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Jay McEveley
James McEveley
Personal information
Full name James Michael McEveley
Date of birth February 11, 1985 (1985-02-11) (age 25)
Place of birth    Liverpool, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left Back, Centre Half
Club information
Current club Derby County
Number 3
Youth career
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Blackburn Rovers
Burnley (loan)
Gillingham (loan)
Ipswich Town (loan)
Derby County
Preston North End (loan)
Charlton Athletic (loan)
18 (0)
04 (0)
10 (1)
19 (1)
83 (3)
07 (0)
06 (0)   
National team2
England U-21
Scotland B
01 (0)
02 (0)
03 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:00, 16 March 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22:09, 6 April 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

James Michael "Jay" McEveley (born February 11, 1985 in Liverpool, England) is an English-born Scottish football player who currently plays for Derby County, as a defender.


Blackburn Rovers

McEveley started his career with Everton, where he played in the same youth team as Wayne Rooney. McEveley never played for the club and moved to Blackburn Rovers, where he was seen as a potential star of the future. His bulky build made it seem natural that he would be a centre back but ever since his early professional breakthrough, he has been used by successive managers as a left back.

He made his first team Rovers debut against Walsall as part of a 2–2 draw in the League Cup. McEveley hit the headlines after his performance in a League Cup semi-final first leg, where he displayed considerable self-confidence in a 0-0 draw. Much, in particular, was made of his aggressive tackling on Manchester United's David Beckham and a late goalline save from a Ruud van Nistelrooy shot.

In order to gain competitive match experience McEveley was sent out on loan three times whilst at Blackburn, spending time at Burnley;[1] Gillingham,[2] where he scored once against Stoke;[3] and Ipswich,[4] where he scored once against Plymouth Argyle.[5] He intermittently featured in the Blackburn first team during this time, including in a match against Liverpool in October 2004 when his challenge resulted in a broken leg for Djibril Cisse. Though the challenge was legal and appeared innocuous, the gruesome footage of the incident shocked many.[6]

McEveley has developed a history of unfortunate involvement in serious injuries - to himself and others. McEveley was the other party in a training ground incident that left Hakan Şükür, trialist at Blackburn, with a broken leg.[7] Mark Delaney suffered a serious knee injury after a clash with McEveley.[8] McEveley himself has suffered a few very serious knee injuries.[9][10]

Derby County

As he struggled to hold down a regular place at Blackburn, McEveley signed for promotion-chasing Championship side Derby County during the January 2007 transfer window for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £600,000.[11] Replacing previous first choice left back Mo Camara, McEveley settled in well and played regularly for the Rams as they eventually finished third and earned promotion to the Premiership following a 1-0 win over West Brom in the Championship Playoff Final at the newly completed Wembley Stadium. McEveley played regularly for Derby upon their return to the Premiership and scored his first goal for Derby County against Liverpool, the equaliser, in a 2-1 home defeat. He sustained knee ligament damage in the 1-0 loss to Bolton on 2 January 2008 after a heavy tackle from Kevin Davies which was expected to keep him out for 4 months, though he returned 6 weeks later to play in Derby's 2-0 defeat away to Wigan Athletic at the end of February 2008. McEveley scored his second rams goal against Arsenal at Pride Park to bring the scores level to 1-1, only for the game to end in a 6-2 defeat.

McEveley began the 2008-09 season as first choice left back, but lost his place to new signing Jordan Stewart. He joined Preston North End on a one month loan on the 29th September 2008, and made his debut in the 2-0 defeat against Swansea, conceding the penalty that lead to the second goal.[12] He returned to Derby at the end of October and a month later was sent out on loan again, this time for a three month spell with Charlton. He returned from his loan spell early in January 2009 due to injury, and then went on to re-establish himself as the club's first choice left back. On 11 April 2009, in Derby's 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, McEveley broke a metatarsal in his left foot, and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[13]

McEveley started the 2009-10 season as Derby's second choice left back, behind new signing Dean Moxey. McEveley's second league start of the season came against Sheffield Wednesday, playing at centre-half and scoring the Rams' second goal in a 3-0 win. Derby manager Nigel Clough praised McEveley's attitude after the game.[14] However, just two games later, McEveley fractured his cheekbone in the 20th minute of the game against Middlesbrough, and was initially ruled out for six weeks.[15] Shortly after, he had an operation on his cheekbone.[16] It was later revealed that during the operation, McEveley's heart had stopped beating for two minutes.[17] McEveley was transferred to intensive care after his heart was successfully re-started. His heart was scanned and doctors gave him the all-clear, telling him it would not affect his football. He later said:

"It was supposed to be a routine operation to pull the cheekbone out but just before that my heart decided to stop on the operating table. I didn’t realise until I woke up in intensive care when I was wired into machines. When they told me it was a shock to say the least. My mum and dad were in Liverpool and my girlfriend was in the ward. They called her and she was all over the place. My mum was in hysterics and they drove down that night. I don’t know if it was a reaction to the anaesthetic but I’ve had five operations before and nothing has ever happened like that. I’m just happy to be here. I’m looking at life in a different light now. They’ve done loads of further tests on my heart and I’ve had the all clear. I went into training the day after and I think the lads were surprised to see me! When I returned our gaffer was calling me Lazarus!"[18]

Exactly one month after suffering his injury, McEveley returned to the first team on 20 November 2009. He went on to start eight successive games, playing with a mask to protect his cheekbone.[19] McEveley has since entered into negotiations to sign a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of the 2009/10 season.[20]

International career

He represented England U-20 at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, but has since chosen to represent Scotland at the U-21 level[21] and B level.[22] McEveley made his debut for Scotland in the 1–0 win over the South African National squad on 22 August 2007.[23] He won his third cap during the 1-1 draw with Croatia at Hampden Park, significant as manager George Burley's first match with the side. McEveley was a second half substitute in this match.

Personal life

McEveley is engaged to his fiancée, Carla, with whom he has a baby boy called Harlow James, born 30 November 2009.[24]


  1. ^ BBC Sport (December 11, 2003). "Burnley borrow McEveley". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  2. ^ BBC Sport (March 23, 2005). "Ternent targets more new signings". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Gillingham 2-1 Stoke". BBC. 15 March 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  4. ^ BBC Sport (December 2, 2005). "McEveley makes Blackburn return". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Ipswich 3-1 Plymouth". BBC. 5 November 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cisse 'faces anxious injury wait'". BBC Sport website. 2004-11-01. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  7. ^ TCM (December 22, 2002). "Sukur out for eight weeks with broken leg". 
  8. ^ The Independent (February 3, 2003). "Villa cruise as Dublin and Barry sink Rovers". 
  9. ^ BBC Sport (February 5, 2004). "McEveley out for season". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  10. ^ BBC Sport (February 6, 2008). "McEveley poised for speedy return". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  11. ^ BBC Sport (January 29, 2007). "Rams sign McEveley from Blackburn". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  12. ^ BBC Sport (September 29, 2008). "North End sign McEveley on loan". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  13. ^ BBC Sport (April 16, 2009). "McEveley ruled out for the season". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  14. ^ Derby Evening Telegraph (October 16, 2009). "Rams boss Clough says McEveley's attitude is spot on". 
  15. ^ BBC Sport (October 21, 2009). "McEveley ruled out for six weeks". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  16. ^ Derby Evening Telegraph (October 22, 2009). "Rams defender McEveley has operation". 
  17. ^ BBC Sport (October 22, 2009). "McEvely's heart stopped during op". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  18. ^ Simon Jones, The Daily Mail (November 5, 2009). "It's a heart-stopper for 'Lazarus' Jay McEveley as he prepares to play for Derby again". 
  19. ^ The Derby Evening Telegraph (December 3, 2009). "McEveley looking to climb table over festive period". 
  20. ^ The Derby Evening Telegraph (December 8, 2009). "McEveley says Rams will be more positive on travels". 
  21. ^ "Anglo McEveley switches to Scots". BBC Sport website. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  22. ^ "Rep of Ireland B 0-0 Scotland B". BBC Sport website. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  23. ^ BBC Sport (August 28, 2007). "McEveley retains Scotland place". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  24. ^ Burton Mail (December 8, 2009). "McEveley - 'I'll play anywhere'". 

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