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James Beattie
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Personal information
Full name James Scott Beattie
Date of birth 27 February 1978 (1978-02-27) (age 32)
Place of birth Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Stoke City
Number 9
Youth career
1995–1996 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Blackburn Rovers 4 (0)
1998–2005 Southampton 204 (68)
2005–2007 Everton 76 (13)
2007–2009 Sheffield United 62 (34)
2009– Stoke City 37 (9)
National team
England U21 5 (1)
2003 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:41, 16 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 July 2006

James Scott Beattie (born 27 February 1978) is an English footballer who plays for Stoke City as a striker.


Early career

James Beattie attended Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, an independent 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 sustaining a shoulder injury.[citation needed]

He went on to represent his school and play for Blackburn Schools, before joining Blackburn Rovers as a trainee in August 1995.

Club career


Blackburn Rovers

He made his professional debut for Blackburn Rovers on 12 October 1996, in a 2-0 home defeat against Arsenal.[1] He had made only seven first team appearances, and scored no goals, when in the 1998 close season he was transferred to Southampton.


He joined Southampton in July 1998 for a fee of £1 million, as part of the deal that took Kevin Davies to Ewood Park for £7 million. The Saints' manager at the time was Dave Jones. 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 Premiership 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 Premiership games of the next - a run that eventually totalled 17 games.

He returned to scoring form with two goals in a 3-1 victory away to Middlesbrough on 29 September 2001, and he ended the 2001-02 season with an impressive total of 14, despite a two-month spell on the sidelines. This was 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. Southampton reached the FA Cup final that season, for the first time since their 1976 victory, but this time they lost 1-0 to Arsenal and Beattie had to settle for a runners-up medal.

His time at Southampton was marred by a conviction for drink-driving in 2002, which led to a driving ban.[2]

He left Southampton in January 2005, joining Everton for a fee of £6 million.


£6 million was the largest transfer fee that Everton had ever paid for a player at the time, eclipsing the £5.75 million paid for Nick Barmby more than eight years previously (in October 1996)[citation needed].

Beattie found it difficult to settle at Everton. In only his fifth Premiership 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[citation needed].

2005-06 saw an improvement: Beattie was Everton's top scorer, with ten goals in the Premiership 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, and Everton progressed no further.)

During the 2006-07 season, Beattie found himself peripheral to the plans of Everton boss David Moyes. He made 33 Premiership appearances, but 18 of them were from the substitutes' bench; he managed only two goals, the second of those coming in October.[citation needed] Blackburn Rovers were reported to be interested in signing him for a second spell, and in July 2007 it was reported that Sheffield United were prepared to offer a club record £4 million for his services.[citation needed]

Sheffield United

On 4 August 2007, Beattie officially signed for Sheffield United in a deal worth £4 million, potentially rising to £4.5 million[3]. It was the biggest transfer fee ever paid by Sheffield United.[4] On 11 August, he scored on his Championship début for the Blades against Colchester United. His second goal came against West Brom with a long range header. He scored two goals in his fifth game, a 3-1 win over Wolves, and another brace in his sixth, a 2-2 draw against Blackpool.

On 2 October Beattie was named Coca Cola Championship player of the month[5][6]. By March 2008 there were rumours that Beattie would be moving back to the Premiership, with Aston Villa said to be one of the clubs interested in him.[7]

On 5 April 2008 Beattie scored all three goals in a 3-0 win against Leicester City, making him the first Sheffield United player to score a hat-trick since Paul Peschisolido in 2004. The three goals came inside 8 minutes, starting in the 12th: the first from close range after missing a penalty, the second a 25-yard free-kick, and the third a header. Three days later, in his first Steel City Derby, he scored a spectacular 85th minute 30-yard free-kick that sailed into the top corner. Another four days later he scored with another stunning free kick in a 2-1 victory at Burnley. This made him the first player ever to score from free kicks in three consecutive games for the Blades.

Beattie scored a total of 22 goals in the Football League Championship in the 2007-08 season. This made him the joint second highest scorer in the division, alongside Kevin Phillips of West Bromwich Albion and one behind Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (who scored 11 for Plymouth Argyle and 12 for Wolverhampton Wanderers). As expected, he was named as the Blades' Player of the Year at the end of the season.[8]

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. Beattie scored his first goal of the season, scoring the winner with a header in the 2-1 win over Watford. He got his second and third goals of the season in United's next home game, a volley and a header, as the Blades won 3-0 against Bristol City before scoring both goals in The Blades' 2-0 home victory over Plymouth Argyle. He went onto score seven more goals for United, his last goal coming in the 1-1 draw at Wolves on Boxing Day 2008.

Stoke City

He returned to the Premier League on 12 January 2009, after signing for Stoke City on a two-and-a-half-year deal[9] for a fee which could rise to £3.5 million.[10] He scored his first goal for Stoke in a 3–1 defeat at Spurs on 27 January 2009.[11] Beattie then scored the winner against Manchester City on 31 January, as Stoke won 1-0.[12] He scored two more goals for Stoke in a 2–2 draw with Portsmouth on 21 February, bringing his tally to four goals in his first five matches.[13] He scored twice against Portsmouth[14] and continued his goal scoring form by scoring the opener against Bolton Wanderers in a 2-0 win, with a well-executed finish past Jussi Jääskeläinen.[15] This took his tally to five goals in seven games. On Saturday 4 April, Beattie scored the second goal in Stoke's first top-flight away win of the campaign, at West Bromwich Albion.[16] Then after a few games a scored again for the potters against a poor Wigan Athletic side on the final home game of the season.[17] Beattie did score an own goal against Arsenal on the final day of the season.[18]

Beattie didn't start the 2009-10 season very well after a number of injuries hampered his pre-season training and he left the field of play against Chelsea on a stretcher after only 10 minutes with fears of a suspected broken ankle, however x-rays revealed it to be more than a minor tissue damage. Beattie recovered and won his place back in the side surprisingly at the expense of a resurgent Dave Kitson. Beattie scored his first and second of the season against West Ham United, the first via a penalty and the second after Beattie ran 50 yards to get on the end of a Ricardo Fuller cross.[19] Beattie's performance earned praise from manager Tony Pulis.[20]

International career

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"[21]. Beattie played the whole of the first half of the game, and was replaced at half time by Francis Jeffers who would score England's consolation goal. In the 24th minute of the game, with Australia leading 1-0, a goal scored by Paul Scholes was disallowed as Beattie was judged to have fouled. In the early stages Beattie had appeared to be combining well with Michael Owen[22], but overall his contribution (however limited the opportunity) was felt to be disappointing[23].

Beattie was not selected for Euro 2004, the England team coach Sven-Göran Eriksson preferring Emile Heskey as the "traditional" centre forward[citation needed] despite his having scored far fewer goals than Beattie in the previous season. Beattie has not been selected since then.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 1 0 1 0 2 0
1997–98 3 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
Total 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
1998–99 Southampton Premier League 35 5 2 0 2 1 39 6
1999–00 17 0 1 0 3 0 22 0
2000–01 37 11 4 1 2 0 43 12
2001–02 28 12 3 2 31 14
2002–03 38 23 7 1 2 0 47 24
2003–04 37 14 1 0 2 3 2 0 42 17
2004–05 11 3 11 3
Total 204 68 15 2 14 6 2 0 235 76
2004–05 Everton Premier League 11 1 2 1 13 2
2005–06 32 10 3 0 1 0 2 1 38 11
2006–07 33 2 2 0 35 2
Total 76 13 5 1 3 0 2 1 86 15
2007–08 Sheffield United Championship 39 22 2 0 41 22
2008–09 23 12 1 0 24 12
Total 62 34 2 0 1 0 0 0 65 34
2008–09 Stoke City Premier League 16 7 16 7
2009–10 21 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 2
Total 36 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 38 9
Career Total 383 122 23 3 21 6 4 1 433 134

Updated to November 2009

Personal life

Beattie married his fiancee Sarah Rendle in Manchester in May 2006. They had a baby son, James Samuel, on 6 September 2006.




  1. ^ "Blackburn 0 - 2 Arsenal". soccerbase.com. http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=241441. 
  2. ^ "Footballer banned from driving". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2255960.stm. 
  3. ^ "Sheff Utd land Beattie and Carney". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/6921437.stm. 
  4. ^ "United records". SUFC.co.uk. http://www.sufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/FactsFigures/0,,10418~1081136,00.html. Retrieved 16 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Beattie is top dog". SUFC. http://www.sufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10418~1125481,00.html. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "The Coca-Cola Football League Championship Top Scorers". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/top_scorers/default.stm. Retrieved 4 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "James Beattie - Football Transfer Rumours". www.footballtransferleague.co.uk. http://www.footballtransferleague.co.uk/football_player.aspx?football_player=James+Beattie. Retrieved 25 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Supporters Club Award Winners". SUFC.co.uk. 21 April 2008. http://www.sufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail0,,10418~1294385,00.html. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Striker Beattie signs for Potters". BBC Sport. 12 January 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/7822688.stm. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Beattie signs!". Stoke City F.C.. 12 January 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~1517812,00.html. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Tottenham 3-1 Stoke". BBC. 27 January 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7844596.stm. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Stoke City 1-0 Manchester City". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 31 January 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10310~45456,00.html. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Beats Can Stand The Pressure". www.stokecityfc.co.uk. 21 February 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~1565561,00.html. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "Stoke City 2-2 Portsmouth". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 21 February 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10310~44698,00.html. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Stoke City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 4 March 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10310~44780,00.html. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  16. ^ "West Brom 0-2 Stoke City". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 4 April 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10310~45018,00.html. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  17. ^ "Stoke City 2-0 Wigan Athletic". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 16 May 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10310~44092,00.html. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  18. ^ "Arsenal 4-1 Stoke City". Stoke City official site (Stoke City). 24 May 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10310~44095,00.html. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  19. ^ "Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United". Stoke City FC (Stoke City). 17 October 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/MatchReport/0,,10310~47743,00.html. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  20. ^ "Pulis Salutes Strike Pair". Stoke City FC (Stoke City). 17 October 2009. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~1829180,00.html. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  21. ^ "Socceroos win 3-1 against England". theage.com.au. 14 February 2003. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/02/13/1044927700559.htmll. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  22. ^ "England spellbound by wizards of Oz". www.thefa.com. 12 February 2003. http://www.thefa.com/England/SeniorTeam/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2003/02/39617.htm. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  23. ^ "England 1 Australia 3". www.englandfc.com. 12 February 2003. http://www.englandfc.com/reports/report_eng_v_australiafri2003.html. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 

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Preceded by
Paul Jones
Southampton F.C. player of the season
Succeeded by
Dean Richards
Preceded by
Chris Marsden
Southampton F.C. player of the season
Succeeded by
Antti Niemi
Preceded by
Phil Jagielka
Sheffield United Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Matt Kilgallon


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