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|Full name||James Reynolds McAllister|
|Date of birth||26 April 1978|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Current club||Yeovil Town|
|1996–1999||Queen of the South||31||(0)|
|2004–2006||Heart of Midlothian||47||(0)|
|2012||→ Preston North End (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:14, 8 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
James Reynolds "Jamie" McAllister (born 26 April 1978 in Glasgow) is a Scottish international professional footballer who plays for Football League Championship side Yeovil Town. He plays usually as a left back.
McAllister signed an "S" form with Motherwell Boys Club, before being released from his contract by then Motherwell manager Alex McLeish. McAllister then joined Bellshill Boys Club where he played alongside David Lilley.
Queen of the South
McAllister began his senior career in 1996 by signing for Dumfries club Queen of the South with new chairman Norman Blount getting the wheels moving on the club's revival. At Palmerston Park McAllister and Lilley became team mates again.
In 1997 the club reached the Scottish Challenge Cup final for the first time. Second division Queen of the South lost 1–0 to First division Falkirk despite a rousing Queens display at Motherwell's Fir Park Stadium; a performance that included the man of the match award going to Queens veteran central midfield playmaker Tommy Bryce and an early career appearance for McAllister as substitute. A late chance for a Derek Townsley equaliser went agonisingly over for Queens.
McAllister became one of the most sought after players in the lower leagues and was courted by several Scottish Premier League clubs before leaving at the end of the season in 1999.
Ebbe Skovdahl signed him for Aberdeen for a fee of £85,000 with further add ons as he made more appearances, resulting in a final fee of over £100,000. Lilley became his team mate at the third successive club. He scored once during his spell in Aberdeen, his strike coming in a 2-0 Scottish Cup win over his future club Livingston on 26 January 2002.
In June 2003 Livingston signed McAllister on a free transfer after competition from English clubs. It was in this spell at the West Lothian club that he regained his form and won a deserved call up from Berti Vogts for the International friendly match against Trinidad & Tobago. It was also during his spell at Livingston that he won the Scottish League Cup after a 2–0 victory over Hibernian in which he scored the second goal in the final. His only other goal for Livingston came in a 3-1 league win against Motherwell on 14 February 2004.
At the end of the 2003–04 season McAllister's contract expired and he agreed a two-year deal to sign for Heart of Midlothian. During his spell at Tynecastle he was mainly used as a squad player, due to the outstanding form of Takis Fyssas and the signing of Jose Goncalves.
In January 2006, McAllister agreed a two-year contract extension; however he was soon dissatisfied with his peripheral status at the club, particularly after the appointment of Valdas Ivanauskas as Hearts manager in April. McAllister scored twice during his spell at Hearts with both goals coming in the Scottish Cup. His first came in the 2004/05 season against former club Livingston, and his second came the following season against Kilmarnock.
In his second season McAllister was a mainstay of the team that made it to the final of the Championship play-offs. On 24 May 2008 Hull City defeated Bristol City 1–0 to reach the English Premier League with a goal from Dean Windass after 38 minutes.
On 10 March 2009 he scored his first goal in over a year with a curling effort from the edge of the box against Coventry City.
Having been released by Bristol City at the end of the 2011–12 season, McAllister signed for Football League One side Yeovil Town on a two-year contract linking up with former manager Gary Johnson. McAllister captained his Yeovil side to victory in the 2013 League One play-off Final and promotion to the Football League Championship for the first time in the club's history.
|1||30 May 2004||Trinidad and Tobago||Scotland 4–1 Trinidad & Tobago||Challenge match|
On 2 October 2008, McAllister was recalled to the Scotland squad by manager George Burley for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Norway. On 17 March 2009, McAllister was called up to the Scotland squad for their World Cup qualifying double-header against Holland and Iceland.
Hearts of Midlothian
Queen of the South
- Jamie McAllister interview on www.qosfc.com
- "Club History" on the official Queen of the South website
- Tommy Bryce profile on "Queens Legends" on the official Queen of the South FC website
- McALLISTER WANTS TO EXORCISE GHOSTS
- "Dons end Livi hoodoo". BBC. 26 January 2002. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- "Livi snap up McAllister" BBC Sport website (28 June 2003)
- "Livingston lift CIS Cup". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 March 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "Livingston 3 Motherwell 1". motherwell-mad.co.uk. 14 February 2004. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- "McAllister joins Hearts". BBC Sport. 3 June 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Hearts 2-1 Livingston". BBC. 27 February 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- "Hearts 2-1 Kilmarnock". BBC. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- "James Hayter and Jamie McAllister join Yeovil Town". BBC Sport. 28 June 2012.
- "Brentford 1–2 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Hutton and Teale earn Scotland recalls for World Cup qualifiers". guardian.co.uk. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Bristol City's McAllister proud to be called up by Scotland". thisisbristol.co.uk. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2012.