"Jackie" Gibbons played in the forward line of the 1930s Spurs team and throughout World War II, before moving on to have a varied playing and management career.
An amateur for the majority of his career, Jackie Gibbons turned out for non-league sides, Uxbridge, Hayes and Kingstonian (where he was in the side that won the Isthmian League), looking like he would sign for Fulham until his family dissuaded him. instead, he signed for Tottenham in July 1937 and scored on his debut. While his brief time at the club brought only 18 goals, twelve came in hat-tricks in four consecutive matches.
Gibbons moved on to Brentford in August 1938, but he had a tough time there, scoring only once for the Bees all season, so it was not a surprise that he returned to White Hart Lane in 1939, although he did not feature in a first team game on his return. The Second World War stalled his career and in 1945 he signed for Bradford Park Avenue as a professional, seeking more playing time and in his two season at the club scored 21 times in 42 league matches. He was demobbed from the RAF in 1946.
Brentford had been relegated to Division Two and re-signed Jackie for a record fee at the time of £8,000 to add some goals to the team, which he did, notching 13 in his first season. With a less successful second season only bringing three goals, Gibbons retired in 1949 going into management with Brentford, having been groomed for the role and signing his former Bradford Park Avenue team-mate Ron Greenwood to the club as captain. Being a deep-thinker about the game, Gibbons employed the football analyst Charles Reep and the result was an increase in their goal-scoring that saved them from relegation at the end of the 1950-51 season. When he fell out with players Greenwood and Jimmy Hill, Jackie resigned in August 1952, coached the now defunct Belgian side Royal Daring Club of Brussels from 1952 to 1954 and was out of work for a while before taking the post of Israeli national team manager in 1956. The team qualified for the 1956 Olympics and came runners-up in the inaugural Asian Cup. Staying in the country, he took charge of the Hapoel Petah Tikva club for a season and achieved second place in the league before leaving the club. He had to wait nine years before his next job, managing the Kenya national side. He had a year in that role before going on work for Coca-Cola in that country and then coach in South Africa and Belgium.
During his time at Tottenham, Jackie went on a tour of South Africa with the England Amateur team and won six caps scoring six goals. He won one wartime international cap for England and he also represented the FA XI .
Jackie Gibbons died in Johannesburg in South Africa on 4th July 1984.