Goalkeeper Jason Batty started his career in New Zealand at Kingz
Court before joining Norwich City in 1988/89 playing for the Youth
team on 36 occasions. The New Zealander was unsuccessful in securing
a professional contract and played for Wroxham in the Jewson Eastern
Counties League Division One before he returned to New Zealand
to play in the National League with Auckland side North Shore
United. He spent the 1997 season in the USA with the Albuquerque
Geckos in the USISL (USA's third division). He then returned to
New Zealand where he has since captained the national side.
New Zealand Canaries fan Grant Stantiall informed me on 17th August
1998 that Jason joined Irish side Bohemians. He also captained
the New Zealand national side to victory in the Oceania Nations
Cup which meant that the Kiwis will represent Oceania at the FIFA
Confederations Cup to be held in Mexico in 1999. Jason later joined
Singapore team Geylang but returned home in the summer of 1999
to join Wynton Rufer's Football Kings.
The Kings are a New Zealand side who will play in the Australian
League. Jason also spent the summer of 1999 with the New Zealand
side in the Confederations Cup. Although Michael Utting was the
Kiwi's first choice keeper, he was dropped for breaking curfew
giving Batty a game against Germany (they lost 2-0)
Jason joined Grimsby on a 3 month trial in September 2000. This
didn't bear fruit but Jason stayed in Lincolnshire joining Scunthorpe
on trial in January 2001. Released at the end of the season, Jason
signed on with Conference side Stalybridge Celtic but quit the
club and the country to return home down under at Christmas 2001.
Despite not playing regularly since his return to New Zealand,
Jason was picked for New Zealand's Oceania Nations Cup squad.
Glenfield Rovers took on Batty to give him some pre-tournament
experience. This seemed to work as Jason was the Kiwis' hero in
their victorious Oceania Nations Cup campaign. First choice keeper
Michael Utting was kicked out of the squad mere days before the
tournament kicked off, for disciplinary reasons with Utting later
confessing to alcohol problems. Batty enjoyed an outstanding tournament
and pulled off some great saves in the final against Australia
before withdrawing on 57minutes through injury. Replacement James
Bannatyne proved an able replacement and the Kiwis won 1-0 with
a 78th minute goal from Ryan Nelsen.
Jason has since moved to Caversham and was again selected for
New Zealand's squad to contest the Confederations Cup in France
in the summer of 2003.
Jason has returned to the USA to coach at Dartmouth University.