Jay Spearing

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Jay Spearing
Jay Spearing.jpg
Spearing playing for Liverpool in 2012
Personal information
Full name Jay Francis Spearing[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-25) 25 November 1988 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Wallasey, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 6
Youth career
1997–2008 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Liverpool 30 (0)
2010 Leicester City (loan) 9 (1)
2012–2013 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 37 (2)
2013– Bolton Wanderers 48 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 19 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jay Francis Spearing (born 25 November 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for and is the captain of Bolton Wanderers.

Career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Reserves (2007–2010)[edit]

Raised in Wallasey, Merseyside,[1] Spearing was the captain of the Liverpool Under 18s who won the FA Youth Cup in 2007. He featured the previous season in the final against Manchester City, but missed the majority of the season due to a broken leg. Spearing was promoted to Melwood in the summer of 2007, to train with the Liverpool first team, after impressing in the club's Academy. He had been involved with his boyhood club since he was seven years old. He was voted the best player in the Torneo di Renate, a competition for under-20 sides, competing against clubs such as A.C. Milan and Parma. He was also part of the Reserve side which won the Premier Reserve League in the 2007–08 season.[2]

2008–09 season[edit]

Spearing made his competitive first team debut on 9 December 2008, coming on as a substitute in a 3–1 UEFA Champions League win against PSV Eindhoven.[3] Spearing also appeared in the Reds' 4–0 win over Real Madrid in the second round of the Champions League.

On 31 March 2009, Rafael Benítez announced that he would be offering Spearing a new contract, alongside fellow home-grown youngster Stephen Darby. On 6 July 2009 Spearing agreed to a new three-year contract with Liverpool.

Loan move to Leicester City[edit]

Spearing playing for Leicester City against Cardiff City on 30 March 2010

On 22 March 2010, Liverpool confirmed Spearing would join Championship club Leicester City on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season, linking up with former Liverpool reserve team mate Jack Hobbs.[4] His debut came two days later, starting in the Foxes' 2–1 Championship loss to Reading. His last game for Leicester was on 12 May in the Championship Play-off semi-final, with Leicester winning 3–2, but it wasn't enough to reach the final. He made nine appearances for Leicester and scored his only goal for the club in the 4–1 home win against Watford.

2010–11 season[edit]

He was included in Liverpool's 21-man squad for the 2010–11 Premier League season. Spearing started and played the full 90 minutes in the opening leg of Liverpool's UEFA Europa League qualifier against Rabotnicki, and came on as a substitute at Anfield in the second leg. On 16 September, he again played the full 90 minutes in the Reds' opening group game against Steaua Bucaresti, his first ever start at Anfield, setting up David N'Gog for the fourth and final goal as Liverpool won 4–1. On 22 September, he was involved in Liverpool's shock League Cup third round exit to League Two side Northampton Town; Liverpool losing 4–2 on penalties after a 2–2 draw. On 21 October, he played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's third group stage tie, a 0–0 draw with a Napoli side who had former Liverpool left-back Andrea Dossena. He was an unused substitute in Liverpool's 1–0 Premier League win against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on 31 October. Spearing came on in the 90th minute of Liverpool's 2–0 victory over Chelsea on 7 November 2010, instantly making an impact by playing a through ball to assist a Maxi Rodríguez effort. On 20 November, it was reported that Spearing had broken his ankle in training and would be out for up to six weeks. Spearing made his first appearance of 2011 against Everton on 16 January. In the post-match interview, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish praised the young midfielder and joked that Steven Gerrard may never get into the first team again.[5] On 20 March, Spearing started another league game away to Sunderland. Spearing won a penalty, which was converted by Dirk Kuyt to put Liverpool 1–0 up and was generally praised for his great performance.

Spearing then went on the secure a first team berth with the absence of Steven Gerrard and out of favour Christian Poulsen. For the remnants of the Premier League season, he formed an excellent midfield partnership with the resurgent Lucas Leiva. Against Arsenal on 17 April, Spearing gave away a 98th minute penalty which Robin Van Persie scored to make the game 1–0. The match finished 1–1. Despite this, Spearing won the MOTM award from Sky Sports TV and was praised after the game for his determination, work-rate and battling performance; traits that epitomised his successful run in the starting eleven. He received the journalists' MOTM award on the official Liverpool website 3 times during the season.

In May 2011 the club announced that he had extended his contract,[6] and as a result of wide critical acclaim for his sterling performances for Liverpool, Spearing was included in England U21's provisional 40-man-squad for the 2011 Summer U21 European Championship, with fellow Liverpool player Andy Carroll.[7]

2011–12 season[edit]

Spearing during pre-season training

For 2011–12 season, Jay Spearing wore the number 20, with his old number 26 being registered to Charlie Adam.[8] Despite his highly-praised performances at the end of last season, Spearing immediately fell down the pecking order in Liverpool's midfield after the arrival of midfielders Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. On 20 July 2011, it was widely reported that Spearing would consider an option to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan but the club rejected their approach, stating that Spearing was in their plans. Spearing later dismissed the rumour saying he was willing to fight for his place in the starting XI.[9] He made his first start of the season against Exeter City in the League Cup on 24 August 2011. The result ended in a 3–1 victory for Liverpool. Though by his own admission he had not featured as much as he would have liked in the opening months of the season, he continued to impress when called upon, with Kenny Dalglish calling his performance in the 2–0 win against Chelsea in the League Cup "superb". Spearing was sent off for the first time in his professional career during Liverpool's 1–0 loss to Fulham on 5 December.

2012–13 season[edit]

New manager Brendan Rodgers described Spearing as a "very good player with great qualities" who has "The soul of the club in his heart".[10] He started the first competitive game of the season in the Europa League qualifier against FC Gomel, playing the full 90 minutes, and made a substitute appearance in the return leg at Anfield. His final appearance of the season for Liverpool came as a start in the 1–0 victory against Hearts in a Europa League qualifier on 23 August 2012.

Loan move to Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Spearing joined Championship side Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan deal.[11] His debut came a day later in Bolton's 3–1 defeat against Hull City.[12] He scored his first goal for Bolton on 20 October as Bolton beat Bristol City 3–2, in which he scored Bolton's second goal, an equaliser.[13] Whilst at Bolton, Spearing became a fan favourite due to his consistency and bulldog-like performances in midfield.[14] On 25 April 2013, Spearing was named the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association (BWSA) player of the season.[14] This was followed on 20 May with him being named the club's player of the season.[15]

Return to Liverpool[edit]

At the conclusion of Bolton's season in the Championship, Spearing returned to Anfield.[16] Although he did not feature in any of the club's remaining fixtures, he was present in the guard of honour for the retiring Jamie Carragher in the last game of the Premier League season against QPR.[17]

In July 2013, a 1.75 million pounds bid was submitted by Championship side Blackburn Rovers for Spearing,[18] which was subsequently accepted by Liverpool.[19] However, the Rovers failed to agree terms with Spearing and the deal fell through.[20][21]

Spearing featured in Liverpool's first pre-season friendly of the summer against Preston North End[22] and was also included in the squad for the club's Summer Tour.[23] In August 2013, Spearing was told by the club that he is free to leave Liverpool,[24] and Liverpool entered talks with Bolton for a possible transfer back to the Reebok.[25]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 8 August 2013, it was announced that a deal was struck between Liverpool and Bolton subject to a medical on the same afternoon. It was confirmed on the 9 August that Spearing had agreed a four year deal for an undisclosed fee[26][27][28] and he made his debut the following day in the 1–1 home draw against Reading, in which he got Man of the Match.

In September 2013, he was handed the captaincy at Bolton, usually whenever Zat Knight found himself out of the first eleven, although he retained the armband when Knight returned to the team with both in the starting line up. On 26 July 2014 the club confirmed that Spearing would succeed Knight as captain.[29]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral and attended St. George's Primary School and The Mosslands School in Wallasey, United Kingdom. He and his girlfriend Jade have a daughter, Freya, who was born in Autumn 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 April 2014.
England
Season Club Loan Division League FA Cup League Cup Play-offs Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2008–09 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
2009–10 Premier League 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
2009–10 Leicester City Loan Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 1 0 0
2010–11 Liverpool Premier League 11 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 20 0 0 0
2011–12 Premier League 16 0 4 0 5 0 25 0 1 1
2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0
Liverpool Total 30 0 4 0 8 0 0 0 13 0 55 0 1 1
2012–13 Bolton Wanderers Loan Championship 37 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 39 2 0 0
2013–14 Bolton Wanderers Championship 41 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 2 8 0
2014–15 Bolton Wanderers Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 115 5 7 0 8 0 2 0 13 0 145 5 9 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Liverpool

Winner

Runner Up

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 388. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Jay Spearing". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "PSV 1 – Liverpool 3: match report". Liverpoolfc.com. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  4. ^ Hunter, Steve (22 March 2010). "Starlet set for Foxes". www.Liverpoolfc.tv (Liverpool F.C.). Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Rice, Jimmy (21 January 2011). "Kenny on derby, owners & Jay". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jay Spearing earns new Liverpool contract". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Spearing gets England call – Liverpool FC
  8. ^ Jordan and Adam numbers set – Liverpool FC
  9. ^ Wolves eye Jay Spearing loan move « Express & Star
  10. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2012/07/09/brendan-rodgers-jay-spearing-has-the-soul-of-liverpool-fc-in-his-heart-video-100252-31357504/
  11. ^ "Spearing leaves on loan". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  12. ^ BBC Sport – Hull City 3–1 Bolton
  13. ^ "Bolton 3 Bristol City 2: Late Petrov winner completes stunning Trotters comeback". Daily Mail (London). 
  14. ^ a b Marc Iles. "VOTE NOW for your Bolton Wanderers player of the season". The Bolton News. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.burndenaces.co.uk/2013/05/04/201213-bwfc-player-of-the-season-jay-spearing.html
  16. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/blood-red-jay-spearing-returns-3572003
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22499180
  18. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-transfer-news-jay-spearing-2036660
  19. ^ http://www.caughtoffside.com/2013/07/09/liverpool-agree-1-75m-fee-with-blackburn-rovers-for-midfielder-jay-spearing/
  20. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23471487
  21. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-flop-jay-spearing-turns-2053605
  22. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/live/match/286995/commentary
  23. ^ http://www.lfctour.com/news/latest-news/rodgers-names-28-man-tour-squad
  24. ^ http://www.eyefootball.com/news/15002/Jay-Spearing-to-swap-Liverpool-for-Bolton.html
  25. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23576928
  26. ^ "Wanderers confirm signing of Jay Spearing from Liverpool" – The Bolton News
  27. ^ "Spearing completes Bolton switch" – Liverpool F.C.
  28. ^ "Jay's back" – Bolton Wanderers F.C.
  29. ^ http://www.bwfc.co.uk/news/article/jay-spearing-officially-announced-as-new-club-captain-26.7.14-1783426.aspx
  30. ^ http://www.lfchistory.net/SeasonArchive/Game/5322
  31. ^ http://www.lfchistory.net/SeasonArchive/Game/5325

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Zat Knight
Bolton Wanderers F.C. captain
2014–
Succeeded by