Jay Bothroyd is an English professional football striker currently playing for Football League Championship side Cardiff City.
Of Guyanese descent, Bothroyd was born in Islington, London. Having initially been on the books at Arsenal, Bothroyd was sold as an eighteen year-old to Coventry City, after throwing his shirt at the bench after the 2000 Premier League Youth Cup final against West Ham United after being substituted. In the three years he played for Coventry, he scored seventeen goals in total, despite making little impact in his first season, after making his debut against Preston North End in the League Cup.
Bothroyd failed to settle in Italy, and joined Blackburn Rovers in August 2004 on loan from Perugia. After getting sent off against Norwich City for violent conduct, after kicking opposing midfielder Mattias Jonson, he was unable to cement a place in the first team and returned to Perugia at the end of the season. He did manage to score once in the league for Blackburn, during a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in October 2004. In 2008 Bothroyd held an interview with newspaper the South Wales Echo where he revealed that he, along with other teammates, was the subject of regular racist abuse while playing in Italy.
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