Modbury Jets FC is mourning the loss of soccer identity and club legend John ‘J.J.’ Jacob.
A life member of the club and highly respected member of the South Australian soccer community, ‘J.J.’ passed away at his home on Sunday 25 January. He was just 49 years.
“J.J. will be sadly missed by all at the club and throughout the wider soccer community,” said Modbury Jets FC President Neil Henderson.
“He was a wonderful man whose passion for the game was only matched by his dedication and commitment to Modbury Jets FC over some 25 years”.
As one of the state’s most talented player in his teens, J.J. represented Australia in international competition against England and was a member of the South Australian state side for several years before succumbing to career ending injuries in his early 20s.
While battling ill health in later years J.J. maintained his love of soccer and was an ardent follower of Adelaide United.
“J.J. made an enormous contribution to Modbury Soccer Club as an active member of its Senior Football and Grounds Committees and was a true ambassador for the sport in South Australia, “said Neil.
“‘He was a man of great integrity and dignity and had the ability to connect and engage with anyone he met.
“J.J. will be missed by his many friends in South Australian soccer and by us all at Modbury Jets FC, but he will never be forgotten.”
The funeral for John ‘J.J.’ Jacob will take place on Monday 2nd February.