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Jon McCarthy

Personal information
Full nameJonathan David McCarthy
Date of birth18 August 1970(age 46)
Place of birthMiddlesbrough, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionWinger

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Jonathan David "Jon" McCarthy (born 18 August 1970) is a former footballer who played over 500 games in his career, many of which were in the Football League.

A winger, he began his career at Hartlepool United in 1987, before heading into the non-league scene with Shepshed Charterhouse in 1989. He returned to the professional game the following year after signing a contract with York City. He spent the next five years with the club, helping York to promotion via the play-offs in 1993, and twice being voted Clubman of the Year. In 1995 he joined Port Vale for a fee of £450,000. In his first year at Vale Park he was awarded the club's Player of the Year award, and also played in the Anglo-Italian Cup final. In 1997 he was sold on to Birmingham City for £1.5 million. The highlight of a five year injury-plagued stay in Birmingham would be a League Cup final appearance in 2001. The next year he was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday, before a return to Port Vale was followed by a brief spell with Doncaster Rovers and a cameo return at York City. Settling with Carlisle United, he left the Football League in 2003 to play for non-league Hucknall Town. Hucknall were crowned Northern Premier League champions in 2003 04, and following this success he won a deal with Northwich Victoria. He helped the club to the Conference North title in 2005 06, before he retired in 2007.

Twice a Northern Ireland B international, he went on to win eighteen senior caps for Northern Ireland.

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