Jimmy Corbett is a retired professional English footballer. He played in the Football League for Gillingham FC, Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth, Darlington and Southend United.

At aged 14 he was selling programmes to the fans of Gillingham FC, to help him gain free entry to the matches! At 15 he was scouted playing for his school and started off his career at Gillingham as YTS trainee at the age of 16. He went from cleaning the boots of the first team to being sold to the Premiership.

At the age of 17 while playing for Gillingham, Jimmy was recognised as an excellent midfielder and his performances attracted attention from other Premiership Teams, leading to him joining Blackburn Rovers in 1998.  Roy Hodgson who is went on to become the England Manager spotted Jimmy’s talent and signed him to the club.  His time there was plagued with extensive injury problems, including two broken ankles and he was sent out on loan to Portsmouth, Royal Antwerp and then onto Darlington during his stay with the club.

At the start of the 2003 season Jimmy joined Southend United, where he played until 2005 after spells with Welling and Margate he later joined Folkestone Invicta in 2006 before he signed for the Kent League side Herne Bay ahead of the 2009–10 season

At aged 31 Jimmy was forced to retire in December 2011 after persistent ankle problems.

Giving Back

Jimmy has now worked as an Athlete Mentor on 4 Get on Track programmes, having starting working for the trust in May 2015. With every programme that he has worked on, the most joy comes from the change he sees in the young people from Day One of 'On Your Marks' to the last day of Graduation.

Competitive record


Blackburn Rovers

Portsmouth (loan)

Royal Antwerp

Darlington (loan)

Southend United

Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)


Welling United

Folkestone Invicta

Herne Bay