17 year old striker James Vaughan is another product of Everton’s youth academy and is also the holder of three records. At the tender age of 16 years and 271 days, Vaughan made his debut appearance for Everton, coming on as a substitute 75 minutes into the match against Crystal Palace. This made Vaughan the youngest ever Everton player, beating an honour held by Joe Royle since 1966 by eleven days. Soon after coming on to the pitch James Vaughan to the delight of everyone associated with Everton FC scored his first senior goal. This not only made him Everton’s youngest ever goal scorer but also the Premiership’s youngest ever goalscorer. Vaughan’s debut was definitely one to remember.
Vaughan’s promotion to the senior squad was thanks to his outstanding displays in the Everton youth and reserve teams. Impressing his coaches with his attitude, determination, maturity, pace and of course his goal scoring abilities, he soon got the attention of manager David Moyes and was included in several match day squads before his eventual debut against Crystal Palace.
James Vaughan’s luck however took a turn for the worst in September 2005. Away on England under 19s duty the young striker sustained a serious knee injury which kept him out for almost the entire 2005/06 season. Vaughan is contracted to the club until 2007 but unless he overcomes this setback it is not known whether Everton will extend the contract.
Get well soon James.