Jermaine Beckford – Preston North End’s Wembley hat-trick hero – calls it a day after career with Leeds United, Everton and Bolton Wanderers

Jermaine Beckford scores Preston's third against Swindon  he netted a hat-trick in the game
Jermaine Beckford scores Preston's third against Swindon he netted a hat-trick in the game

Preston North End’s 2015 Wembley hero Jermaine Beckford has announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old striker, who has been at Bury since 2017, started his career at Leeds where he became one of the club’s most prolific goalscorers with 85 goals in 152 matches.

Beckford celebrates PNE's promotion at Wembley

Beckford celebrates PNE's promotion at Wembley

He had a brief spell in the Premier League with Everton before joining Leicester and Bolton.

Beckford also enjoyed success at Deepdale, helping North End win promotion from League One with a hat-trick in the 2015 play-off final win over Swindon.

“Now, as many of you may know, my journey as a professional footballer has unfortunately come to an end,” Beckford wrote on Instagram.

“The operations I’ve had over the last couple of years have gotten the better of me.

Beckford with the match ball and man of the match award in 2015

Beckford with the match ball and man of the match award in 2015

“Football has given me all and more than I could’ve ever dreamed of and for all those that I have had the privilege of meeting and sharing any and all moments with, I will be eternally grateful!”