go on to represent Jamaica, who he was qualified to play for through his father. He won 9 caps in total for The Reggae Boyz, and scored his one and only international goal in a 4-1 defeat to Ghana at Leicester's Walkers Stadium.

In January 2011 Euell filed for bankruptcy as a victim of property fraud. The former Charlton man found that his signature had been forged on documents after a property business he had invested in had failed. Euell is deaf in his left ear and is an honorary patron of the Show Racism the Red Card organisation. He is also an avid viewer of the TV show Countdown.