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James McCarthy
James McCarthy.JPG
McCarthy playing for Hamilton Academical
Personal information
Full name James McCarthy
Date of birth 12 November 1990 (1990-11-12) (age 19)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Wigan Athletic
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Hamilton Academical 95 (13)
2009– Wigan Athletic 12 (1)
National team
2007 Republic of Ireland U17 3 (1)
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U18 2 (2)
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U19 1 (0)
2008– Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
2010– Republic of Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:41, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:02, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

James McCarthy (born 12 November 1990 in Glasgow) is a professional football player who plays for English Premier League side Wigan Athletic. McCarthy made over 100 appearances for Hamilton Academical as a teenager, before being transferred to Premier League club Wigan Athletic for a seven-figure fee. Although born in Scotland, McCarthy represents the Republic of Ireland at international level.


Club career


Hamilton Academical

An alumnus of St Margaret Mary's Secondary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow,[1] McCarthy made his debut against Queen of the South as a substitute on 30 September 2006, becoming the youngest player to play for Hamilton Academical in the 21st century. His full debut came against Airdrie United on 11 November 2006; a day before his 16th birthday. On 6 January 2007, at 16 years and 55 days old, James became the youngest player ever to score in Hamilton Academical's history. He scored in a Scottish Cup defeat against Livingston.

On 17 May 2008, after a season which saw his club promoted to the Scottish Premier League, McCarthy signed a new three-year contract with the club.[2]

Wigan Athletic

Hamilton accepted a bid for McCarthy from Wigan Athletic on 16 July 2009.[3] He completed a move to Wigan on 21 July, believed to be worth £1.2 million rising to £3 million depending on appearances.[4] jamesMac_herald_371243t.jpg

He made his debut for Wigan Athletic on 22 August 2009, as a 74th minute substitute in the 0-5 defeat versus Manchester United.

He scored his first goal for Wigan in the FA Cup 3rd round victory against fellow Premier League team Hull City on 2 January 2010,[5] and marked his first Premier League start with a goal in the 2-0 victory away to Wolves on 16 January.

International career

McCarthy opted to play for the Republic of Ireland; he was eligible through his family links to Annagry, County Donegal. There was speculation that he may play for Scotland, his birthplace, but McCarthy re-affirmed his commitment to Ireland.[6][7] McCarthy received abuse from Scottish football fans and media for his decision to play for Ireland.[8]

McCarthy made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-17s in January 2007 against Italy[9]. He scored his first goal against Greece when winning his third cap in March of the same year[10]. He was quickly promoted to the Under-18s and played his first game at that level versus Germany in November 2007.[11] He scored twice in the return game that same month[12]. McCarthy played one game for the Under-19s in September 2007 against Portugal.[13] and was subsequently selected for a number of these squads in 2008.[14] McCarthy came on as a half time substitute for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in their European Championship qualifier on 31 March against Turkey. McCarthy made an instant impression, creating opportunities for the lone striker, as well as making many intelligent runs in behind the Turkish defence.

McCarthy received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland national squad in February 2010, for a friendly with Brazil played in London.[15] He made his debut as a substitute, replacing Stoke City's Liam Lawrence after 70 minutes.[16]

Career statistics

As of 2 March 2010.
Club performance
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Challenge Cup Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Hamilton 2006-07 23 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 24 2
2007-08 35 6 2 0 4 1 1 0 42 7
2008-09 37 6 3 0 3 0 0 0 37 6
Total 95 13 6 1 7 1 1 0 109 15
Club Season Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wigan Athletic 2009–10 10 1 3 1 1 0 14 2
Total 10 1 3 1 1 0 14 2
Career total 105 14 9 2 8 1 1 0 123 17


Hamilton Academical



  1. ^ "James McCarthy: I hope visit to Ibrox does not end in cup misery for Hamilton". Sunday Mail. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "McCarthy extends stay with Accies". BBC Sport. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Clive (20 July 2009). "McCarthy agrees £1.2m Wigan move". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "McCarthy completes Wigan transfer". BBC Sport. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Wigan 4 - 1 Hull". BBC Sport. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "McCarthy Considers Scotland Switch". News of the World. 21 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "McCarthy pledges allegiance to Irish cause despite advances from Scotland". Irish Independent. 8 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Stupid Boy". Scottish Sun. 2008. 
  9. ^ "Hamilton Republic of Ireland's U17 team impress in victory over Italy in Dublin". FAI. 23 January 2007. 
  10. ^ "Sean McCaffrey pays tribute to Ireland’s U17 squad in Germany". FAI. 23 March 2007. 
  11. ^ "Germany prove too powerful for Ireland U18s". FAI. 13 November 2007. 
  12. ^ "James McCarthy scores twice as Ireland U18s defeat Germany". FAI. 15 November 2007. 
  13. ^ "Ireland U19 lose first match of double-header to Portugal". FAI. 4 September 2007. 
  14. ^ "Ireland International Call Ups for Accies". Hamilton Accies FC. 19 March 2008. 
  15. ^ "Portsmouth's Marc Wilson in Republic of Ireland call-up". BBC Sport. 22 February 2010. 
  16. ^ Robinho has Ireland Chasing his Shadow The Independent, 3 March 2010

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