Jason emerged from the shadows in our first season as Leyton Pennant, when Paul Taylor, with plenty of verbal encouragement from general manager Kevin Moran, decided to draft some young blood into an ageing side. He became part of a line up that took the team from one off the bottom at Christmas to third place by March, on the back of a thirteen game unbeaten run.
Coming to the club out of West Ham’s youth academy he was a central midfield player, who was given most of his early games on the left of midfield.
His first game of note was the incredible London Challenge Cup match at home to Boreham Wood which ended 4-4 after extra time, where he scored a goal with a shot from almost on the left touchline, deliberately played it has to be said.
He also played his part in earning us a 4-3 replay victory, both games played in a howling gale which threatened to take the roofs off the stands behind the goals at both grounds.
His moment of glory came in the final of the Eastern Floodlight Cup final. After going a goal down his two free-kicks earnt us a 2-1 win and our first piece of silverware for the first team.
The two goals could not have been more different. Taken from almost exactly the same spot, the first bounced twice before going through the body of the opposition keeper. The second swerved and dipped, Beckham-like and left the keeper for dead, a goal good enough to win any cup final.