Whatever happened to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas?

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was with Arsenal from 2008 to 2011, but only made one first team appearance for the club.  He had loans at Blackpool, Doncaster and Cardiff before signing for Ipswich in 2011 where he made 71 appearances.  In 2013 he moved to Bristol City where he played 82 times scoring 24 goals.

After that he moved to QPR, and had loan spells with MK Dons and Gillingham.  Eventually in 2019, seemingly unable to find a new club in England he moved to PTT Rayong in Thailand, for whom he is noted as having played 11 times thus far.

Here are the anniversaries…

27 February 1897: Arsenal beat Millwall, their closest rivals, 3-1 in the United League.  The crowd was 15,000, the highest recorded for a United League game.

27 February 1915: Arsenal lost at home to high flying Derby 1-2.  At half time the Islington Recruiting Committee (with Arsenal directors’ compliance) were active looking for army volunteers.  For Arsenal the only good news was the crowd: 18,000. On the same day a platoon of the Footballers’ Battalion that Henry Norris had funded, marched around the pitch at Craven Cottage, again as a recruiting exercise.

27 February 1926: First senior game for Andrew Neil.  He had played for Kilmarnock, Galston, Stevenston United, and Brighton and Hove Albion before moving to Arsenal on March 13 for £3000.  He played 54 times before Arsenal brought in Alex James.

27 February 1926: William Harper made his Scottish debut.  Arsenal broke the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper to bring him in – paying £4000.  Despite the fee Harper was dropped by Arsenal after 20 matches although he did get the minor consolation of a London Combination League Winner’s medal.

27 February 1932: Huddersfield’s largest ever crowd 67,037 saw Arsenal win in the FA Cup 6th round tie 1-0.  Over 100 fans were treated for injuries due to poor to non-existent crowd control. Herbie Roberts scored.

27 February 1954: Tottenham 3 Arsenal 0.  It was part of a four match sequence without a win as Arsenal slumped to 12th – although not below Tottenham who finished 16th.

27 February 1971:  Derby 2 Arsenal 0.  League match 29 of the first Double season. Three defeats in the last five games cast major doubts over Arsenal’s attempt to win the league with Arsenal seven points behind Leeds but with two games in hand.

27 February 1986: Pat Beasley, one of Chapman’s signings, died.  He played 79 times for Arsenal in the league, and then moved on to Huddersfield, Fulham and Bristol City. After finishing playing he had managed Bristol City, Birmingham City and Dover.

27 February 1991: Shrewsbury 0 Arsenal 1 in the FA Cup.  Mickey Thomas scored the only goal of the game, with 12,536 in the crowd.  It was Arsenal’s sixth FA Cup match of the season, but they were still only in the 5th round.

27 February 2002: Arsenal 4 Bayer Leverkusen 1, leaving Arsenal needing to win at least one of their last two group games to progress further.  Pires, Henry, Vieira and Bergkamp scored.

27 February 2010: Ramsey was seriously assaulted by Shawcross on the pitch causing a double fracture of Ramsey’s lower right leg, breaking the tibia and fibula.  He did not play against until a reserve game on 23 November. Shawcross on the other hand was immediately given a place in the England squad. At subsequent games large numbers of Stoke fans inanely booed Ramsey, something the club did nothing to denounce, and which remains an eternal stain on the standing of the club.

27 February 2010: Jay Emmanuel Thomas loaned to Doncaster but it was not until 2013 that he fully realised his goalscoring potential, playing for Bristol City before later moving on to QPR.

27 February 2011: Arsenal 1 Birmingham 2.  League Cup final.  The referee was Mike Dean. RVP scored Arsenal’s goal and Birmingham’s second came from a mix up between Szczęsny and Laurent Koscielny.

27 February 2019: Arsenal beat Bournemouth 5-1 to make it five league wins in the last six games.  Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Koscielny, Aubamayang and Lacazette got the goals.

One Reply to “Whatever happened to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas?”

  1. I lived in the house in Ipswich after he moved out (JET). Can’t remember how many debt collection companies came knocking for him.

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