Birmingham born James Vaughan was spotted by Everton at the age of nine and subsequently joined their youth team. He signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2005 and his goal against Crystal Palace that year overtook James Milner as the Premier League's youngest scorer at 16 years and 271 days as well as Wayne Rooney as Everton's youngest top flight goal scorer. Records that still stand to date
Loan spells at Derby County, Leicester City and Crystal Palace followed before moving permanently to Norwich City. In total he made 60 appearances for The Toffees scoring nine goals. Vaughan joined Huddersfield Town on loan in 2012 and in the summer of 2013 signed a three-year deal, however a loan move to his hometown club (Birmingham City) soon turned into a permanent move, a move that would realise a lifelong ambition in playing for the Blues. However, with chances becoming more and more limited at St Andrews, James joined the Shakers towards the end of August 2016 after being released by Birmingham. A player that has commanded transfer fees of over £3.5 over a decade, James has also represented England at U17, U19 and U21 level.