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Born: 17 Nov 1986
Where: Cardiff, Wales
Joined Wycombe: July 2014 - Free from Shrewsbury Town.|
Wycombe Debut: Newport C 0 Wycombe 2 - 6 Aug 2014 - League 2
First goal: Morecambe 1 Wycombe 3 - 11 Oct 2014 - League 2
Contracted until June 2024*
*assumed date - one year triggered extension announced in March 2023
Career summary at Wycombe.
389 appearances - 44 goals
Up to end of 2022/23 season
Left-back who signed for Wanderers on 1st July 2014. The 27 year old joined on a two year deal following his release from relegated Shrewsbury Town. The former Welsh U21 Captain was Player of the Season with The Shrews in 2013/14 - his third year there following time with Cardiff City, Bristol Rovers, Oldham Athletic and Accrington Stanley.
Orginally made his professional debut as a 19 year old playing for Cardiff City when he appeared as substitute in The Bluebirds home Championship defeat to Norwich City on 22nd April 2006. He appeared again the following season, with start in the surprise home Football League Cup defeat to Barnet in August 2006 but failed to make another First Team appearance for The Bluebirds and eventually joined Bristol Rovers on a permament basis in the summer of 2007, following loan spells earlier that season with Accrington and then Rovers.
A two year spell at Rovers was followed by a year and a half at Oldham Athletic where a further loan spell with Accrington resulted in a permanent move to Stanley in January 2011. A regular in the Stanley side, he then switched to Shrewsbury in the summer of 2011 where he was regular for three years - making more than 100 appearances.
Manager Gareth Ainsworth said at the time of signing him for Wycombe: "Joe is a great left back first and foremost and I know he’ll do a really strong job for us defensively. But he’s got a quality delivery on him and he can chip in with the odd goal as well. I first knew Joe at Cardiff a decade ago and could spot at that point that he was going to go on and make it as a player, and to win the Player of the Year at Shrewsbury last season shows how well he’s thought of in the game, so we’re lucky to have him."
Impressed in his first season with Wanderers, being a regular in the side until injury in the home game with Cheltenham on 11 April 2015 ruled him out the remainder of the regular season. Returned to be a significant part of the side that overcame Plymouth Argyle in the two legged Play-Off Semi-Final in May 2015 and his injury-time free-kick in the Final at Wembley, that went in off Southend 'keeper Daniel Bentley, looked to have won the tie until Wycombe were cruelly pegged back in stoppage and then lost on penalties.
Awarded a two year extension to his contract at the end of the 2015/16 season and continued to be a regular and crucial member of the team for the following two seasons, being rewarded again on 26 June 2018 with another two year extension. Manager Garerth Ainsworth commented: "I’ve said many times that for me, 'JJ' is one of the best – if not the best – left-back in the lower leagues and we know exactly what we get with him. He’s an excellent defender, he gives us a fantastic weapon going forward with his deliveries into the box, and he’s another one whose knowledge and experience of higher levels will help us adapt quickly to League One.”
Jacobson was another crucial member of the Wanderers squad in the 2019/20 season - gaining media plaudits when he netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 victory over Lincoln City on 7th September 2019 - two of the goals coming direct from a corner. It was the first hat-trick for a Wanderers player in a defensive role since John Delaney bagged three goals in a 4-0 win at Enfield in September 1971.
The 2019/20 season was curtailed by COVID-19 but Jacobson would feature prominently again for Wycombe after PPG propelled the Club into the play-offs. He would score directly from a corner again in the barnstorming 4-1 1st leg demolition of Fleetwood Town - then in the 'Behind Closed Doors' League One Play-Off Final at Wembley v Oxford United on 13th July 2020, Jacobson netted the match-winning penalty to send Wycombe Wanderers into the second tier of English football for the first time ever.
After being rewarded with a contract extension until June 2023, Jacobson was another regular in the Wanderers side that narrowly missed out on survival in the Championship in the 2020/21 season. The following season there was more heartbreak when Wycombe returned to Wembley for another League One Play-Off Final but this time were second-best on the day - going down 2-0 to Sunderland.
In March 2023 Jacobson announced that he had triggered a contract extension with the Club that would run until at least June 2024. Speaking on the news, he said: "I'm delighted to extend my contract which means I'll have been here for 10 years. Not many players sign for a club at the age of 27 and stay there for a decade. But this club is special and I feel so fortunate that the club has supported me and given me this career which I'm so grateful for.". The now 36-year-old added: "My first game at Adams Park for Wycombe was the gaffer [Matt Bloomfield's] testimonial and I never thought I'd be celebrating with my own testimonial here, but I've loved every minute of my time here and I'm really happy to commit my future here for another year."
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