9 January 2009

Jamie Ward

Name: Jamie Ward
Born: 12 May 1986, Birmingham (England)
Height: 5.05½ ft
Weight: 9.04 st
Position: Forward/Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Full (2011-date); 7 Under-21 / 2 Goals (2006-2008), 2 Under-18 Caps.
Club Honours: (with Aston Villa) FA Youth Cup Runner-Up 2003/04.
Awards: League Two Player of the Month Oct-2008.

Club Career:
Teams........ --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- --League-- FA Cup FL Cup Other
Aston Villa ............. Jul-05 Youth ..0 (0)/ 0
Stockport Co. 05/06 ..... Mar-06 .Loan ..7 (2)/ 1
Torquay Utd.. 06/07 ..... Jul-06 .Free .21 (4)/ 9 2(0)/2 1(0)/0 0(1)/0
Chesterfield..06/07-08/09 Jan-07 Undi. .58 (9)/29 4(0)/0 2(0)/0 1(0)/0
Sheffield Utd 08/09-10/11 Jan-09 £333k .45(18)/ 9 2(2)/2 0(1)/0 1(2)/0
Derby County .10/11 ..... Feb-11 .Loan .12 (0)/ 4
Derby County
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11/12-14/15 May-11 £350k 110(15)/29 5(2)/0 1(0)/0 3(0)/0
Nott'm Forest 15/16- date Jul-15 .Free
Burton Albion 16/17 ..... Aug-16 .Loan .15 (3)/ 4 0(1)/0

Biography:
A free-scoring attacking player in lower-league football, Birmingham-born Jamie Ward played in the FA Youth Cup final with Aston Villa and captained their reserves but was released in 2006.

Qualifying for Northern Ireland through his grandfather, Ward has played at Youth and Under-21 level and was long touted for Full international recognition.

In January 2008 Barnsley had a £400,000 bid for Ward accepted by Chesterfield. A move seemed likely as he was to become a free agent in the summer but personal terms could not be agreed. Derby County also showed an interest, but it was Sheffield United that claimed his signature.


After initial good form with the Blades Ward's goals dried up and mid-way through the 2010/11 season he joined Derby County on loan in a deal that became permanent at the end of the season.

Ward was awarded his first call-up to the senior Northern Ireland squad in March 2009. Despite good club form he was overlooked for two years, sparking rumours of a falling out with Nigel Worthington. He was re-called to the squad in August 2011, making his long-awaited international début as a late sub against the Faroe Islands.

Since the appointment of Michael O'Neill, Ward has been a regular in the Northern Ireland squad when not injured. He bundled home his first international goal from close range to give Northern Ireland the lead against Portugal in a pulsating World Cup Qualifier in September 2013, though sadly a Ronaldo hattrick saw the Portuguese leave Windsor Park victorious.

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
10-08-2011 Faroe Islands H W 4-0 ECQ sub
15-08-2012 Finland ..... H D 3-3 FR. sub
07-09-2012 Russia ...... A L 0-2 WCQ 
11-09-2012 Luxembourg .. H D 1-1 WCQ sub
14-08-2013 Russia ...... H W 1-0 WCQ 
06-09-2013 Portugal .... H L 2-4 WCQ 1 goal
10-09-2013 Luxembourg .. A L 2-3 WCQ 
11-10-2013 Azerbaijan .. A L 0-2 WCQ
15-10-2013 Israel ...... A D 1-1 WCQ sub
05-03-2014 Cyprus ...... A D 0-0 FR
07-09-2014 Hungary ..... A W 2-1 ECQ
11-10-2014 Faroe Islands H W 2-0 ECQ

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
08-02-2006 Israel....... A W 1-0 FR
12-04-2006 Leichtenstein A W 4-1 ECQ sub
10-05-2006 Leichtenstein H W 4-0 ECQ sub
06-02-2007 Wales........ H L 0-4 FR. sub
16-11-2007 Luxembourg... H W 5-0 ECQ 1 goal
20-11-2007 Moldova...... H W 3-0 ECQ 1 goal
06-02-2008 Israel....... A L 1-2 ECQ

Summary: 4(3)/2. Won 5, Drew 0, Lost 2.

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