|Full name||Jay Bothroyd|
|Date of birth||5 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Islington, London, England|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Current club||Cardiff City|
|2004–2005||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||11||(1)|
|2008||→ Stoke City (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:57, 31 January 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Of Guyanese descent, Bothroyd was born in Islington, London. Having initially been on the books at Arsenal, Bothroyd was sold as an eighteen year-old to Coventry City, after throwing his shirt at the bench after the 2000 Premier League Youth Cup final against West Ham United after being substituted. In the three years he played for Coventry, he scored seventeen goals in total, despite making little impact in his first season, after making his debut against Preston North End in the League Cup.
A player of considerable talent but sometimes questionable motivation and prone to poor temperament, he only featured for Coventry after many other members of the squad had to be sold off to relieve the club's financial problems. He scored his debut goal in a defeat against Bradford City on 24 August 2001, and in the 2002-03 season became the club's top-scorer with 11 goals. This brought interest from Perugia, and he transferred to the Italian side when his Coventry contract expired in 2003.
Bothroyd failed to settle in Italy, and joined Blackburn Rovers in August 2004 on loan from Perugia. After getting sent off against Norwich City for violent conduct, after kicking opposing midfielder Mattias Jonson, he was unable to cement a place in the first team and returned to Perugia at the end of the season. He did manage to score once in the league for Blackburn, during a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in October 2004. In 2008 Bothroyd held an interview with newspaper the South Wales Echo where he revealed that he, along with other teammates, was the subject of regular racist abuse while playing in Italy.
He signed for Charlton Athletic on 31 August 2005 having been released by Perugia due to their financial problems. His contribution here was perhaps most noted for his powerful free-kicks, and he scored twice in the league against Manchester City and Newcastle United.
In the close season, Bothroyd was released by the Addicks, following the arrival of Iain Dowie as manager. He was then taken on trial at Crystal Palace, but the south-Londoners decided not to offer him a deal. Bothroyd has since denied he was on trial with Crystal Palace, despite playing in Crystal Palace's pre-season tour of the USA.
Bothroyd started the season in fine style, scoring 3 goals for his new club in their first 6 fixtures, including a 25 yard strike in injury time away at Leeds United to grab all 3 points. However, in the following game against Derby County, his fortunes took a turn for the worse as he had a weak penalty saved in a game that Wolves went on to lose 0-1.
Bothroyd's goal scoring petered out after this initial burst and he suffered an injury in December that kept him out of the busy Christmas period, though he returned to the squad in February 2007 and made several substitute appearances. The most vital of these came when he scored the winning goal as Wolves beat their bitter Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in a crucial encounter in the race for promotion.
The striker had settle for a place on the bench for the start of the 2007/08 season. He was eventually given a start against his former club Charlton, where he scored one and created one in a 2-0 win and kept his starting place for the next three games, scoring Wolves' only goal of the game against Bristol City in a 1-1 draw.
After Wolves signed new strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and brought in Kevin Kyle on loan during the January transfer window, Bothroyd found himself out of first team contention. To gain playing time, he moved to fellow Championship side Stoke City on an initial month's loan on 14 March 2008, later extended to the end of the season, which ended in promotion to the Premier League. However, after featuring in just four games during his loan spell, he returned to his parent club who promptly put him up for transfer.
Bothroyd remained in the Championship, joining Cardiff City, who beat off interest from newly promoted Premiership side Hull City, on 4 August 2008 in a three-year deal for a fee of £350,000, set to be paid in two instalments of £175,000. At the start of the season Bothroyd found himself in and out of the side as manager Dave Jones attempted to find his best strike partnership and, after a number of matches, Bothroyd assumed the role of first choice strike partner to Scottish international Ross McCormack. On 30 September, Bothroyd scored his first goal for the club when he found the net against one of his former clubs, Coventry City during a 2-1 win. It took Bothroyd just under a month to find the net again for the club when he scored twice during a 2-2 draw at Watford. Bothroyd continued in the first team but, on 1 November, he suffered a grade two tear of his hamstring after just 13 minutes of a 2-1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was expected to rule him out for between 6–8 weeks.
He made his return to the side ahead of schedule after 3 weeks when he played 66 minutes during a 2-2 draw with Reading before being replaced by Eddie Johnson. After returning to match fitness, Bothroyd found the net 3 times in 6 games during December, scoring against Burnley, Ipswich Town and Plymouth Argyle, a record which saw him finish as runner-up behind Reading's Stephen Hunt in the Championship player of the month award. Bothroyd finished the season with 12 goals, but couldn't prevent Cardiff from slipping out of the playoffs.
Bothroyd made a bright start to the 09-10 season, scoring the second goal in the first ever League game at the Cardiff City Stadium in a 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United. He celebrated his 50th league appearance for Cardiff City by scoring the fourth goal in a 4-0 win over Watford on 3 October 2009, and scored in the next away game against Sheffield United, which Cardiff won 4-3. Between 24 October and 7 November, Bothroyd enjoyed his most prolific scoring run to date with Cardiff, scoring in three consecutive matches against Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City. Manager Dave Jones even gave the captaincy to Bothroyd in a F.A. Cup match against Bristol City on 19 January 2010.
As a youngster Bothroyd represented England at several youth levels, getting as far as the under-21 team. He won one cap for the side during a friendly against Mexico under-21's at Filbert Street, scoring during the match with a spectacular overhead kick as England won 3-0.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Blackburn Rovers (loan)||2004-05||11||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||13||1|
|Stoke City (loan)||2007-08||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|