Tranmere Rovers give James Vaughan a permanent deal

Tuesday, 11 August, 2020 15comments  |  Jump to last
The Echo reports that Tranmere Rovers have completed the permanent signing of former Everton striker James Vaughan.

The 32-year-old initially arrived at Prenton Park on loan from Bradford City at the end of January and scored three times in eight appearances before Rovers' bid for League One survival was scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic and the suspension of the season.

Tranmere were controversially relegated back to League Two after the final table was decided on a points-per-game basis and a difficult summer was added to by the departure of manager Mickey Mellon to Dundee United.

New boss Mike Jackson is looking to build a squad to enable Rovers to bounce straight back and the acquisition of Vaughan - who became the Premier League's youngest ever scorer at 16 years and 271 days when scoring for Everton against Crystal Palace in April 2005 - is the latest addition of experience and quality to the squad.  

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Bill Watson
1 Posted 11/08/2020 at 23:18:45
I hope it works out for him. He was a brilliant prospect but his career's been dogged by injuries.
Danny Broderick
2 Posted 11/08/2020 at 23:23:08
Good luck to him.

I can't stand Tranmere though, ever since they beat us 3-0 in the FA Cup. Every song from their fans was "sign on... you scouse bastards" etc etc – even though their manager was John Aldridge, and half of their team was from Liverpool!

John Pickles
3 Posted 11/08/2020 at 23:53:13
Danny @201, good to see you don't hold a grudge.

Seriously though, worst Everton performance ever and only match I walked out on, despite being from the Wirral. The score didn't flatter Rovers, we were lucky to get nil. If Walter Smith had any honour, he would have resigned immediately after.

Paul Jones
4 Posted 12/08/2020 at 02:09:51
Great memory of him taking a successful penalty in our penalty shootout win against Man Utd in the FA Cup Semi-Final.

I remember him to be a very aggressive and combative forward when he was young – that probably contributed to his injury blighted career. Injury did rob him of what should have been a successful top-flight career.

Danny Broderick
5 Posted 12/08/2020 at 06:37:37
Agreed John! I walked out after half-an-hour...
Darren Hind
6 Posted 12/08/2020 at 10:05:24
Loved him, but he was simply too brave for his own good. Couldn't resist going for balls that just were not his.
Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 12/08/2020 at 11:01:09
John @3,

I went to Coventry the week before and a depleted Everton won 3-1 probably because they had to play a couple of kids. The more experienced players were back the following week, and I agree possibly the worst result & performance in Everton's history, until this January.

I've wrote it before but the following midweek we played Middlesbrough at home and going late because I expected a very low gate, Goodison was actually jam-packed because Everton had reduced the prices.

Back to Vaughan, my abiding memory of this kid is with blood spurting out of his ankle at Bolton, he was punching the turf like a lunatic because he could no longer carry on.

I remember Pistone doing his knee at Bolton and he looked delighted has he sat on the stretcher probably because he knew he was out for the season, which was only weeks old!

Maybe I'm being sarcastic but Vaughan came through the ranks and was proud to play for Everton whereas Pistone was just another foreign Kelly Maloney who didn't give a fuck about the shirt.

Ajay Gopal
8 Posted 12/08/2020 at 11:27:23
He had the worst luck with injuries. He started the season after the one where he scored his debut goal in storming fashion, and I remember one game when he had John Terry (if I am not mistaken) in his pocket.

But then came the awful injury to the foot, and then a series of other injuries and fell out of favour with 'Cautious Dave'.

Wow, he is now 32 years and in the twilight of his career. All the best to him – he was a game trier and wore the shirt with pride.

Steve Carse
9 Posted 12/08/2020 at 22:48:36
Paul (4), Vaughan was another player Moyes gave insufficient playing time too in his early years. Typical of the lad to take one of the penalties. Probably the highlight of his career the way it turned out.
James Newcombe
10 Posted 13/08/2020 at 09:02:11
I thought he was going to end up playing for England. Alas...
Peter Mills
11 Posted 14/08/2020 at 11:52:38
Good luck to him, always loved his effort, and great memories of his first goal and that penalty at Wembley.
Andy McNabb
12 Posted 17/08/2020 at 02:22:15
Wow, so it's 16 years since that game v Palace?

Can't believe it.

Mick Davies
13 Posted 20/08/2020 at 16:20:39
Fast, fearless and a goalscorer; how we could do with him now. Such a pity that some young players throw their careers away with selfish behaviour, while this lad just got dealt a bad hand. I wish him good luck at Tranmere, he deserves it.
Rob Halligan
14 Posted 20/08/2020 at 16:30:10
Talking of transfers, Fulham have signed Antonee Robinson for £2M on a 4-year deal.
Arthur Westhead
15 Posted 26/08/2020 at 07:26:23
When he played his first few games for us, I thought he was going to be brilliant. A natural goal scorer with great pace. Fearless, aggressive and never gave up on any ball. He used to throw himself at everything.

If only the backroom staff had actually lessened his aggression, I think he would have been an even better player. It was his injuries, mostly unlucky, but some due to his commitment to the cause, that ruined his prospects.

A great shame for him, and us. I hope he does well at Tranmere.

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