Jamie Vardy

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Jamie Vardy
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Vardy playing for Fleetwood Town in 2012
Personal information
Full name Jamie Richard Vardy[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 9
Youth career
2002 Sheffield Wednesday
2003–2007 Stocksbridge Park Steels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Stocksbridge Park Steels 107 (66)
2010–2011 FC Halifax Town 41 (29)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town 36 (31)
2012– Leicester City 63 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:36, 1 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jamie Richard Vardy (born 11 January 1987) is an English footballer who plays for Leicester City. He plays as a striker, but can also play as a winger.

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.

Career[edit]

Stocksbridge Park Steels[edit]

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.[3] He made his way through the reserve team and into the first team making his debut under manager Gary Marrow in 2007.[4] After impressive displays a number of Football League teams became interested and in 2009 he spent a week on trial with Crewe Alexandra.[5] But a move did not materialise and he later turned down a short term contract with Rotherham United.[6]

FC Halifax Town[edit]

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.[7] He made his debut on 21 August 2010 in the home game against Buxton, he scored the winning goal in a game that ended 2–1 to his new club.[8] 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' 3–1 win over Nantwich Town.[9] His goals helped secure the Northern Premier League title for the 2010–11 season.[10] 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.

Fleetwood Town[edit]

After just over one year with Halifax, and having scored 3 goals in the first 4 games of the 2011/12 season, Vardy signed for Conference National side Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee.[11] He made his début the same day in a 0–0 draw with York City.[12] He scored his first goals for the club on his third game, scoring a brace against Kettering Town away on 3 September 2011 helping the club win 3–2. The following week he scored another two goals against Gateshead at Highbury Stadium including a late goal in the 5th minute of extra time of the second half. He made it a third consecutive match when he scored on 17 September 2011 in the 3–1 away win against Ebbsfleet United. He didn't score again for just over a month when he scored a hat-trick in the away match against Alfreton Town on 18 September 2011. At this point in the league Fleetwood Town were contenders for the title and were the only team within reasonable reach of overtaking Wrexham. He 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 which 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 with Vardy being voted fourth best player of the round. Vardy 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 one all draw away against Gateshead making it five league matches in a row which Vardy had scored in.

At this point in the season Vardy was the third highest goalscorer in the league. He won the Conference National player of the month for November.[13] 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 Yeovil kept on pressing for an equaliser the rest of the match, but just in the second minute of extra 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 came in the 6–0 hammering of Southport away 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. Unfortunately Fleetwood had let in five goals during the match and exited the FA Cup, however Vardy scored a consolation goal which 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 on 21 February 2012 and Telford on 17 March 2012 culminating in 2 goals against Lincoln on 13 April 2012. The very next day Fleetwood was confirmed champions of the conference national. On 6 May 2012 Vardy was voted player of the season.

Leicester City[edit]

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. Later that day it was revealed that the deal could potentially be worth up to £1.7 million with add ons.[14] On 18 May 2012, Vardy signed for Leicester on a three-year contract until June 2015.[15] 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. Vardy 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.[16] Vardy scored his first goal of the 2013–14 season on the opening day of the season in an away match against Middlesbrough. The 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.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 April 2014.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011–12 Fleetwood Town Conference Premier 36 31 4 3 0 0 0 0 40 34
2012–13 Leicester City Championship 26 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 29 5
2013–14 37 16 1 0 3 0 0 0 41 16
Leicester City Total 63 20 3 0 4 1 0 0 70 21

Career honours[edit]

Stocksbridge Park Steels
FC Halifax Town
Fleetwood Town

Leicester City

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Transferred Between 01/05/2012 and 31/05/2012". The Football Association. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile". F.C. Halifax Town. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jamie Vardy on Huddersfield's radar?". Vital Huddersfield. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Departure of Vardy". Look Local. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Vardy is on trial at Crewe". The Star (Sheffield). 21 January 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Halifax beat League clubs to land Vardy". The Star (Sheffield). 31 May 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Halifax Town: Aspin's excited about Vardy". Halifax Courier. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Match Update". F.C. Halifax Town. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Match Report". F.C. Halifax Town. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "A Season in Stats". Evo-Stick. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Vardy Joins Fleetwood". Football Conference. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Fleetwood Town 0–0 York City". BBC Sport. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Talk of the Town Vardy Takes November Honour". The Official Football Conference Website. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Bailey, Graeme. "Foxes agree record Vardy deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Jamie Vardy Signs For City". Leicester City. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Jamie Vardy: Leicester City striker's remarkable rise

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