Jay’s prize for scoring was a piggy back from team mate Darius Henderson
His team might be struggling at the foot of the Premiership, but you can guarantee Watford centre back Jay DeMerit is enjoying every minute of his debut season in the top flight.
Two years ago Jay was plying his trade for tiny Northwood FC in (deep breath) The British Gas Business Southern Football League Premier Division. Watford spotted his prowess, snapped him up and Jay completed a fairy tale ascent to the top eschelons of British football by scoring the winning goal in last year’s Play Off Final.
Now Jay is taking time out from marshalling Wayne Rooney, Thierry Henry et al to raise funds for a cause close to his heart – Cancer Research UK.
As Jay explains on his Justgiving page, "When I played for Northwood, my assistant coach’s father died of the disease and I thought about how precious life is, and how swiftly and cruelly it can be snatched away."
Jay has recorded a single, Soccer Rocks, with some friends from his home town of Minneapolis and all proceeds will go to Cancer Research.
Jay lines up for Watford against Liverpool next week, so in a quiet moment before Alonso swings a corner into the box, we reckon he should ask Stevie Gerrard and Peter Crouch to donate a few quid.
You can listen to Soccer Rocks and download it here. Or donate to Jay’s page here.