In a long professional career - notably including time at Bristol Rovers, Reading, Colchester United and Norwich City - Jamie Cureton had three spells with Exeter City, one on loan, between 2010 and 2013. After the end of his professional career Jamie continued to play in non-league football and, by his mid-forties, had appeared over a thousand times for more than twenty clubs.
Jamie began his career with Norwich City where he made around thirty first-team appearances as well as representing England at youth level and playing on loan at Bournemouth and Bristol Rovers. Bristol-born Jamie then joined Rovers permanently in October 1996 for £200,000 and made around 170 league appearances scoring 68 times. Moving to Reading in August 2000 for £250,000, Jamie subsequently played for Busan I.cons (South Korea), Queen’s Park Rangers and Swindon Town before signing for Colchester United (after an earlier loan deal) in June 2006.
After 23 league goals for the Essex club in 2006/07, Jamie returned to Norwich City where - in three seasons - he scored sixteen league goals and also had loans to Barnsley and Shrewsbury. Leaving Carrow Road in May 2010, Jamie was approaching his 35th birthday when he joined Exeter City at the start of the 2010/11 season.
With over 200 career goals to his name Jamie made his Grecians debut against Colchester United on 7 August 2010 and, as the Grecians successfully finished the season in 8th place in League One, went on to score 17 times in 34 league starts. In all competitions Jamie netted twenty times winning a player of the year award in the process.
With his family now living in Essex, Jamie moved to Leyton Orient in June 2011 but - after struggling for form - was back at St James’ Park on loan in March 2012 scoring once in seven late-season appearances as the Grecians were unable to avoid a return to League Two.
Released by Orient in May 2012, Jamie re-appeared at Exeter City on a new contract and bettered his previous tally for the club by scoring 21 league goals. After a final appearance against Cheltenham on 20 April 2013 Jamie signed for the Gloucestershire club for the 2013/14 season before joining Dagenham and Redbridge with whom he finished his Football League career, fittingly at Bristol Rovers, on 7 May 2016 at the age of forty.
Yet Jamie carried on playing initially with Farnborough followed by Eastleigh, Farnborough (again), St Albans City, back to Farnborough and - in January 2018 - Bishop’s Stortford. Having worked as an academy coach at Arsenal, Jamie became interim manager at Stortford and later player-coach of Enfield. Then, after taking over as manager in September 2020 Jamie led Enfield to the Essex Senior League title in 2022/23.
Aside from an occasional appearance Jamie was, by now, no longer playing regularly and it was estimated that he had now made over a thousand appearances (spanning nine tiers of the football pyramid from the Premier League to the Essex Senior League) scoring in excess of 400 goals in the process.
League 88; Cups 8 (96)