26 Facts About James McClean

1. James McClean has donated £500 to an online fund set up to support the family of a missing Derry man.

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2. James McClean donated €1,200 to help pay for the funeral of a two-year-old boy who was struck by a car.

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3. James McClean donated £1000 to help pay for specialist proton therapy in Florida for a four-year-old child suffering from cancer.

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4. James McClean made another significant donation to the Wells facility in the Bogside, for up to 24 men who have alcohol problems.

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5. James McClean donated £1,500 for a custom hand cycle bike help a child who was suffering from Spina Bifida.

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6. James McClean made a significant donation to homeless people at the Wells and Foyle Valley House in Derry.

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7. James McClean has made a number of charitable donations to the less fortunate in society.

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8. James McClean admitted all charges, and in April 2013 was tried in absentia at Antrim Magistrates' Court and fined £700.

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9. James McClean was further charged for being an unaccompanied learner driver and not displaying "L" plates on his car.

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10. James McClean donated this plain shirt, signed, to a charity auction in aid of a Dublin-based children's charity.

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11. James McClean made his international debut on 29 February 2012, coming on in the 78th minute for Aiden McGeady in a friendly against the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium.

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12. James McClean decided to wait for selection by the Republic of Ireland and therefore pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad.

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13. James McClean has represented Northern Ireland seven times at Under 21 level.

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14. James McClean had represented Northern Ireland at a number of junior levels, but ultimately opted to represent the Republic of Ireland at senior level.

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15. James McClean made his Stoke debut on 5 August 2018 against Leeds United.

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16. James McClean joined Stoke City in July 2018 on a four-year contract for a fee of £5million.

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17. James McClean was given an improved contract extension until 2019, with the option of a further year.

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18. James McClean signed for Championship club Wigan Athletic on a three-year contract on 8 August 2013.

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19. James McClean scored in the third round as well, scoring in the 82nd minute away at Milton Keynes Dons.

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20. On 23 March, Sunderland announced that James McClean had signed a new contract intended to force him to stay at the club until the summer of 2015.

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21. James McClean joined Sunderland on 9 August 2011 for a fee of £350,000, signing a three-year contract.

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22. James McClean had negotiations with Lincoln City in November 2009, but this did not result in a contract, after McClean felt homesick.

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23. James McClean made his League of Ireland debut as a substitute for Kevin McHugh at Turner's Cross on 8 September 2008.

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24. In February 2012, James McClean received international clearance from FIFA which made him eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland, making his debut against the Czech Republic in the same month.

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25. James McClean was born and brought up in Derry and played for the Northern Ireland national under-21 football team, but declined a call-up to the senior squad because he wanted to play for the Republic of Ireland.

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26. James McClean played with Trojans, Institute, his hometown club Derry City, and Sunderland before moving to Wigan Athletic in August 2013.

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