- Born: 14/07/1988
- Birthplace: Birmingham
- Nationality: English
- Apps/ Goals: 11 (49) / 9
- Debut: 2005 (v Crystal Palace at Goodison)
James joined Everton's Academy programme at nine years of age.
He was spotted by the Blues' talent scouts while playing in the Preston area. He was a member of the 2003 Milk Cup winning squad and voted by his fellow team-mates as the Under-16s player of the season for 2003/4.
James scored a number of goals for the reserve team during the 2004/05 season, catching the eye of the manager. He was named among the substitutes for the first time on Saturday, February 19th for the FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester United and was also named in the Blues' 16 a week later for the 3-1 win at Aston Villa.
Vaughan's 73rd-minute substitute appearance against Crystal Palace on April 10, 2005, ensured that the 16-year-old from Birmingham broke Joe Royle's record as the club's youngest first-team player by 11 days, as he was just 16 years and 271 days old. However Vaughan's record has since been broken by Academy graduate, Jose Baxter, who at 16 years and 191 days made his debut against Blackburn in August 2008.
Then his 84th-minute strike not only made him Everton's youngest-ever scorer, surpassing Wayne Rooney at 16 years 360 days, but he also overtook James Milner as the Premiership's youngest scorer, who previously held the record at 16 years 357 days.
James signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2005, agreeing a two-year contract.
But early in the 2005/06 campaign he sustained a knee ligament injury whilst on international duty with England Under-18s. A series of complications meant the young striker was sidelined for the remainder of the campaign and did not have the chance to establish himself as a regular in the senior squad.
He returned to the first-team frame in 2006/07, netting his first senior goal for 18 months as a sub in a 2-0 win over West Ham in December. In the final third of the season he made a string of first-team starts, his first coming in the 1-0 win over Arsenal in March.
He netted three times in six games at the end of the season, signed a long-term four-year contract and was named the Club's Young Player of the Season.
Vaughan was called into Stuart Pearce's squad for the European Under 21 Championships in the summer of 2007 and made his debut against Italy, coming on as a late substitute.
Heartbreak soon followed for James when he dislocated his shoulder in the pre-season friendly with Preston North End in July.
The young striker returned to first-team action in November and promptly scored on his first appearance of the season against Birmingham City.
Vaughan remained in and around the first-team fold until early March, when a knee injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.
He returned at the start of the 2008/09 season before another stroke of bad luck saw him suffer yet another knee injury.
Vaughan again required surgery and appeared unlikely to figure again that season. But he recovered well and was back in time to play - and score a vital penalty - in the FA Cup semi final win over Manchester United. He also made a brief appearance in the final.
In September 2009, Derby County swooped to take him on a three month loan deal but this was cut short by another knee injury.
Vaughan returned to action with Everton in December, scoring a vital goal in the win over Burnley at the end of the year.
And in March he headed out for a loan spell with Championship promotion chasers Leicester City.
Again fitness was a problem but Vaughan still helped Leicester to the play-offs, which ultimately ended in disappointment.
On September 8 2010, Vaughan joined Championship side Crystal Palace on loan for three months.
He returned in December, having played 14 games - scoring five times and bagging a first senior hat-trick.
But after one January substitute appearance in the Merseyside derby, Vaughan headed back to Palace on loan until the end of the season.
At the end of the 2010/11 season he joined Norwich for an undisclosed fee.