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Jay Bothroyd
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Personal information
Full name Jay Bothroyd
Date of birth 5 May 1982 (1982-05-05) (age 27)
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Cardiff City
Number 9
Youth career
1998–2000 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Coventry City 72 (14)
2003–2005 Perugia 28 (5)
2004–2005 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 11 (1)
2005–2006 Charlton Athletic 18 (2)
2006–2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers 55 (12)
2008 Stoke City (loan) 4 (0)
2008– Cardiff City 72 (20)
National team
2001 England U21 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:57, 31 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:11, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Jay Bothroyd (born 5 May 1982 in Islington, London) is an English professional football striker currently playing for Football League Championship side Cardiff City.


Club career

Coventry City (2000-2003)

Of Guyanese descent,[citation needed] 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.[1] 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.[2]

Perugia (2003-2005)

Bothroyd failed to settle in Italy, and joined Blackburn Rovers in August 2004 on loan from Perugia.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Charlton Athletic (2005-2006)

He signed for Charlton Athletic on 31 August 2005 having been released by Perugia due to their financial problems.[6] His contribution here was perhaps most noted for his powerful free-kicks, and he scored twice in the league against Manchester City[7] and Newcastle United.[8]

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.[9]

Wolverhampton Wanderers (2006-2008)

Instead, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on 26 July 2006, becoming Mick McCarthy's first full signing for the Midlanders.[10]

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,[11] later extended to the end of the season, which ended in promotion to the Premier League.[12] However, after featuring in just four games during his loan spell, he returned to his parent club who promptly put him up for transfer.

Cardiff City (2008-)

Bothroyd warming up prior to a match

Bothroyd remained in the Championship, joining Cardiff City, who beat off interest from newly promoted Premiership side Hull City[13], on 4 August 2008 in a three-year deal[14] for a fee of £350,000, set to be paid in two instalments of £175,000.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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.

International career

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.[18]

In October 2008 it was revealed that Bothroyd is on the verge of a possible call-up to play for Jamaica as he qualifies through his grandparents.[19]

Career statistics

As of 22 January 2010.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Coventry City 2000-01 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
2001-02 31 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 34 6
2002-03 33 8 3 1 3 2 0 0 39 11
Subtotal 72 14 5 1 6 2 0 0 83 17
Perugia 2003-04 26 5 0 0 0 0 6 0 32 7
2004-05 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 28 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 32 5
Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2004-05 11 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 1
Charlton Athletic 2005-06 18 2 4 2 3 1 0 0 25 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2006-07 33 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 35 9
2007-08 22 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 25 4
Subtotal 55 12 3 1 0 0 2 0 64 13
Stoke City (loan) 2007-08 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Cardiff City 2008-09 39 12 3 0 2 0 0 0 44 12
2009-10 30 8 3 1 2 1 0 0 35 10
Total 249 52 17 4 14 4 8 2 288 62


  1. ^ "Coventry agree fee for teenage striker". BBC Sport. 2000-07-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/822434.stm. Retrieved 2000-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Bothroyd signs for Perugia". BBC Sport. 2003-07-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/3058401.stm. Retrieved 2003-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Blackburn bring in Bothroyd". BBC Sport. 2004-08-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/3616332.stm. Retrieved 2004-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Blackburn 2-2 Liverpool". BBC. 30 October 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/3947393.stm. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bothroyd talks of racism agony". South Wales Echo. 2008-11-15. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2008/11/15/bothroyd-talks-of-his-racism-agony-91466-22262821/. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Bothroyd makes move to Charlton". BBC Sport. 2005-08-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/4203282.stm. Retrieved 2005-08-31. 
  7. ^ "Charlton 2-5 Man City". BBC. 4 December 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4473114.stm. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Charlton 3-1 Newcastle". BBC. 26 March 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4820064.stm. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bothroyd denies Palace trial". Sky Sports. 2007-04-14. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11699_2411244,00.html. Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Wolves sign Bothroyd from Addicks". BBC Sport. 2006-07-28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/5220168.stm. Retrieved 2006-07-28. 
  11. ^ "Stoke complete late Bothroyd deal". BBC Sport. 2008-03-14. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/7296335.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  12. ^ "Bothroyd stays with Stoke". Sky Sports. 2008-04-14. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11688_3423174,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  13. ^ "Bluebirds beat Premiership to Jay Bothroyd". South Wales Echo. 2008-04-07. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2008/08/07/bluebirds-beat-premiership-to-jay-bothroyd-91466-21482666/. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  14. ^ "Bothroyd completes Cardiff move". BBC Sport. 2008-08-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7538385.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  15. ^ "Cardiff City fans 30 questions to Peter Ridsdale". South Wales Echo. 2008-10-02. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2008/10/02/cardiff-city-fans-30-questions-to-peter-ridsdale-91466-21950647/. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  16. ^ "Injury update". cardiffcity.co.uk. 2008-11-04. http://www.cardiffcityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10335~1443555,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  17. ^ "Peter Enckelman in for hot Birmingham reception". South Wales Echo. 2009-01-13. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2009/01/13/peter-enckelman-in-for-hot-birmingham-reception-91466-22677422/. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  18. ^ "Jay Bothroyd out to silence critics". Coventry Telegraph. 2008-04-04. http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/coventry-city-fc/football-rumours-gossip/2008/08/04/jay-bothroyd-out-to-silence-critics-92746-21461270/. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  19. ^ "Bluebirds' boss Jones put on Ross alert". South Wales Echo. 2008-10-20. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2008/10/20/bluebirds-boss-jones-put-on-ross-alert-91466-22072426/. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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