A FAM­ILY AF­FAIR

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Grow­ing up with three broth­ers was a mem­o­rable time for Keaghan Ja­cobs, with the four boys very ac­tive and sporty while all shar­ing a love for foot­ball. “It was amaz­ing,” Ja­cobs says of his child­hood. “It was great, like grow­ing up with your best friends, play­ing foot­ball ev­ery day.” Four years af­ter join­ing the Liv­ingston youth struc­tures, broth­ers Devon, Kyle and Shel­don – who are all two years younger – fol­lowed suit in 2006, mak­ing it a royal fam­ily af­fair at the club, with mother Irene work­ing two jobs and sac­ri­fic­ing a lot to en­sure her sons’ hap­pi­ness. “My mom and dad split up, and af­ter a cou­ple of years my dad moved back to South Africa, where a lot of his fam­ily were,” Ja­cobs says. “So it was just us four and my mom. She just wanted the best up­bring­ing for us, so she gave up a lot to bring us up.” As fate would have it, the Ja­cobs broth­ers set a unique record on 27 April 2010 in a League Two match against Al­bion Rovers, with Shel­don join­ing his three broth­ers off the bench for the last 19 min­utes as all four sib­lings fea­tured in the 2-0 league vic­tory, and the only known pro­fes­sional match to fea­ture four mem­bers of the same fam­ily. “Grow­ing up, my broth­ers and I al­ways played foot­ball to­gether any­way, so it was a very proud mo­ment to be able to play a pro­fes­sional foot­ball game with all four of us, and it’s a mo­ment I’ll re­mem­ber for­ever,” Ja­cobs says of the game, be­fore in­sist­ing it didn’t feel any dif­fer­ent to any other game. “There wasn’t any­thing in it – it was just like play­ing an­other game with my broth­ers. It felt so nat­u­ral, and didn’t feel like there was any pres­sure.” All three younger broth­ers are still in Scot­land, with Kyle the only one still play­ing pro­fes­sional foot­ball with Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship side Queen of the South.

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