James Wallace was thrust into the Goodison spotlight along with a few
other kids from the Everton Academy when the start of the new 2008-09
season "came too soon" for the Everton hierarchy, who seemed oblivious to
the new seven sub rule and had forgotten to bring in any new players.
Obviously one of the few Everton youngsters to actually impress Moyes,
he had escaped the axe that cut short the aspirations of a number of his
teammates in the annual cull at end of that season. Wallace had advanced almost
unheralded from the Academy, with very few appearances in the
Everton Academy 2007-08 Under-18s side.
He made the extended subs bench for both opening games — that was until
Everton finally brought in some more experienced warm bodies from foreign
parts to make up the numbers. He made the subs bench on a further ten
occasions through he season but was allowed to develop further for
another season in the Reserves before finally earning his debut as a sub
in a Europa League qualifier in the Czech Republic, against Sigma Olomouc.
Wallace was subsequently named among the subs in a further eight senior
matches through December 2009 but failed to make it onto the field again
for the Everton first team, despite staying on books for another 2½
Following a string of loans to Bury, Stockport County, Shrewsbury
Town, Stevenage and Tranmere Rovers, he made a permanent move to
Tranmere in June 2012. He made the upward move to Sheffield United in
2014 before Tranmere dropped out of the Football League at the end of
the next season.
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