Causeway Chronicle

Defensive stalwart Davy Jackson talks with Michael Anderson

To finish our preview of Coleraine’s famous Gibson Cup Irish League Championship winning side, MICHAEL ANDERSON speaks to another Showgrounds star . . .defensive stalwart Davy Jackson 

He was regarded as a cultured ‘ball playing’ centre-half long before the phrase was used by the television pundits!

A real Rolls Royce of a player, Davy Jackson was silky smooth at the heart of the Coleraine defence.

‘Jacko’, as he was known to his team-mates, formed a formidable partnership with Alan Campbell.

Cool on the ball, he could also hit hard in the tackle!

Davy had it all..and won it all too with Coleraine.

Signed from hometown club Portadown in 1969, he became an influential figure.

Still residing near Portadown where he has an Accountancy business, Jackson was a rock at the heart of the Coleraine defence.

As well as winning the league in 1974, he won two Blaxnit All Ireland Cups, the Ulster Cup, Gold Cup and the Irish Cup in 1972, 1975 and 1977 in a successful stint at the Showgrounds.

He made almost 400 appearances, scoring 17 times.

A club captain at one stage, he also turned out 14 times in Europe.

But it was that Easter evening at Shamrock Park when a late Ivan Murray equaliser won the league that he still remembers like it was yesterday.

“The main thing I remember is the Coleraine supporters spilling onto the pitch when the goal went in,” said Davy.

Click the video to hear Davy’s thoughts on that never to be forgotten ’74 success.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson