|Job Title||Assistant Manager|
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Sheffield FC Assistant Manager Kirk Jackson began his career as youth player with Sheffield Wednesday in the 1990s, a year ahead of Gavin Smith in the young Owls’ setup. After leaving the Owls he spent time with Scunthorpe and Chesterfield, making a few Football League appearances for each before a short spell with Grantham Town. Kirk spent the 1999/2000 season with Worksop in the Northern Premier League, where he was briefly re-united with Smith, scoring prolifically to earn a move back into the Football League with Darlington.
From there he joined Stevenage, in the Conference, where he played in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley. Stevenage went down 2-0 against Yeovil but the powerful striker clearly made an impression as he was signed by the Somerset club in the summer and was an important part of the side which stormed to the Conference title, and promotion to the Football League, in 2003. In total he made over a half-century of appearances and scored nearly a goal every other game, his time there also taking in a loan spell with Conference side Dagenham & Redbridge. During 2002/03 his performances at the top of the non-league pyramid were rewarded with international recognition as he won 6 caps for England C, finding the back of the net 3 times.
During 2004 Kirk played briefly at Hornchurch before a free scoring two seasons with Weymouth. The latter of those saw a run to the first round of the FA Cup, where they took Nottingham Forest to a replay, and ended with promotion from the Conference South as champions. From 2006 he played for Harrogate Town, including a brief loan spell with Tamworth, before re-joining Worksop for a season in 2008.
In 2009 Chris Dolby signed Kirk for Sheffield FC and, after impressing in pre-season, he made his debut in Club colours in the opening day draw against Stamford. He proved a key player in a strong start to the campaign and opened his scoring account with a hat-trick in a 4-2 September win over Mickleover. During the season the 33 year old striker scored 9 goals from 23 starts, the last of his strikes being a crucial one in a Senior Cup Semi Final win at Staveley, with Sheffield ending the campaign with a play-off Semi Final appearance and a Senior Cup win over old rivals Hallam at Hillsborough. He added 5 more appearances in the 2010/11 season, scoring twice more, to take his final Sheffield FC record to 34 games and 11 goals before hanging up his boots.
Kirk returned to Sheffield FC as Assistant Manager to Gavin Smith in 2018 and shows a constant passion and desire for the club both on and off the pitch, always demanding the best from everyone on and off the pitch.