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James Vaughan (striker)

For other people named James Vaughan, see James Vaughan (disambiguation).
James Vaughan
England U214(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2013

James Oliver Vaughan (born 14 July 1988) is an English footballer who plays for Football League Championship side Huddersfield Town as a striker and has represented England at U17, U19 and under 21 level but has since expressed a desire to represent Jamaica at international level. He is the Premier League's youngest goalscorer.[1]

Vaughan, who was born in Birmingham, signed as a professional footballer with Everton. He played for the club between 2005 and 2011, including loan spells at Derby County, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, before signing for Norwich in May 2011. He then had a loan spell at Huddersfield Town for the majority of the 2012–13 season, before signing permanent terms on 3 July 2013.

Early life

Born in Birmingham, Vaughan went to school at Hill West primary school and The Arthur Terry School in Four Oaks. He and was spotted by Everton's talent scouts at nine years of age while playing in his primary school's football team[2] and joined the club's academy. He attended Chesterfield High School in Liverpool whilst at the academy. His father is property developer Dorrington Vaughan who played rugby union for Preston Grasshoppers.[3]

Vaughan was also a talented young sprinter, running the 100 metres in 11.5 seconds as a 13-year-old, the third fastest time for his age in Britain.[3]

Playing career

Everton

Vaughan joined Everton's Youth Academy and was voted by his fellow team-mates as the Under-16s player of the season for 2003–04. He scored a number of goals for the reserve team during the 2004–05 season, making his full debut for the club in the same season. His 73rd-minute substitute appearance for the first team against Crystal Palace on his debut on 10 April 2005 overtook James Milner as the Premier League's youngest scorer at 16 years and 271 days[3] as well as Wayne Rooney as Everton's youngest top flight goal scorer.[2][4]

Vaughan signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2005, agreeing to a two-year contract. Early in the 2005–06 campaign, he sustained a knee ligament injury whilst on international duty with England Under-18s.[4] A series of complications sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign and he did not have the chance to establish himself as a regular in the senior squad. He scored his second league goal in the 93rd minute of a 2–0 win over West Ham United. Vaughan, despite suffering a severed foot artery in a match with Bolton,[3][5] went on to score three more goals in the final stages of the 2006–07 season. At the end of the 2006–07 season, Vaughan extended his contract with Everton until the summer of 2011.

Vaughan played a total of 49 times for Everton, making only eight league starts and scoring nine goals.[6] His career at the club was blighted by a number of injuries which limited his opportunities to establish himself in the first team.[4][7][8] Highlights of his career at Everton include scoring the winner in a 3–2 Everton victory over AZ Alkmaar, who had a 32 years record of never being beaten at home in European Competitions, and making his return from injury in April 2009 as an extra time substitute against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final, scoring a penalty in the penalty shootout that saw Everton win 4—2. He went on to play in the 2009 FA Cup Final, coming on as a second half substitute.


Derby County (loan)

In September 2009, Vaughan joined Football League Championship club Derby County on a three-month loan.[9] Vaughan was however subsequently recalled from the loan following surgery on a slight tear in his cartilage.

Leicester City (loan)

On 11 March 2010, Vaughan joined Leicester City on an initial one month loan deal, with an option to extend it until the end of the season. On 17 April 2010, Vaughan scored his first goal for Leicester after coming on as a substitute against Watford.[10]

Crystal Palace (loan)

On 8 September 2010, Vaughan joined Crystal Palace, the club against which he had become the Premier League's youngest goal-scorer, on a three-month loan deal.[11] He scored his first hat-trick against Portsmouth on 14 September 2010, and went on to score twice more in his loan spell. After an administrative error prevented him from joining Celtic on loan, he returned to Crystal Palace for a second loan deal in January 2011, lasting until the end of the season.

Norwich City

On 27 May 2011, Vaughan signed for newly promoted Premier League club Norwich City on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[8][12] Vaughan made his debut for the club against West Bromwich Albion on 11 September, going on to make a total of five league appearances in an injury hit first season.[6][13]

Huddersfield Town (loan)

On 24 August 2012, Vaughan joined newly promoted Football League Championship side Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan arrangement.[14] Vaughan made his debut for the Terriers in a 2–0 home victory over Burnley on 26 August, the side's first league win of the season.[15] Vaughan scored his first goal as a Huddersfield Town player with the equalising goal in a 2–2 draw away at Ipswich Town on 1 September 2012, and he later had a penalty saved.[16]

Despite injuries throughout the season, Vaughan became a massive hit with fans and was the club's top scorer with 14 goals, including a hat-trick against Bristol City in April, and the equalising goal in the 2–2 draw against Barnsley on the final day to secure Town's Championship status. He was then named the club's Player of the Season, becoming only the 2nd person after Leon Knight to win as a loan player.

Huddersfield Town

On 3 July 2013, after much anticipation from the fans, Vaughan signed a three-year deal with Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee, taking the number 9 shirt.[17] He made his second début for the club in the 1–0 defeat by Nottingham Forest on 3 August. After scoring 2 goals in the Capital One Cup win over Bradford City on 6 August, he scored his first league goal on his return in the 1–1 draw with Queens Park Rangers on 10 August. On 24 August, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win against A.F.C. Bournemouth.[18] Vaughan scored his 8th goal of the season in the 2–1 defeat against Barnsley. On 19 October he was sent off in a league match against Leicester city where Town lost 2–1 in the end

International career

Vaughan was called up to the England under-19 squad, scoring the winning goal after coming on as a second half substitute against Switzerland. At the end of the 2006–07 season, Vaughan was named in Stuart Pearce's 23-man squad for the England U21s European Championship campaign. His first appearance for the side came as a substitute in the 2–2 draw with Italy U21 on 14 June 2007. Vaughan went on to make four appearances for the U21s between 2007 and 2011 with his record standing at one win, two draws and a loss, his final appearance for the U21s came in February 2011 against the same team he made his début, Italy U21s.[19]

In October 2012, Vaughan announced on Twitter that he wants to represent Jamaica at international level.[20]

Honours

Huddersfield Town

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References

External links

  • Soccerbase

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