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Full Name: Jonathan Antoni Gittens
Middlesbrough soon became a Premiership club, and a goal from Gittens helped them gain promotion into the first Premiership season. With this Gittens' struggles for regular first team action returned, so with this came another move and a further return to the South Coast, this time with Pompey, when he was signed by on a free transfer in August 1993 by Jim Smith after a trial.
Gittens was a near regular throughout the 93/94 and 94/95 seasons but following the sacking of Smith in 1995 his appearances were limited under Terry Fenwick and the 95/96 season saw his chances limited to just 15 appearances, the last of these coming in January 1996 as the club crashed out of the FA Cup against local rivals, and his former side, Southampton. After failing to make another first team appearance, and stranded just two games short of the milestone of 100 appearances for the Blues he was granted a free transfer in the summer of 1996 and signed for Torquay.
After success at Plainmoor, having originally been released towards the end of the 96/97 season due to the commuting he was doing from Dorchester, he returned the following season to be crowned the Torquay Player of the Year in 1998. Despite this award Gittens was still released, but it was not long before Torquay's South West rivals Exeter, then managed by former Pompey defender Noel Blake, snapped him up. Two-years were spent at St James Park before the veteran was allowed to leave and his professional career ended as he moved back into non-league football with spells at Nuneaton Borough and Dorchester Town before retiring in 2001 aged 37.
Gittens remained in the game, moving into coaching in December 2001, a post with Fareham Town awaited before he took over as manager in 2002. Team Solent and Blackfield & Langley are others to benefit from his guidance.
Other Interesting Facts:
Gittens became the first of two Pompey players sent off in January 1995's 1-0 FA Cup 4th round defeat at Fratton Park against Leicester. In appalling conditions, conditions that probably should have seen the game not even played, referee Dermott Gallagher firstly sent Gittens off then harshly made Alan Knight join him after his momentum saw him slide out of the area with the ball in his hands
Allegedly punched West Ham's new record signing Florin Raducioiu on his Torquay debut in a pre-season friendly. This is something that then West Ham manager Harry Redknapp wanted Gittens reported to the Football Association for
Before singing for Exeter in the summer of 1998 Gittens was close to a player-coach role with Swansea
His final Torquay appearance came in a losing Division Three play-off final to Colchester in May 1998. Gittens was harshly adjudged to have conceded the penalty that won the game, which was also controversially played on a Friday night due to England playing at Wembley the following day. Due to this many fans could not attend the Wembley showpiece
Charged with misconduct when Fareham manager in April 2004 for using 'foul' language against a referees assistant on Easter Monday 2004. Gittens was sent to the stands for calling the assistant a Nugget! When charged he contested the fact that he was charged as having said he called him a 'chicken nugget', when he only called him a nugget, a charge in itself that he found laughable
Gittens has a sports shop, Jon Gittens Sports, in Southampton
Gittens is a UEFA 'A' licensed coach
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