Player profile

Jay Spearing

Birthdate: 25 November 1988
Birthplace: Wallasey, England
Other clubs: Leicester City (loan 2010), Bolton Wanderers (loan 2012-13; permanent, 2013-)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: 2004
Liverpool debut: 09.12.2008
Last appearance: 23.08.2012
Contract expiry: 09.08.2013
Win ratio: 54.55% W: 30 D: 5 L: 20
LFC league games/goals: 30 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 55 / 0

Player profile

Jay Spearing was captain of Liverpool's u-18 team which won the second of their successive FA Youth Cups in 2007 and also a key player in the side that won the FA Premier Reserve League title in 2007/08. Spearing finally made his long-awaited debut for Liverpool's first team in the Champions League group match away to PSV Eindhoven 9 December 2008. Another equally brief but impressive substitute appearance came in the same competition against Real Madrid at Anfield three months later. Spearing came on for captain Steven Gerrard with Liverpool already comfortably ahead 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate. The little midfielder impressed the crowd with his confidence against the famous Spanish club and although he didn't play for the first team again in 2008/09 it was hardly a surprise when in the middle of July 2009 it was announced that he had agreed a new deal to extend his contract at Anfield.

Spearing started Liverpool's League Cup ties at Leeds and Arsenal as well as at Sunderland in the 'beach-ball' match and made two substitute appearances against Portsmouth and Wolves either side of Christmas but those were his only first-team appearances in 2009/10. On 23 March 2010 he was loaned out to Championship club Leicester City until the end of the season. Spearing played eight times for the Foxes as they reached the play-offs to face Cardiff. The return leg in Wales went to extra-time but Leicester were eventually beaten 4-3 on penalties. The 2010/11 season was something of a breakthrough for Spearing who made 16 starts and four substitute appearances for Liverpool. He gained valuable experience, especially in the Europa League competition, in which he figured eight times. Lucas Leiva's unfortunate injury opened the doors for Spearing in 2011/12 and he was picked to start in 24 matches, eight more than in the previous season. The difference in quality between him and Lucas was though painfully obvious and Spearing became somewhat of a target for the boo-boys. Spearing finally got his hands on a senior winners' medal after being a member of the squad that beat Cardiff City at Wembley in the League Cup final. Following Rodgers' signings of Nuri Sahin (loan) and Joe Allen and the emergence of Jonjo Shelvey it was soon apparent there was little possibility that Spearing would find a place in the first team so in August 2012 he joined Bolton Wanderers in the Championship on a season-long loan.

Spearing's loan-spell with Bolton was successful. He played in thirty-seven matches in The Championship, scoring twice; and he received a Player of the Season award from the Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Association as well as being honoured in the same way by the club itself. Unsurprisingly ... because his loan-spell with them had been so successful ... Bolton reached agreement with Liverpool for Spearing to make a permanent move and he signed a four-tear contract with Wanderers during the second week of August 2013.


Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals304813055
2008-2009 000202
2009-2010 302005
2010-2011 11018020
2011-2012 16450025
2012-2013 000303

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3Sunderland
3Newcastle United
3Chelsea
3Fulham
3Tottenham
3Manchester City
3Everton
3Arsenal
2Napoli
2Rabotnicki
2Wolves
2WBA
2Braga
2Gomel
2Stoke City
1Portsmouth
1Oldham Athletic
1Aston Villa
1Manchester United
1Leeds United
1Northampton Town
1QPR
1Exeter City
1Real Madrid
1Wigan Athletic
1Steaua Bucharest
1Hearts
1PSV Eindhoven
1Brighton & Hove Albion
1Blackburn Rovers
1Sparta Prague
1Birmingham City
Total Started/substitutions
45 Started
48 On the bench
10 Substitute
10 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals000000
2008-2009 000000
2009-2010 000000
2010-2011 000000
2011-2012 000000
2012-2013 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalTeam
No records to display.
TotalStarted/substitutions
0Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
No records to display.
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
109.12.2008PSV EindhovenPhilips StadionEurope
5022.04.2012WBAAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
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Related Quotes

"To play at Anfield at any time is extra special for me, but to come on against probably the biggest club in the world makes it even better. It was hard to think straight when the Kop started singing my name. It is something I will never forget. Quite a few of the lads came up to me afterwards to say 'congratulations' - they were made up about the song. But I've got to look forward now, keep working hard and hopefully I'll get another chance. From start to finish we passed the ball well, worked hard and showed fight. We deserved it. It's got to be one of the top ones - it's a great result for us and now we can look forward to the next round."

Jay Spearing after his cameo vs. Real at Anfield

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2008-2009 26 Midfielder
2009-2010 26 Midfielder
2010-2011 26 Midfielder
2011-2012 20 Midfielder
2012-2013 20 Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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