Jim Ervin Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: James Ervin
  • Born: June 5th, 1985 (Belfast)
  • Position: Defender
  • Signed: January 8th, 2014
  • First Manager: Glenn Ferguson
  • Career Totals: 277 appearances, 3 goals
  • Also Played For: Carrick Rangers, Linfield, Nottingham Forest


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
2020-2021 23 (1) 0 5 0 54.2% 8.3% 37.5%
2019-2020 35 (1) 0 2 0 30.6% 22.2% 47.2%
2018-2019 40 1 4 0 65.0% 12.5% 22.5%
2017-2018 50 0 10 0 40.0% 14.0% 46.0%
2016-2017 49 0 6 0 55.1% 12.2% 32.7%
2015-2016 43 1 6 2 37.2% 16.3% 46.5%
2014-2015 16 (2) 0 0 0 55.6% 5.6% 38.9%
2013-2014 16 (1) 1 3 0 41.2% 17.6% 41.2%
Totals: 272 (5) 3


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 29/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H) 4 - 2
 25/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H) 3 - 0
 18/05/21 Semi final vs. Linfield (N) 0 - 3
 15/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A) 3 - 1
 11/05/21 Quarter final vs. Dergview (H) 5 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 11/02/19 Round 6 vs. Portadown (H) 4 - 1
 12/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H) 6 - 1
 14/01/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A) 3 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 11/02/19 Round 6 vs. Portadown (H)  4 - 1
 12/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  6 - 1
 14/01/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  3 - 2

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 29/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H)  4 - 2
 25/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  3 - 0
 18/05/21 Semi final vs. Linfield (N)  0 - 3
 15/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  3 - 1
 11/05/21 Quarter final vs. Dergview (H)  5 - 0
 08/05/21 Round 2 vs. PSNI (RUC) (H)  5 - 0
 04/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  4 - 0
 01/05/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  3 - 1
 27/04/21 Round 1 vs. Portadown (H)  4 - 1
 24/04/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 2
 17/04/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 2
 10/04/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  2 - 3
 06/04/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 2
 30/03/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  2 - 0
 27/03/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  5 - 1
 23/03/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 1
 20/03/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  2 - 2
 13/03/21 Irish League vs. Portadown (H)  2 - 1
 09/03/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  2 - 0
 23/02/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  1 - 2
 20/02/21 Irish League vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 2
 16/02/21 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 1
 31/10/20 NIFL Premiership vs. Larne (A)  0 - 2
 24/10/20 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 3
 31/07/20 Final vs. Glentoran (N)  1 - 2
 27/07/20 Semi final vs. Coleraine (N)  1 - 1
 18/01/20 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  0 - 3
 04/01/20 Round 5 vs. Crumlin Star (H)  2 - 0
 01/01/20 NIFL Premiership vs. Larne (H)  2 - 3
 28/12/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  0 - 2
 26/12/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  0 - 2
 20/12/19 Irish League vs. Glenavon (H)  2 - 1
 14/12/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  3 - 2
 07/12/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 0
 30/11/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  1 - 2
 26/11/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 2
 23/11/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (H)  1 - 1
 20/11/19 Semi final vs. HW Welders (H)  4 - 0
 16/11/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 1
 09/11/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 02/11/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Larne (H)  0 - 3
 29/10/19 Quarter final vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 2
 25/10/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  1 - 3
 19/10/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 2
 15/10/19 Quarter final vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 1
 12/10/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 1
 05/10/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (A)  1 - 1
 28/09/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  2 - 1
 21/09/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  1 - 3
 18/09/19 Round 3 vs. Rangers Colts (H)  0 - 1
 14/09/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 1
 10/09/19 Round 1 vs. Dundela (H)  2 - 1
 07/09/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  4 - 0
 30/08/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 24/08/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  1 - 2
 17/08/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Larne (A)  4 - 2
 10/08/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  2 - 2
 11/07/19 1st Qual. Rnd - Leg 1 vs. Malmo (A)  0 - 7
 04/07/19 Prelim. Round - Leg 2 vs. NSI Runavik (A)  0 - 0
 27/06/19 Prelim. Round - Leg 1 vs. NSI Runavik (H)  2 - 0
 23/04/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  4 - 3
 20/04/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 0
 13/04/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  1 - 1
 05/04/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  0 - 1
 23/03/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  1 - 2
 19/03/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (H)  6 - 1
 16/03/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  0 - 2
 09/03/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  4 - 0
 02/03/19 Quarter final vs. Crusaders (A)  0 - 3
 26/02/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  2 - 1
 23/02/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 16/02/19 Final vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 11/02/19 Round 6 vs. Portadown (H)  4 - 1
 09/02/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (A)  2 - 1
 26/01/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (H)  4 - 1
 19/01/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  2 - 0
 12/01/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  2 - 2
 05/01/19 Round 5 vs. Dundela (A)  3 - 1
 01/01/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  2 - 3
 29/12/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Newry (H)  3 - 1
 26/12/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  3 - 3
 22/12/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (H)  2 - 0
 11/12/18 Semi final vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 0
 08/12/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  4 - 2
 01/12/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 1
 23/11/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Newry (A)  2 - 1
 20/11/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 1
 17/11/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  2 - 1
 13/11/18 Quarter final vs. Ards (A)  1 - 0
 10/11/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  1 - 0
 02/11/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  2 - 1
 20/10/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  1 - 1
 13/10/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (A)  2 - 1
 09/10/18 Round 3 vs. HW Welders (H)  1 - 0
 06/10/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Newry (H)  3 - 0
 29/09/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 2
 25/09/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  2 - 2
 22/09/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  2 - 3
 01/09/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  6 - 1
 28/08/18 Round 2 vs. Dollingstown (N)  5 - 1
 09/05/18 Semi final vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 4
 28/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 2
 21/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  0 - 0
 14/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  0 - 1
 07/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 2
 03/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  0 - 3
 26/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 0
 23/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  2 - 1
 20/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  2 - 1
 17/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  1 - 3
 13/03/18 Quarter final vs. Larne (H)  1 - 2
 10/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 2
 06/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  3 - 2
 27/02/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (A)  0 - 1
 24/02/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 3
 17/02/18 Final vs. Dungannon Swifts (N)  1 - 3
 10/02/18 Semi final vs. Cliftonville (H)  3 - 1
 03/02/18 Round 6 vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 2
 27/01/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 2
 23/01/18 Final vs. Crusaders (H)  2 - 4
 20/01/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (A)  0 - 1
 06/01/18 Round 5 vs. Moyola Park (H)  4 - 0
 30/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  3 - 1
 26/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 1
 22/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 2
 16/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  3 - 1
 02/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 1
 28/11/17 Semi final vs. Ards (H)  3 - 0
 25/11/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 1
 18/11/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  2 - 1
 15/11/17 Quarter final vs. Ards (H)  3 - 2
 11/11/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 1
 06/11/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  1 - 1
 28/10/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  3 - 3
 24/10/17 Quarter final vs. Glentoran (H)  1 - 0
 21/10/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  0 - 4
 14/10/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (H)  6 - 3
 10/10/17 Round 3 vs. Portadown (H)  2 - 0
 07/10/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  1 - 2
 30/09/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 2
 23/09/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (A)  3 - 1
 16/09/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  1 - 3
 09/09/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  3 - 1
 02/09/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  1 - 0
 29/08/17 Round 2 vs. Knockbreda (H)  3 - 0
 26/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 19/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  1 - 6
 15/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 11/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 4
 29/06/17 1st Qual. Rnd - Leg 1 vs. Odd BK (A)  0 - 3
 12/05/17 Final vs. Glenavon (H)  2 - 1
 08/05/17 Semi-final vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  5 - 2
 29/04/17 NIFL Premiership - Section A vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 1
 22/04/17 NIFL Premiership - Section A vs. Crusaders (H)  3 - 0
 18/04/17 NIFL Premiership - Section A vs. Cliftonville (H)  4 - 1
 15/04/17 NIFL Premiership - Section A vs. Linfield (H)  0 - 2
 08/04/17 NIFL Premiership - Section A vs. Glenavon (A)  0 - 3
 25/03/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  1 - 2
 21/03/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 1
 11/03/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H)  3 - 0
 04/03/17 Quarter final vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 4
 25/02/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (A)  2 - 1
 18/02/17 Final vs. Carrick Rangers (N)  2 - 0
 11/02/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 2
 04/02/17 Round 6 vs. HW Welders (A)  3 - 1
 28/01/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  3 - 1
 21/01/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 2
 14/01/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  3 - 2
 07/01/17 Round 5 vs. Cliftonville (H)  1 - 1
 03/01/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  3 - 4
 31/12/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (A)  2 - 4
 26/12/16 Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  2 - 0
 17/12/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 2
 13/12/16 Semi final vs. Coleraine (H)  3 - 0
 10/12/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 2
 03/12/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H)  2 - 0
 26/11/16 Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 2
 19/11/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  1 - 4
 16/11/16 Quarter final vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  2 - 0
 12/11/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  2 - 0
 08/11/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 4
 05/11/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (A)  4 - 2
 29/10/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  4 - 0
 25/10/16 Quarter final vs. Ards (H)  1 - 2
 22/10/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  0 - 5
 15/10/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  2 - 1
 12/10/16 Round 3 vs. Linfield (H)  4 - 1
 01/10/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  2 - 2
 24/09/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  4 - 1
 20/09/16 Round 1 vs. HW Welders (H)  3 - 0
 17/09/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (A)  2 - 0
 10/09/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  3 - 2
 03/09/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  2 - 2
 30/08/16 Round 2 vs. Newington YC (H)  4 - 1
 26/08/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  4 - 1
 20/08/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (H)  3 - 4
 13/08/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (A)  1 - 0
 10/08/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  3 - 3
 06/08/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  0 - 6
 30/04/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H)  0 - 2
 23/04/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  1 - 2
 19/04/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  1 - 4
 16/04/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  2 - 0
 09/04/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  4 - 2
 05/04/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  1 - 1
 02/04/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  2 - 2
 19/03/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  3 - 1
 12/03/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  0 - 0
 27/02/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  2 - 4
 20/02/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  0 - 2
 12/02/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 2
 23/01/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  0 - 4
 19/01/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  1 - 0
 12/01/16 Final vs. Linfield (A)  3 - 2
 09/01/16 Round 5 vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 2
 01/01/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (A)  4 - 3
 26/12/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 2
 19/12/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 3
 12/12/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  4 - 2
 05/12/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  2 - 4
 01/12/15 Semi final vs. Larne (A)  3 - 2
 28/11/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  2 - 3
 21/11/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H)  1 - 1
 18/11/15 Quarter final vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 2
 14/11/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (A)  1 - 0
 07/11/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  0 - 1
 31/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 27/10/15 Quarter final vs. Crusaders (A)  2 - 0
 24/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  1 - 0
 17/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  1 - 3
 14/10/15 Round 3 vs. Limavady United (A)  1 - 0
 10/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (A)  2 - 3
 03/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  2 - 4
 26/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  2 - 1
 22/09/15 Round 1 vs. Glebe Rangers (H)  5 - 0
 19/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  1 - 1
 12/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  6 - 1
 05/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1
 28/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 22/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  0 - 2
 15/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 2
 08/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 4
 25/04/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  1 - 0
 18/04/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 1
 11/04/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (A)  2 - 1
 07/04/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  2 - 1
 04/04/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 0
 28/03/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (A)  3 - 1
 21/03/15 Semi final vs. Portadown (N)  1 - 3
 14/03/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 3
 06/03/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  0 - 1
 28/02/15 Quarter final vs. HW Welders (A)  3 - 2
 21/02/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 1
 14/02/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (H)  3 - 0
 10/02/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  1 - 3
 07/02/15 Round 6 vs. Cliftonville (A)  2 - 1
 31/01/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 2
 24/01/15 Final vs. Cliftonville (N)  2 - 3
 17/01/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (A)  5 - 5
 10/01/15 Round 5 vs. Crumlin Star (H)  4 - 0
 03/05/14 Final vs. Glenavon (N)  1 - 2
 22/04/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  0 - 1
 19/04/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (A)  0 - 0
 05/04/14 Semi final vs. Queens University (N)  3 - 0
 22/03/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  2 - 1
 15/03/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  0 - 1
 07/03/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  0 - 3
 01/03/14 Quarter final vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  4 - 1
 22/02/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  3 - 2
 15/02/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  2 - 2
 08/02/14 Round 6 vs. Linfield (A)  2 - 1
 04/02/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  1 - 3
 01/02/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (A)  0 - 1
 21/01/14 Round 5 replay vs. HW Welders (H)  1 - 0
 18/01/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 2
 14/01/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  3 - 2
 11/01/14 Round 5 vs. HW Welders (A)  2 - 2


Biography

An inspired signing by Glenn Ferguson in January 2014, Ervin joined the Sky Blues after over almost a decade at Linfield and quickly became a firm favourite and a natural choice as club captain at the Showgrounds.

Born and bred on the Shankill Road, Jim Ervin started his football career at St. Andrews Boys Club which opened up the opportunity to join Nottingham Forest as an apprentice in 2002. Despite winning caps at various under-age levels for Northern Ireland, his two-year spell at the City Ground ended in 2004 without a contract or a single first-team appearance. Ervin guesting for Kenny Shiels' Ballymena United pre-season, he opted to sign for his boyhood club, Linfield, joining David Jeffrey's reigning league champions in August 2004.

Ervin's spell at Windsor Park coincided with a spell of domestic dominance by the South Belfast Blues, as the defender was an almost constant figure in the side, personally winning six Irish League championships and four Irish Cups amongst the 14 medals won during nine and half seasons with Linfield.

This included an historic 'Clean Sweep' of all domestic trophies in 2004/2005. Jim Ervin made 298 appearances and scored 22 goals for Linfield, with his final appearance coming in November 2013. He was granted a testimonial in July 2014, despite having then left the club ' a sign of the affiliation offered to the likeable defender.

The emergence of BJ Burns restricted opportunities at full-back, David Jeffrey granted the then 28-year-old a free transfer after nine and a half seasons. So well thought of by the Linfield, he was granted a testimonial game and dinner the following summer despite having left the club – with Jeffrey having departed as well by the time the game was played.

Despite interest from Coleraine, Ervin joined his former team-mate Glenn Ferguson in January 2014 and was drafted straight into the team, making his Sky Blues' debut in the Irish Cup fifth round tie with HW Welders. The full-back’s leadership and form was instrumental in his new team reaching the final of the same competition for the first time since 1989 (beating Linfield en-route). The final though proved to be a nightmare occasion for Jim as not only did United lose the showpiece final to Glenavon, but he ruptured his cruciate ligament and sadly left the game in the first half on a stretcher.

Ervin remained out of football for almost eight months but was jettisoned back into the starting eleven after a couple of sub appearances for another Windsor Park final for United's League Cup final defeat to Cliftonville in January 2015. Following a full recovery and a strong return to the team following the Cliftonville defeat, Ferguson made the bold appointment to name the experienced defender as club captain replacing Allan Jenkins (with the Scot's blessing) as the manager preferred a locally based leader of his team.

The following season It was eventually third time lucky for Jim, as he captained his side to victory over Linfield in the County Antrim Shield final in January 2016. Two months later Jim was re-united with his former manager David Jeffrey in a sensational swoop following the sacking of Ferguson in a season in which the 30-year-old achieved a club milestone of 100 appearances.

Ervin retained the captaincy and rolled back the years in the manager’s first full season (2016/2017) as the new-look Sky Blues became a force in the Irish League once again. Ervin led his team-mates to a top six finish for the first time since the introduction of the split and then victory in the play-offs which merited European qualification for the first-time in 13 years. The crowning glory was in February when Jim became the first Ballymena United captain to lift the League Cup in club history after defeating Carrick Rangers at Seaview.

The following 2017/2018 season was perceived as disappointing in context of increased expectations at he Showgrounds. Defeats in both the County Antrim Shield (against Crusaders) and League Cup finals (Dungannon Swifts) were missed opportunities for three successive years of silverware.

Career
(2002) Nottingham Forest; (Aug 2004) Linfield; (Jan 2014) Ballymena United; (Jun 2021) Carrick Rangers

Honours
(with Linfield)
Irish League: (winner) 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012; (runner-up) x
Irish Cup: (winner) 2010/2011, 2011/2012; (finalist) x
League Cup: (winner) x; (finalist) x
Setanta Cup: (winner) x; (finalist) x
County Antrim Shield: (winner) x; (finalist) 2010/2011, 2012/2013

(with Ballymena United)
League Cup: (winner) 2016/2017; (finalist) 2014/2015, 2017/2018, 2018/2019
County Antrim Shield: (winner) 2015/2016; (finalist) 2017/2018, 2019/2020
Irish League: (runner-up) 2018/2019
Irish Cup: (finalist) 2013/2014, 2019/2020

International Honours
Northern Ireland Under-21

Last updated: 11 June 2021



Debut (as sub)

January 11th, 2014
Harland and Wolff Welders 2 - 2 Ballymena United

Irish Cup (Round 5)

Full Debut

January 14th, 2014
Dungannon Swifts 2 - 3 Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Jim was born on this date in Belfast.

  • Signed For Ballymena United

    An inspired signing by Glenn Ferguson in January 2014, Ervin joined the Sky Blues after over almost a decade at Linfield and quickly became a firm favourite and a natural choice as club captain at the Showgrounds.

  • DEBUTANT Darren Boyce spared United's blushes with a dramatic late equaliser at Tillysburn Park to secure a 2-2 draw and a replay at the Showgrounds on Tuesday 21st.