James McArthur

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James McArthur
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McArthur playing for Hamilton Academical
Personal information
Full name James McArthur[1]
Date of birth (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 18
Youth career
2003–2005 Hamilton Academical
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Hamilton Academical 168 (10)
2010–2014 Wigan Athletic 129 (11)
2014– Crystal Palace 11 (1)
National team
2008 Scotland U21 2 (0)
2010– Scotland 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:27, 16 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:47, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

James McArthur (born 7 October 1987) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the Scotland national football team.

McArthur started his career at Hamilton Academical and was part of the team that won the 2007–08 Scottish First Division title. He made over 190 appearances for Hamilton before joining Wigan Athletic in July 2010. McArthur helped Wigan win the FA Cup in 2013. He was transferred to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2014.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before joining Hamilton Academical as a youth in 2003, McArthur used to play for Rangers South BC, St Johnstone pro youth, Rangers SABC, Clyde before moving to Hamilton Academical.[4]

Hamilton Academical[edit]

Born in Glasgow, McArthur joined Hamilton Academical as a youth in 2003. He made his debut in January 2005 against Ross County. He established himself in the Hamilton team the following season and scored his first goal in April 2006 against St. Johnstone.

Such was his progress that he was given the captaincy for Hamilton against Aberdeen in February 2008 for a Scottish Cup tie[5] and nominated for the First Division Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season.[6] In May 2008 after helping his side to the Scottish Premier League, McArthur was awarded with a new three-year contract.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

In the 2009–10 season, several English Championship and Premier League clubs, including Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Sunderland, showed an interest in McArthur. On 5 April 2010, McArthur went on a three-day visit to Premier League club Wigan Athletic with a view to a permanent move in the summer.[7] He signed a four-year contract at the DW Stadium on 23 July for a fee of around £500,000.[8][9] The move reunited him with former Hamilton team-mate James McCarthy, who transferred to Wigan at the beginning of the 2009–10 season. On 31 January 2012, McArthur scored his first goal for Wigan in a 3–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, and followed it up two games later with a winning goal over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium in a game which finished 2–1 to Wigan. McArthur extended his contract with Wigan in May 2012, with the new deal due to run until 2016.[10] On 11 May 2013 McArthur won the FA Cup with Wigan, playing the whole game in an 1–0 upset win against Manchester City.[11] However, only three days later, Wigan were relegated from the Premier League following a 4–1 defeat against Arsenal.[12]

Wigan rejected a first offer of £5 million from Leicester City for McArthur in August 2014, but then accepted a proposed valuation of nearly £7 million.[13] A payment schedule was not agreed and the proposed transfer collapsed, with Leicester signing Esteban Cambiasso instead.[14] On the last day of the summer 2014 transfer window, Wigan accepted a £7 million offer from Crystal Palace for McArthur.[15]

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 1 September 2014, McArthur signed a three year contract with Crystal Palace after joining from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.[16] McArthur scored his first goal for Palace on 13 December, in a 1–1 draw against Stoke.[17]

International career[edit]

James McArthur playing for Scotland against Brazil in March 2011

He was called up to the Scotland under-21 squad in February 2008.[18] He made his debut against Ukraine that month[19] and his competitive debut against Lithuania in a UEFA qualifier in August 2008.[20]

On 16 November 2010, McArthur made his senior international debut as a second-half substitute for Charlie Adam against the Faroe Islands.[21]

On 9 February 2011, he was called up as a replacement for Scott Brown in a Nations Cup match against Northern Ireland in which he scored a goal from just inside the box, chipping the ball over goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey and into the top corner.[22]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 February 2011 Aviva Stadium, Dublin  Northern Ireland 2–0 3–0 2011 Nations Cup

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 16 December 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hamilton Academical 2004–05[23] Scottish First Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2005–06[24] Scottish First Division 20 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 27 1
2006–07[25] Scottish First Division 36 1 1 1 1 0 1[a] 0 39 2
2007–08[26] Scottish First Division 34 5 3 0 4 1 0 0 41 6
2008–09[27] Scottish Premier League 37 2 1 0 3 0 41 2
2009–10[28] Scottish Premier League 35 1 2 0 1 0 38 1
Total 168 10 12 1 11 1 1 0 192 12
Wigan Athletic 2010–11[29] Premier League 18 0 3 0 3 0 24 0
2011–12[30] Premier League 31 3 1 0 1 0 33 3
2012–13[31] Premier League 34 3 5 1 1 0 40 4
2013–14[32] Championship 41 4 5 0 0 0 5[b] 0 3[c] 0 54 4
2014–15[33] Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 129 11 14 1 5 0 5 0 3 0 156 12
Crystal Palace 2014–15[33] Premier League 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Career totals 306 22 26 2 16 1 5 0 4 0 356 25
  1. ^ Appearance in Scottish League Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ One appearance in FA Community Shield, two in Football League Championship play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 19 September 2014.[34]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2010 1 0
2011 4 1
2012 3 0
2013 7 0
2014 1 0
Total 16 1

Honours[edit]

Hamilton Academical
Wigan Athletic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2010 and 31/07/2010". The FA. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 553. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "James McArthur". Youth Football Scotland. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Aberdeen 1 Accies 0". Hamilton Academical F.C. 2 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Dorrans and McDonald on shortlist". BBC Sport. 7 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Hamilton Accies' James McArthur to visit Wigan". BBC Sport (BBC). 4 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "James McArthur completes move from Hamilton to Wigan". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 July 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10429~2100292,00.html
  10. ^ "Wigan extend contract of Scotland midfielder James McArthur". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 May 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Man City 0 - 1 Wigan". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Arsenal 4 - 1 Wigan". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "James McArthur: Leicester set to sign Wigan Athletic midfielder". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "James McArthur: Leicester move for Wigan midfielder collapses". BBC Sport (BBC). 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Transfer deadline day: Crystal Palace to sign Wigan's McArthur". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "James McArthur: Eagles Make Deadline Day Swoop For McArthur". Crystal Palace Football Club (Crystal Palace Football Club). 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Oscroft, Tim (13 December 2014). "Crystal Palace 1–1 Stoke". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Double International Call Up". Hamilton Academical F.C. 1 February 2008. 
  19. ^ "McArthur Earns First Cap". Hamilton Academical F.C. 7 February 2008. 
  20. ^ "McArthur plays in u21s win". Hamilton Academical F.C. 21 August 2008. 
  21. ^ McDaid, David (16 November 2010). "Scotland 3–0 Faroe Islands". BBC News. 
  22. ^ "Comfortable Carling Nations Cup win for Scotland". scottishfa.co.uk. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by James McArthur in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  33. ^ a b "Games played by James McArthur in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "James McArthur". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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