Jon McCarthy

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Jon McCarthy
Personal information
Full name Jonathan David McCarthy[1]
Date of birth (1970-08-18) 18 August 1970 (age 46)[1]
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Chester (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1989 Hartlepool United 1 (0)
1989–1990 Shepshed Charterhouse
1990–1995 York City 199 (31)
1995–1997 Port Vale 94 (11)
1997–2002 Birmingham City 124 (8)
2002 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)
2002 Port Vale 8 (0)
2002 Doncaster Rovers 1 (0)
2002 York City 1 (0)
2002–2003 Carlisle United 21 (1)
2003–2004 Hucknall Town 34 (6)
2004–2007 Northwich Victoria 95 (1)
Total 582 (58)
National team
1996–1998 Northern Ireland B 2 (0)
1996–2001 Northern Ireland 18 (0)
Teams managed
2016 Chester (caretaker)
2016– Chester

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Jonathan David "Jon" McCarthy (born 18 August 1970) is a former professional footballer who played as a winger. He is manager of National League club Chester.

McCarthy played over 600 games in his career, many of which were in the Football League. Twice a Northern Ireland B international, he went on to win 18 senior caps for Northern Ireland. He began his career at Hartlepool United in 1987, before heading into the non-league scene with Shepshed Charterhouse in 1989. He returned to the professional game the following year after signing a contract with York City. He spent the next five years with the club, helping York to promotion via the play-offs in 1993, and twice being voted Clubman of the Year. In 1995 he joined Port Vale for a £450,000 fee. In his first year at Vale Park he was awarded the club's Player of the Year award, and also played in the Anglo-Italian Cup final.

In 1997 he was sold on to Birmingham City for £1.5 million. The highlight of a five-year injury-plagued stay in Birmingham would be a League Cup final appearance in 2001. The next year he was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday, before a return to Port Vale was followed by a brief spell with Doncaster Rovers and a cameo return at York City. Settling with Carlisle United, he left the Football League in 2003 to play for non-League Hucknall Town. Hucknall were crowned Northern Premier League Premier Division champions in 2003–04, and following this success he won a deal with Northwich Victoria. He helped the club to the Conference North title in 2005–06, before he retired in 2007. He was appointed as first team coach at Chester in January 2014, and after a brief spell as caretaker, became manager of the club in May 2016.

Club career[edit]

Born in Middlesbrough, McCarthy began his career with Hartlepool United on non-contract terms in November 1987 under manager John Bird, making his first-team debut at the age of 17 in the last game of the 1987–88 season.[2] He had a short spell outside of the professional game after joining Shepshed Charterhouse of the Northern Premier League in March 1989.[3] Bird persuaded McCarthy to join York City on a part-time contract in March 1990 and he made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Gillingham on 29 September.[2] While still studying at university he signed professional forms with York in March 1991.[4] He was named Clubman of the Year for 1991–92, after which he helped the club to promotion after winning the 1993 Football League Third Division play-off Final at the end of 1992–93.[5] York chairman Douglas Craig revealed the club had turned down a £150,000 offer from Bradford City for McCarthy, valuing him at at least three times that amount.[5] Following a 1994–95 season described as "superb" he was named Clubman of the Year a second time.[5] He played for York for five years and developed a reputation as one of the Football League's foremost right-sided wingers.[citation needed]

He was bought by John Rudge's Port Vale for a £450,000 fee in August 1995,[5] which at the time was York's record transfer fee received.[6] During his spell with Vale, McCarthy earned plaudits for his league performances and his display in the club's FA Cup tie against Everton.[7] He played in the 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup Final, as Vale lost 5–2 to Genoa.[8] He won the club's Player of the Year award in 1996.[8] He played over 100 games within two seasons at Vale Park before he was snapped up by Birmingham City in September 1997, who paid Vale a £1.5 million fee for him.[citation needed]

He helped Birmingham reach the First Division play-offs in 1998–99, but lost out to Watford after a penalty shoot-out.[7] They again reached the play-offs in 1999–2000, but McCarthy missed the semi-final defeat to Barnsley after breaking his leg.[7] After his recovery he played in the 2001 League Cup Final defeat against Liverpool.[9] Despite breaking his leg three times within five years as a Birmingham player,[10] he made well over 100 appearances for the club.[citation needed]

He had a one-month loan spell at fellow First Division side Sheffield Wednesday in April 2002.[11][12] Told he had no future at the club by manager and former teammate Steve Bruce, he left Birmingham on a free transfer.[13][14] In August 2002, McCarthy returned to previous club Vale, who were now in the Second Division.[citation needed] Two months later he was released by Vale[15] in the midst of a financial crisis[16] and moved on to Doncaster Rovers in the Third Division.[17] On 7 November 2002, he was on the move again, re-joining York on non-contract terms after training with the club.[18] His fourth club in three months was Carlisle United, signing on a one-month contract on 29 November 2002.[19] He remained at Brunton Park for the rest of 2002–03, playing in the 2003 Football League Trophy Final.[citation needed] It was in this tournament that he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 win over Wrexham.[20] His only other goal for the club came in a 1–0 league win over Southend United.[21] However, after failing to agree terms with the club he was released in May 2003.[22]

In the 2003–04 season he teamed up with Steve Burr at Hucknall Town, helping them win the Northern Premier League Premier Division title, making 34 league appearances and scoring six goals.[23] He then followed Burr to Conference National outfit Northwich Victoria at the start of 2004–05.[24] He helped Northwich win the Conference North title in 2005–06, and therefore promotion back into the Conference National.[3] Despite working as a full-time teacher he still managed to play the majority of Northwich's games until the end of 2006–07,[25] at which point he retired from football.[26]

International career[edit]

Born and raised in England, McCarthy was eligible to represent Northern Ireland on the international stage through parentage, making his debut against Sweden in 1996 while with Port Vale.[5][27] He earned 18 caps for Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2001.[27] He was capped twice by the Northern Ireland B team, in 1996 and 1998.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2014, he was appointed as first-team coach at Conference Premier club Chester by manager Steve Burr.[28] He took over as caretaker manager with Ian Sharps as assistant after Burr was sacked on 7 April 2016,[29] and after three wins from four matches that ensured Chester's survival in the National League, signed a one-year contract as permanent manager in May.[30]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring, McCarthy started working for BBC Radio Stoke as a match day reporter for Port Vale in August 2007.[31] He then moved on to Birmingham Radio Station brmb as a commentator on Birmingham City matches with Tom Ross.[citation needed]

During his early 20s, he attained a degree in sports science from Nottingham Polytechnic.[7] After retiring he used that degree to take up a lecturing at Mid Cheshire College.[7] He is also a qualified UEFA A licence coach.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hartlepool United 1987–88[33] Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
York City 1990–91[34] Fourth Division 27 2 3 0 0 0 1[a] 1 31 3
1991–92[35] Fourth Division 42 6 3 1 2 1 2[a] 1 49 9
1992–93[36] Third Division 42 7 1 0 2 0 5[b] 0 50 7
1993–94[37] Second Division 44 7 2 1 2 0 5[c] 1 53 9
1994–95[38] Second Division 44 9 2 1 2 0 2[d] 0 50 10
Total 199 31 11 3 8 1 15 3 233 38
Port Vale 1995–96[39] First Division 45 7 6 1 2 0 8[e] 2 61 10
1996–97[40] First Division 45 4 1 0 6 2 52 6
1997–98[41] First Division 4 0 2 0 6 0
Total 94 11 7 1 10 2 8 2 119 16
Birmingham City 1997–98[41][42] First Division 41 4 3 0 44 4
1998–99[43] First Division 43 0 1 0 5 0 2[f] 0 51 0
1999–2000[44] First Division 21 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 25 4
2000–01[45] First Division 15 0 0 0 1 0 2[f] 0 18 0
2001–02[46] First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 124 8 4 0 10 0 4 0 142 8
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2001–02[46] First Division 4 0 4 0
Port Vale 2002–03[47] Second Division 8 0 1 0 9 0
Doncaster Rovers 2002–03[47] Football Conference 1 0 0 0 1 0
York City 2002–03[47] Third Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Carlisle United 2002–03[47] Third Division 21 1 2 0 4[d] 1 27 2
Hucknall Town 2003–04[23] NPL Premier Division 34 6 34 6
Northwich Victoria 2004–05[48] Conference National 35 0 1 0 0 0 36 0
2005–06[49] Conference North 32 1 4 0 3[g] 0 39 1
2006–07[50] Conference National 28 0 1 0 4[g] 0 33 0
Total 95 1 6 0 7 0 108 1
Career total 582 58 30 4 29 3 38 6 679 71
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Associate Members Cup
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, three in Third Division play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, three in Second Division play-offs
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  5. ^ Appearances in Anglo-Italian Cup
  6. ^ a b Appearances in First Division play-offs
  7. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Northern Ireland[27] 1996 1 0
1997 4 0
1998 4 0
1999 7 0
2001 2 0
Total 18 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of matches played 3 December 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Chester 7 April 2016 Present 29 12 9 8 41.4 [29][51]
Total 29 12 9 8 41.4

Honours[edit]

York City

Port Vale

Birmingham City

Hucknall Town

Northwich Victoria

Individual

References[edit]

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  45. ^ "Games played by Jon McCarthy in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
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