Jackson Irvine began his career with Victorian Premier League Club Frankston Pines. The collection does not include any items from his time in the Victorian State/Premier League. In 2012 he moved to Scotland and joined the Celtic Academy. He spent most of his time at Celtic being loaned out to other clubs or playing for the Academy team. The collection does not contain any Celtic items featuring Jackson. For the 2013-14 season he was loaned out to fellow Scottish Professional Football League Club Kilmarnock. The collection contains a Topps Match Attax trading card and a Killie programme. The card is only item in the collection that features a clean cut Jackson Irvine. By the time he appeared on the cover of the Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle Match Day Programme in April 2014 he already has his trademark long hair. It was also during his loan period at Kilmarnock that he made his full international debut in a friendly against Canada played Craven Cottage, Fulham. There is both a match day ticket and teamsheet from his debut.
The following season saw Jackson loaned to Ross County which was later converted into a full transfer from Celtic. The collection comprises a Staggies programme where he appears with other players on the cover, a Topps Match Attax trading card (pictured right) and the programme and team sheet from Ross County’s historical 2016 League Cup Final win over Hibernian. This was Ross County’s first major trophy with Jackson receiving the Man of the Match award. The Staggies programmes for the 2015-16 season featured portrait pictures of players on the front however despite him being one of their better players he never made the cover in his last season. Perhaps they didn’t like he chose be a Socceroo, and follow in his uncle’s footsteps rather than play for Scotland where Jackson had played in the Under 19’s.
At the end of the season, in his 3rd full international, Jackson came on as a substitute in the against Australia’s historical sporting rivals England. It was the first international friendly match against England since the Socceroos historic 3-1 victory in 2003 at West Ham’s old Upton Park ground. This friendly was played at the Sunderland’s Stadium of Light Ground. The collection includes the match day programme, ticket, team sheet and even an English FA pass. Unfortunately there was no fairy tale ending this time with England winning 2-1.
For the 2106-17 seasons Jackson Irvine transferred to newly promoted English Championship Club Burton Albion. In complete contrast to Ross County, Jackson appeared on the cover of three “Brewer” programmes that season. The final programme was in recognition of him receiving the player of the year and players player of the year awards. All three programmes and a Nikolai – Squad Card are in the collection.