Date of birth
Jake returned to the Pirelli Stadium in the summer of 2017, eight years after playing his part in helping the Brewers achieve Football League status as Conference champions in 2009.
Originally with Mansfield Town, Jake worked his way through the Academy at Field Mill and soon became a regular with the Stags, becoming one of the youngest captains in the League during his time at the club. Following Mansfield’s relegation in 2008, Jake was released, and he became the final piece in the Albion squad that created club history the next season. His performances earned him the Player of the Year Award and a move to Derby County to link back up with Nigel Clough. Jake worked hard to establish himself at Pride Park after making the step up to the Championship and his whole-hearted performances made him a firm favourite amongst the supporters. Injuries disrupted his time with the Rams, but he played a key part in the Rams run to the Championship Play-Off Final in 2014, where they narrowly missed out on a Premier League place to QPR at Wembley. Two years into an extended three-year contract, Wigan Athletic moved to make Jake a part of their defence upon their return to the Championship after a season in League One. After a year with the Latics, Jake expressed a desire to move closer to home and a return to Burton Albion proved an ideal option, once again with Nigel Clough. Jake was entrusted with the captaincy in August 2017. In the summer of 2019, he signed a one-year deal that would keep him at the Pirelli Stadium for the subsequent 2019-20 season. On 18 May 2020, Buxton was appointed as player/manager of Burton Albion, following the resignation of previous manager Nigel Clough.