|Debut:||15-Jan-27, Shield, (H) v. Shelbourne|
Because of wide scale civil unrest, Belfast Celtic had withdrawn from football at the end of the 1919-20 season. The club officials came under pressure to return from the middle of 1923 onwards, which they agreed to do for the 1924-25 year. In preparation for the new season, Celtic manager Austin Donnelly, and his assistant Joe McCleery, set about the task of assembling a new team from scratch.
As a former goalkeeper himself—where he had played for Celtic in the early century—Donnelly’s first task was to find a keeper. The first one selected was Burt Jackson who worked in the wireless business.
A Londoner with schoolboy International honours, he had played with Willowfield when they lost in the final of the 1924 Irish Cup to Queen’s Island and lined out in Celtic’s first game after its 4-season absence. The signings of Chris Fitzmaurice and Jack Diffen for the championship-winning 1925-26 season made Burt, after 21 first team appearances, surplus to Celtic’s requirements.
In Dundalk’s debut Free State League season and in the absence of Jimmy Wilson for a mid January 1927 Shield tie against Shelbourne, Burt answered Joe McCleery’s distress call and made his one and only Dundalk appearance, in a 6-3 loss at the Athletic Grounds.