Name: James Ervin
Born: 5 June 1985, Belfast
Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 2 Under-21 Caps (2004-2006).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion; Irish Cup Winner 2005/06, 2006/07; Irish League Cup Winner 2005/06; Co. Antrim Shield Winner; (with Ballymena) Irish Cup Runner-Up 2013/14; NIFL Cup Winner 2016/17, Runner-Up 2014/15; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 2015/16.
Teams ........... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- --League--
Nottingham Forest .................. Youth ..0 (0)/ 0
Linfield ........ 04/05-13/14 Aug-04 .Free 273(25)/22*
Ballymena United. 13/14- date Jan-15 .Free
* all games.
Jim Ervin joined Linfield, where he had served as a ball boy, in August 2004 after being released by Nottingham Forest. A little over a week later he won the first of two Northern Ireland Under-21 caps.
In almost a decade at Windsor Park Ervin claimed every honour the local game has to offer, most of them several times over. He made his debut in a 0-0 draw with Ards on 14 August 2004 but had to wait until 19th August 2006 to score his first goal, coming on as a late substitute in a 4-1 win over Distillery. In 2009/10 he managed a career best eleven goals, an impressive total for a right-back.
Ervin signed a one year contract-extension at Windsor Park in May 2013, but he then struggled for a regular place in the Blues' team. He made his final Linfield appearance in a 1-0 defeat by Dungannon on 16th November that year and he reluctantly negotiated his release the following January. As a free-agent he was sought after by Coleraine and Ballymena, but it was the latter that claimed his signature.
More to follow.
Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
18-08-2004 Switzerland H D 0-0 FR
28-02-2006 Wales...... A W 1-0 FR sub
Summary: 1(1)/0. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 0.