James Beattie (footballer)
|Full name||James Scott Beattie|
|Date of birth||27 February 1978|
|Place of birth||Lancaster, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2011||→ Blackpool (loan)||9||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Lancaster, Lancashire, he came through the ranks at Blackburn Rovers, eventually signing professionally for them in 1995. Beattie then went on to have spells at Southampton, Everton, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Rangers, and a short spell on loan at Blackpool, before eventually returning to Sheffield United for a second term. When signed by Everton, and for his first spell at Sheffield United, he commanded the highest fee ever paid for a player by each club at that time.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Managerial career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Honours
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Born in Lancaster, Lancashire, Beattie attended St Francis C of E Primary School, Blackburn then Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, then an independent school (now a Free School) in Blackburn, Lancashire. He was a gifted swimmer, rated second in the country at the 100 metres freestyle, but he dropped swimming in favour of football after damaging the cartilage tissue on his shoulder.
He went on to represent his school, and play for Blackburn Schools, before joining Blackburn Rovers as a trainee on 7 March 1995.
He made his professional début for Blackburn Rovers in October 1996, in a 2–0 home defeat against Arsenal. He had made only seven first-team appearances, and had yet to score a goal, when, in the 1998 close season, he was transferred to Southampton.
He joined Southampton in July 1998 valued at £1 million, as a make-weight part of the deal that took Kevin Davies to Ewood Park for £7 million. Beattie's initial impact was curtailed by a series of injuries, but in November 2000 he began a long goalscoring run. After 18 months without a goal, he scored ten in ten games, lifting Southampton into a comfortable position, and securing their place in the Premier League for the next season. His form then deserted him once again, and he scored only two goals during the remainder of the season.
Beattie was awarded a new four-year contract in March 2001. But he failed to score in the remainder of the 2000–01 season, or in the first five Premier League games of the next – a run that eventually totalled 17 games. He returned to scoring form at the end of September 2001, and he ended the 2001–02 season with an impressive total of 14, despite a two-month spell on the sidelines, the result of an ankle injury which he sustained in a match against Manchester United in January 2002.
In the 2002–03 season, Beattie scored 23 league goals, making him the third-highest Premiership goalscorer (and the highest English goalscorer) for that season. His fine form helped Southampton reach the 2003 FA Cup Final, their first since victory in 1976. Southampton lost 1–0 to Arsenal and Beattie had to settle for a runners-up medal.
Beattie found it difficult to settle at Everton, and, in only his fifth Premier League appearance for the club, he was sent off for a head butt on Chelsea defender William Gallas, leading to an automatic three-game suspension, and this, combined with a series of injuries, severely limited his contribution during what remained of the 2004–05 season.
2005–06 saw an improvement: Beattie was Everton's top scorer, with ten goals in the Premier League and one in a 2–1 home defeat against Villareal in the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League. (Villareal also won their own home leg 2–1, meaning Everton progressed no further.)
During the 2006–07 season, Beattie found himself peripheral to the plans of Everton boss David Moyes. He made 33 Premier League appearances, but 18 of them were from the substitutes' bench, and managed only two goals, the second of those coming in October, after which he failed to find the net again. Out of favour, it was reported that Blackburn Rovers were interested in signing him for a second spell, followed by news that Sheffield United were interested in securing his services.
At the start of August 2007, Beattie signed for Sheffield United in a deal worth £4 million, this being the biggest transfer fee ever paid by Sheffield United. In the first game of the new season, he scored on his Championship début for the Blades against Colchester United, and then continued in fine form, scoring regularly, and was named Championship player of the month for September.
Beattie scored a total of 22 goals in the Championship in the 2007–08 season. This made him the joint second-highest scorer in the division, alongside former Southampton team-mate Kevin Phillips of West Bromwich Albion, and one behind Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (who scored 11 for Plymouth Argyle and 12 for Wolverhampton Wanderers). He was named as the Blades' Player of the Year at the end of the season.
For the 2008–09 season, Beattie was allocated the number 9 shirt, which had been vacated by Rob Hulse on his move to Derby County, and continued his goal-scoring form, netting twelve times before the turn of the year.
With Sheffield United trying to reduce costs, Beattie returned to the Premier League in January 2009, after signing for Stoke City on a two-and-a-half-year deal for a fee that could eventually rise to £3.5 million. He made an immediate impact, scoring his first goal for Stoke in a 3–1 defeat at Spurs on 27 January 2009. He went on to score seven goals in all for Stoke that season, helping them retain their place in the Premier League.
Beattie didn't start the 2009–10 season very well: after a number of injuries hampered his pre-season training, he left the field of play against Chelsea on a stretcher after only 10 minutes, with fears of a suspected broken ankle, although x-rays revealed it to be no more than minor tissue damage. Beattie recovered, and won his place back in the side, surprisingly at the expense of a resurgent Dave Kitson, and had returned to scoring ways by October. However, a dressing-room altercation between Beattie and Pulis in December 2009 resulted in the striker falling out of favour.
Out of favour at Stoke, Beattie signed a two-year contract, with the option of a further year, with Scottish Premier League side Rangers for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2010 (said to be around £2 Million). Taking the number-19 shirt, Beattie became the club's first permanent signing in two years due to financial constraints. Beattie made his début for Rangers immediately after signing for the club, playing in their opening game in the Scottish Premier League against Kilmarnock.
Unfortunately, Beattie did not feature much for Rangers, and was restricted to only five league starts in the first half of the season, due to injuries and loss of form. Unable to hold down a place in the side, he was allowed to join Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. He made his full début for the Seasiders on 5 February 2011, in a 5–3 defeat by his old club Everton, and went on to play nine times for the club, but failed to find the net as they sunk to relegation from the Premier League. At the end of August 2011, Rangers terminated Beattie's contract.
Return to Sheffield United
In November 2011, Beattie began training with League One side Bournemouth, with manager Lee Bradbury keen to sign him. However, later that month, Beattie moved north to train with old club Sheffield United to allow manager Danny Wilson to assess his fitness. A few days later, Beattie duly re-signed for Sheffield on a short-term deal until mid-January 2012. He was handed the number-10 shirt and was quoted in an interview with the Yorkshire Post as saying that, "if things go well, the gaffer says that he would like to keep me, and I would be interested in staying until the end of the season at least", prompting speculation that he could sign a longer-term deal. Despite this, Beattie had to wait to make a first-team appearance due to a calf injury sustained during training, eventually making his second début for Sheffield on at the end of December 2011, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute against Notts County at Bramall Lane. By mid-January, with Beattie's deal set to expire, Danny Wilson confirmed that he would be offered an extension, hopefully keeping him at the club until the end of the season. With his future in Sheffield still in doubt, Beattie was given a straight red card for violent conduct at Charlton Athletic, after only coming on as a substitute a few minutes earlier. Despite this disciplinary issue, it was agreed to extend his deal until the end of the season. Beattie was largely used as a substitute for the rest of his stay until he was released in May 2012 as Sheffield failed to clinch promotion.
Beattie joined Football League Two side Accrington Stanley on 9 November 2012 in a player/coach role. He made his debut on 16 November, when he came on as a 79th-minute substitute for Will Hatfield in a 1–1 draw at Barnet. On 20 November 2012, he scored a 9th-minute penalty in Stanley's 3–1 win away at Fleetwood Town, ending a 1130-day run of not having scored in a first team match. He scored another penalty in Stanley's next match against Gillingham. Following the departure of manager Leam Richardson, Beattie expressed an interest in taking the position.
Beattie earned his first senior England cap in a friendly against Australia, on 12 February 2003, during his most successful season with Southampton. It was just 15 days before his 25th birthday. Australia won the game 3–1, and the result was described (by the Australian media) as "one of the biggest upsets in soccer history". Beattie played the whole of the first half of the game, and was replaced at half-time by Francis Jeffers, who scored England's consolation goal.
Beattie's brief international career seemed to have come to a close when he was not selected for Euro 2004, the England team coach Sven-Göran Eriksson preferring Emile Heskey as the "traditional" centre forward despite his having scored five fewer goals than Beattie in the previous season.
On 16 June 2015, Beattie was appointed as a first team coach at Swansea City, coaching the team's forwards. He joined former teammate Garry Monk's coaching staff. In December 2015, following Monk's dismissal as manager, Beattie left Swansea City.
Beattie is married with three children.
- As of 27 April 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Blackburn Rovers||1996–97||Premier League||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Stoke City||2008–09||Premier League||16||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||16||7|
|Rangers||2010–11||Scottish Premier League||7||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||10||0|
|Blackpool (loan)||2010–11||Premier League||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|Sheffield United||2011–12||League One||18||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||19||0|
|Accrington Stanley||2012–13||League Two||25||6||2||1||0||0||0||0||27||7|
- As of 6 September 2014
|Accrington Stanley||13 May 2013||12 September 2014||58||16||16||26||27.59|
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