Vardy training with Leicester City in 2013
|Full name||Jamie Richard Vardy|
|Date of birth||11 January 1987|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2003–2007||Stocksbridge Park Steels|
|2007–2010||Stocksbridge Park Steels||107||(66)|
|2010–2011||FC Halifax Town||41||(29)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:01, 25 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
After being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the age of sixteen, Vardy began his senior career with Stocksbridge Park Steels, breaking into the first team in 2007, where he spent three seasons before joining Northern Premier League side Halifax Town in 2010. Scoring 27 goals in his debut season, he won the club's "Player's Player of the Year" award. He started the 2011–12 season with Halifax but moved to Conference Premier side Fleetwood Town in August 2011 for an undisclosed fee. He scored 31 league goals for Fleetwood in 2011–12, winning the club's "Player of the Year" award, his second personal honour in two seasons, helping Fleetwood to the Conference Premier title. In May 2012, he signed for Leicester City in the Football League Championship for a non-league record transfer fee of £1 million.
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Vardy started his career with the Stocksbridge Park Steels youth system at 16 years old after being released by Sheffield Wednesday. He made his way through the reserve team and into the first team making his debut under manager Gary Marrow in 2007. After impressive displays, a number of Football League teams became interested and in 2009 he spent a week on trial with Crewe Alexandra. But a move did not materialise and he later turned down a short term contract with Rotherham United.
FC Halifax Town
In June 2010 it was announced that manager Neil Aspin, a long time admirer of Vardy's talents, had signed him for F.C. Halifax Town. He made his debut on 21 August 2010 in the home game against Buxton, scoring the winning goal in a game that ended 2–1 to his new club. Vardy had a successful first season with the Shaymen finishing as the club's top goalscorer with 27 goals and being voted the Player's Player of the Season. Towards the end of the season he came close to scoring a hat-trick of hat-tricks but failed to find a third goal in Halifax's 3–1 win over Nantwich Town. His goals helped secure the Northern Premier League title for the 2010–11 season. Vardy started the 2011/12 season with Halifax and scored 3 goals in the opening 4 games of the season, including a fine goal to cap off a good year with the Shaymen.
After just over a year with Halifax, and having scored 3 goals in the first 4 games of the 2011–12 season, Vardy signed for Conference Premier side Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee. He made his début the same day in a 0–0 draw with York City. He scored his first goals for the club in his third game, scoring twice in a 3–2 win away to Kettering Town on 3 September 2011. The following week he scored another two goals against Gateshead at Highbury Stadium, including a late goal in the 5th minute of stoppage time of the second half. He scored twice for a third consecutive match when on 17 September 2011 in the 3–1 away win against Ebbsfleet United, but did not score again for just over a month until he scored a hat-trick in the away match against Alfreton Town on 18 September 2011. At this point Fleetwood Town were contenders for the title and were the only team within reasonable reach of overtaking Wrexham. Vardy scored twice in the next league game against Bath City, which finished 4–1 on 22 October 2011. Fleetwood had qualified for the FA Cup first round proper which they played at home against Wycombe Wanderers and Vardy scored in a 2–0 victory on 12 November booking a spot in the second round for the second time in the club's history. He scored in the following three league matches, which included the 2–1 away win against Luton Town on 5 November 2011, the 2–1 home win against Stockport County in front of a then record league attendance of 3,021, and a 1–1 draw away against Gateshead, making it five league matches in a row in which Vardy had scored.
At this point in the season Vardy was the third highest goalscorer in the league. He won the Conference Premier player of the month award for November. Fleetwood were held to a 2–2 draw at home against Yeovil Town and earned a trip to Somerset for the replay which was to be televised. The following day the draw for the third round put the victor of the replay at home against Fleetwood's much higher placed local neighbours and rivals Blackpool. Fleetwood got an early lead in the replay on 13 December 2011 thanks to Jamie McGuire in the first half and, although Yeovil kept pressing for an equaliser the rest of the match, in the second minute of stoppage time, after nearly conceding an equaliser, Vardy scored for Fleetwood securing the team's place in the third round for the first time ever.
The following calendar year started in the same fashion for Vardy, his next two goals coming in the 6–0 win away to Southport on New Year's Day 2012. The following week on 7 January 2012 Fleetwood played in front of a record home crowd of 5,092 in the FA Cup against Blackpool, but let in five goals during the match and exited the FA Cup, although Vardy scored a consolation goal. This ultimately led to Blackpool making a £700,000 offer for Vardy which was turned down by Fleetwood. Both manager Micky Mellon and chairman Andy Piley expressed that they wanted Vardy to stay for at least the remainder of the season to aid the club with promotion and would not be transferred during the January transfer window. He scored two more goals at home against Barrow in a 4–1 revenge attack on 10 January 2012. He scored the equaliser in the 2–2 home game against Tamworth on 4 February 2012. Further goals followed against Ebbsfleet United on 21 February 2012 and AFC Telford United on 17 March 2012 culminating in 2 goals against Lincoln City on 13 April 2012. The next day Fleetwood were confirmed as champions and gained promotion to the Football League. On 6 May 2012 Vardy was voted player of the season.
On 17 May 2012, it was announced that Vardy would be signing for Leicester City ahead of the 2012–13 season, for a reported fee of £1 million, a non-League record, which could potentially be worth up to £1.7 million with add ons. On 18 May 2012, Vardy signed for Leicester on a three-year contract until June 2015. On 14 August 2012, Vardy made his debut for Leicester against Torquay United in the League Cup, scoring the final goal in a 4–0 win. He scored his first league goal in a 2–1 away defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 25 August. Vardy's first season at the club was marred by his own loss of form, prompting criticism from some City supporters on social media, and he even considered leaving football until manager Nigel Pearson and assistant manager Craig Shakespeare convinced him to continue with the club.
The following season brought a turn around in Vardy's fortunes as he established himself as a prolific scorer in the Leicester attack as the club took a commanding lead at the top of the table. Vardy scored and won a penalty as Leicester beat high flying local rivals Derby County 4–1 on 10 January 2014 and reaffirmed their position at the top of the Championship. Vardy finished the season with 16 league goals as Leicester were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season as champions, and was named Leicester's Players' Player of the season at the club's awards.
On 19 August 2014, Vardy extended his contract until the summer of 2018. After missing the first two games of the season through injury, he made his Premier League debut on 31 August 2014, as a second half substitute in a 1–1 draw at home to Arsenal. On 21 September, Vardy delivered a man of the match performance by scoring his first Premier League goal and setting up the other four as Leicester made a surprise comeback from 3–1 down to a 5–3 victory against Manchester United.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|FC Halifax Town||2011–12||Conference North||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||3|
|Fleetwood Town||2011–12||Conference Premier||36||31||4||3||0||0||0||0||40||34|
- Fleetwood Town
- Leicester City
- Conference Premier Player of the Month (1): November 2011
- Conference Premier Top goalscorer (1): 2011–12
- Leicester City Players' Player of the Season (1): 2013–14
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