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James Vaughan's Biography

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James Vaughan was born on July 14th, 1988 and was a striker for Everton.

James Vaughan rose through Everton's youth academy, and made his first-team debut as a substitute in the 74th minute against Crystal Palace, at Goodison Park on April 10th, 2005.

Thus, James Vaughan, at the age of 16 years and 271 days became the youngest player in the history of Everton (beating the long standing record set by Joe Royle, which had stood for 39 years, by 11 days), and quickly scored a goal that made him the youngest scorer in the history of the Premier League.

His record of being the youngest Everton player was later broken by Jose Baxter.

This record had been held by James Milner who scored for Leeds in 2002 at the age of 16 years, 357 days, and before that by Wayne Rooney when he scored a last minute winner against Arsenal in October, 2002 when he was 16 years and 360 days old.

James Vaughan was badly injured playing for England under-18s and spent over a year out of the game, however, in the 2006/7 season James Vaughan returned to fitness and form.

In May 2007, James Vaughan and fellow product of the Everton youth academy Victor Anichebe signed deals to stay at Everton until 2011.

On 19 April 2009, James Vaughan came on as a substitute in Everton's F.A. Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United.

Vaughan came on in extra time and ended up scoring one of Everton's penalties in their successful shoot-out.

It was James Vaughan's first appearance for the Everton first-team since he injured his knee in training in November 2008.

He went to Derby County on loan in September 2009, but soon picked up another knee injury.

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