McFadden in 2009 pre-season for Birmingham City
|Full name||James Henry McFadden|
|Date of birth||14 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:09, 3 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
James Henry McFadden (born 14 April 1983 in Springburn, Glasgow) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership. McFadden was born and raised in Springburn, Glasgow. He attended Turnbull High School in Bishopbriggs.
McFadden started his career with Motherwell. He came to prominence in the 2002–03 season by scoring 19 goals and winning the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award. Everton signed McFadden for £1.25 million in 2003. He struggled to hold down a regular place in the Everton team and moved to Birmingham City for £5 million in January 2008. A serious injury meant that McFadden missed most of the 2010–11 season and Birmingham, who were relegated in his absence, decided not to renew his contract. McFadden signed for Everton on a free transfer in October 2011, after regaining his fitness, and spent three months with Sunderland in 2012 before returning to Motherwell.
McFadden was first capped by Scotland in 2002. As of October 2011, he has played 48 times for Scotland and scored 15 goals. His goal for Scotland in the Euro 2008 qualification match on 12 September 2007 against France in the Parc des Princes is regarded as one of Scotland's most famous goals.
Motherwell (first spell)
Born in Springburn, Glasgow, McFadden joined the Motherwell youth system at a young age, making his first-team debut when he was 17 years old. He came to greater prominence during the 2002–03 Scottish Premier League (SPL) season, scoring 19 goals from 34 starts and winning the Young Player of the Year Award. This was in a season when Motherwell finished bottom of the SPL and should have been relegated but were given a reprieve due to First Division champions Falkirk not meeting stadium criteria. McFadden received some criticism for his lack of discipline, picking up fifteen yellow cards and one red during the campaign. His final game for Motherwell that season saw him score a hat-trick in a 6–2 defeat of Livingston at Fir Park.
Everton (first spell)
English Premier League club Everton signed McFadden in 2003 for £1.25 million. McFadden scored his debut goal for Everton during their 5–2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 1 January 2005, more than a year after joining the club. One week later, he scored his second goal in a third-round FA Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle.
During the 2005–06 season, McFadden was in and out of the Everton team as they struggled to re-capture their form of the previous season. On 11 March 2006, he scored with a 35-yard volley to help Everton to a 3–1 victory over Fulham. This scoring run of form continued the next week against Aston Villa, a half-volley from just outside the area helping the Toffees to a 4–1 victory. He ended the season with seven goals.
McFadden made an indifferent start to the 2006–07 season, following the arrival of record signing Andrew Johnson, managing only two goals in the first half of the campaign. On 24 January 2007, McFadden injured his fifth metatarsal during training for Everton. After nearly three months on the sidelines, he made a scoring return to action for Everton as a second-half substitute against Charlton Athletic on 15 April 2007. He scored a spectacular volley in injury time to secure a 2–1 win for the Toffees, a goal later voted goal of the season by the readers of SkySports.com.
In October 2007, McFadden scored a critical equalising goal in Everton's victory over Metalist Kharkiv in the UEFA Cup. He celebrated his goal against Middlesbrough on 2 January 2008, by pointing to his black armband and then to the sky, in tribute to former Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell, who had recently died.
On 18 January 2008, McFadden joined Birmingham City on a three-and-a-half-year deal, with an option for additional two years, for an initial fee of £5 million, potentially rising to £6m depending on appearances. His first goal came in his fourth game for the club, a penalty kick against West Ham United at Upton Park, after he had been fouled by Lucas Neill. In his next match, at home to Arsenal, he scored from a 20-yard free kick before adding the equalising goal from the penalty spot in the last minute of stoppage time.
His second season with Birmingham was hampered by a serious knee injury which stopped him playing as regularly as he had in his first season.
McFadden suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in August 2010. He returned to training in March, but suffered a setback that meant he did not play in the 2010–11 season. Following their relegation from the Premier League, Birmingham chose not to take up a two-year option on his contract but attempted to negotiate amended terms. No agreement was reached, and McFadden left Birmingham after his contract expired on 30 June 2011.
Everton (second spell)
After continuing to train with Birmingham over the summer to regain fitness, McFadden had a successful trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers in September, but he did not agree terms. In mid-October he was reported to be in talks with Celtic, but on 17 October, McFadden signed for Everton on a contract until the end of the 2011–12 season. He played in a reserve team match the following day, which was his first appearance since he injured his knee 13 months earlier, and made his second debut for the first team on 5 November as an 81st-minute substitute in a 2–1 defeat away to Newcastle United. He had to wait until April 2012 to make his first start on his return to the club as he played the first 64 minutes in a 4–0 league win over Sunderland. He was released from the club at the end of the season, having played in a total of eight first-team matches for the club during his short return.
McFadden trained with Motherwell during the 2012–13 pre-season. He played for Motherwell in a testimonial match for Steven Hammell on 21 July 2012, with Everton providing the opposition. There soon a transfer speculation came up when Manager Stuart McCall made approach to sign McFadden after spending weeks training with the club. However, the approach to sign McFadden was unsuccessful after failing to reach agreement between the two sides.
In September 2012, McFadden undertook a trial with Sunderland. On 26 October, he joined Sunderland on a short term, three-month, contract ending in January. He made his debut on 15 December in a 3–1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. He made his home debut on 12 January 2013 in a 3–0 win against West Ham United.
Motherwell (second spell)
After failing to earn a new deal at Sunderland, McFadden again trained with former club Motherwell. On 18 February 2013, McFadden returned to Fir Park, signing on until the end of the season. He made his first start on his return in a 2–1 win over Celtic. On Friday 15 March 2013, McFadden scored his first goal since returning in a 4–1 victory over Hibernian and also set up two goals during the match. His performance earned him the man of the match award. He then scored the late equaliser in a 2–2 draw against St. Mirren on 6 April 2013 and then on 5 May 2013, scored a brace despite losing 4–3 against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. At the end of the 2012–13 season, McFadden was offered a new contract, but his future remained uncertain.
At the start of pre-season training for the 2013–14 season, McFadden returned to the club and travelled with them to their training camp in Spain. In a 4–2 loss against Newcastle United in a friendly match, McFadden scored a penalty with an audacious chipped penalty down the centre of the goal, known as a Panenka. After the match, reports suggested that McFadden will stay at Motherwell on a one-year deal. It was then confirmed on 19 July 2013, that he had signed a new contract, which he described as "an easy decision for me to make".
At the start of the 2013–14 season, McFadden started his season in the right-wing position, but soon his form and fitness slumped, having scored once against Livingston in the last-16 of the Scottish League Cup. McFadden would also suffer back injury after it went stiff. McFadden returned and then scored his first league goal of the season, in a 4–3 win over Partick Thistle on 29 December 2013, followed up his second in the next game, in a 4–0 win over St. Johnstone. After those two matches, McFadden says his performance revived his form. McFadden scored and provided three assists, on 1 March 2014, as Motherwell beat Hearts. His fourth goal came on 22 March 2014, in a 2–1 win over Ross County.
At the end of the 2013–14 season, McFadden was released by the club after they decided not extend his contract, citing risk of McFadden's recurring injury problem. McFadden expressed his desire to sign a new contract two months ago.
On 1 October 2014, McFadden signed for St. Johnstone until the end of the 2014–15 season. He made his debut on 4 October 2014, in a 2–1 defeat against St. Mirren. On 22 November 2014, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–1 win against Ross County.
- As of 3 January 2015
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Motherwell||2000–01||Scottish Premier League||6||0||1||0||0||0||-||7||0|
|Birmingham City||2007–08||Premier League||12||4||0||0||0||0||-||12||4|
|Motherwell||2012–13||Scottish Premier League||13||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||5|
|St. Johnstone||2014–15||Scottish Premiership||8||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||10||2|
McFadden gained his first Scotland cap at the age of 19, on a Far East tour against South Africa, at the end of which a night out drinking caused him to miss his flight home. Despite his domestic performances he became a regular in Berti Vogts' Scotland set-up, scoring his first goal against the Faroe Islands during a 3–1 win in a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying match at Hampden Park on 6 September 2003.
He is also remembered for his goal against the Netherlands in November 2003 that gave Scotland a famous 1–0 victory. However, in September 2007, McFadden scored an even more significant goal in a 1–0 win over France in Paris during Scotland's dramatic but ultimately narrowly unsuccessful qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2008, and was on target again in the following game, a 3–1 win over Ukraine at Hampden Park in October. He was unable to score in the last match of the campaign against Italy in November 2007 at Hampden, which Scotland lost 2–1. He has become a cult hero for his country due to his consistent goal scoring exploits.. The winning goal in the September 2008 match against Iceland in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, scored on the rebound after McFadden's penalty kick was saved, was initially credited to McFadden, but in the official match report was awarded to Barry Robson. The SFA lobbied on McFadden's behalf, and in March 2009, FIFA re-credited the goal to him.
McFadden was substituted at half-time in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualification match against Liechtenstein in September 2010, and was criticised by manager Craig Levein after the game. McFadden suffered a serious injury soon afterwards, which has kept him out of international action since then. He criticised Levein in February 2012 for describing him as "lazy". In 2013, upon his move to Motherwell, new Scotland manager Gordon Strachan hinted that McFadden's Scotland career is far from finished and believes he still has a future with the national team.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1.||6 September 2003||Glasgow, Scotland||Faroe Islands||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|2.||15 November 2003||Glasgow, Scotland||Netherlands||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2004 play-off|
|3.||31 March 2004||Glasgow, Scotland||Romania||1–2||1–2||Friendly match|
|4.||27 May 2004||Tallinn, Estonia||Estonia||1–0||1–0||Friendly match|
|5.||3 September 2004||Valencia, Spain||Spain||1–0[A]||1–1||Friendly match|
|6.||17 November 2004||Edinburgh, Scotland||Sweden||1–3||1–4||Friendly match|
|7.||4 June 2005||Glasgow, Scotland||Moldova||2–0||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|8.||12 October 2005||Celje, Slovenia||Slovenia||2–0||3–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|9.||11 May 2006||Kobe, Japan||Bulgaria||3–1||5–1||Kirin Cup|
|10.||2 September 2006||Glasgow, Scotland||Faroe Islands||2–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|11.||8 September 2007||Glasgow, Scotland||Lithuania||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|12.||12 September 2007||Paris, France||France||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|13.||13 October 2007||Glasgow, Scotland||Ukraine||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|14.||10 September 2008||Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||2–0||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|15.||5 September 2009||Glasgow, Scotland||Macedonia||2–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
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