Ryan Jarvis made his U19 Academy debut on 24th March 2001 as
a substitute in the 1-0 defeat against Peterborough. He then captained
the Under 15 side that won the Northern Ireland Milk Cup in July
2001. The Canaries youngsters began by beating Coventry City 3-1
with goals from Liam Hunn, Ryan Jarvis
and Danny Crow. A New York Select XI was
dispatched 4-0 before Everton were defeated 3-2 ( Ryan Jarvis,
Lee Howlett and Josh
Clarke) in the Quarter Final. Two goals from Lee
Catchpole were enough to give the young Norwich side vivotry
over the Republic of Ireland Development Squad after the Irish
took the lead. The final against Hearts was 0-0 at the end of
the 30 minutes each way game, and went into golden goal time,
in which Jarvis scored the winning goal. This meant that Norwich
became the first side to win the Milk Cup on three occasions adding
to their victories in 1991 and 1992. Jarvis was named man-of-the-match
for the final and player-of-the-tournament for the 2001 Milk Cup,
in the under-15 age group.
Ryan was called up for the England Under 16s on 18th October 2001
for the clash with Spain. Jarvis then underlined his future potential
with a sensational first-half performance for England Under-17s
against Sweden on 31st July. Defending their Nordic International
Tournament title, John McDermott's young charges swept to a 5-2
win over their hosts with 16-year-old Jarvis proving the inspiration
as the Fakenham youngster hit four goals before the break. Sammy
Morgan stated "He's a lad who's capable of scoring
goals, but also capable of scoring different goals."
However, Morgan insists that City's latest young prospect has
his feet nailed firmly to the floor. The fact that father Neil
is the manager of Fakenham Town also helps."His father's
a football man and that helps his parents have been very
supportive and the lad himself has got a lovely attitude. Very
realistic," said Morgan, well aware of the pressure and
pitfalls that can await. "We have a wee chat with him
before he goes to tell him what to expect and have another chat
when he comes back to discuss how he's got on. What we try and
do is just make sure that in amongst all these little successes
we all stay realistic and keep his feet on the floor. But he's
a good, decent kid." (Thanks to the Pink
Un for quotes from Sammy Morgan)
Ryan then followed England's Nordic Up victory with a fine performance
for Norwich's academy side in the Doetinchem international tournement
where Norwich finished third, beating FC Copenhagen in the play-offs.
Jarvis finished second leading scorer in a tournament which also
included Ajax, Anderlecht and a USA representative side.
Whilst still a First Year Academy scholar at Carrow Road, he
was handed the number 23 first team squad number in November 2002.
This came after he had trained with the first team, and had come
very close to being named as a substitute for the home clash against
Derby County. Ryan's form for the academy side and England youths
forced manager Nigel Worthington
to state that Ryan is contracted to the club in face of alleged
speculation that Premiership sides were interested in the latest
In March 2003 Ryan helped England's Under-17s qualify for the
European Championship in Portugal by scoring in a 2-0 win over
the Czech Republic and playing in a 2-0 win over Scotland. In
total, he has 22 schoolboy caps and has scored on eight ocassions.
Ryan wrote himself into the Norwich City history books on April
19th 2003 when his appearance as substitute at Walsall meant that
he was the youngest ever player to play for the first team, aged
just 16 years and 282 days. His full debut came two days later
in the 3-0 home defeat to Wolves.
At the end of July 2003, Ryan signed a three year professional
contract with the Canaries, with the option of another year's
The 2003/4 season saw fewer opportunities for Jarvis, especially
with the signing of Darren Huckerby and Leon McKenzie. He did
though score his first senior goal, making him City's ever youngest
goalscorer. His season also suffered from injuries meaning that
he missed the FA Youth cup clash at Old Trafford against Manchester
United. Surprisingly, he was then called up to the England Under-19
squad for a friendly in Germany on March 30th although he would
still qualify at Under-18 level. With no games currently planned
at that level, the Under-19 coach Dick Bate is obviously looking
to see if he can be of help at the UEFA Under-19 qualifying tournament
in Slovenia in May
Althouh Ryan scored a wonderful goal in the Premiership for Norwich
against Liverpool at Christmas 2004, he was never a first team
regular and at the end of March 2005, Nigel Worthington allowed
him to join Colchester on loan until the end of the 2005/6 season.
Unable to break into the first team during 2006/7, Peter
Grant allowed him to join Leyton Orient on loan for a month
starting 15th February 2007. Although he didn't score on his debut,
he netted a hat-trick in his second game - away to Millwall on
20th February 2007 which the O'sn 5-2 and then scored twice on
24th February in a 3-1 home win over Tranmere. In mid-March 2007,
Peter Grant allowed Ryan's loan at Brisbane Road to be extended
to the end of the season, although there is a 24hour recall clause.
Towards the end of August 2007, Ryan was loaned out once again
- this time joining Scottish side Kilmarnock for six months. He
returned to Norwich in January and played in the FA Cup draw at
home to Bury. Glenn Roeder then decided
to let him go out on loan again. Although he was linked with Leyton
Orient, he joined Notts County on 31st January 2008 until the
end of the 2007/8 season. "I think Ryan in particular
needs to be playing first team football if he is going to get
his career going and whether we can offer that to him or not remains
to be seen," said Roeder
Ryan was one of nine players, including his brother Rossi, to
be released by Norwich on 6th May 2008. After being linked with
a move to Scandinavia, Ryan in fact returned to Leyton Orient
signing a two year contract on 25th June 2008.
On 26th November 2010, Jarvis joined Northampton Town on loan
until 3rd January 2011 and will be permitted to play in the Cobbler's
Secd Round FA Cup tie the following day. Jarvis had scored 13
goals in 95 games for Orient, including 3 in 11 appearances in
the 2010/11 season.
Jarvis returned to Orient and finished the season with 18 appearances
and 4 goals. He was released in early May 2011 when his contract
expired.. He signed for Walsall at the beginning of July 2011
On 1st March 2012, Ryan joined Torquay on loan until the end
of the season. He had scored three goals from 11 starts and 14
substitute appearances for Walsall. "He's played not as
regularly as he wanted to at Walsall" said Gulls boss
Martin Ling."I know him from my days at Leyton Orient,
he came when we were in League One struggling at the bottom of
the league and had a great impact on us. He scored loads of goals
very, very quickly and got us out of a hole that we were in and
it set us up for the rest of the season." Ryan's brother
Rossi also played on loan for Torquay.
Ryan made his switch to Torquay permanent on 28th May 2012, signing
a one year contract.
In May 2013, Ryan signed for York City, teaming once again with
On 13th January 2015, Ryan joined Aldershot on loan until the
end of the 2014/15 season. He had played nine gmaes for the Minsterman
in the 2014/15 season without scoring.
Jarvis was released by York on 7th May 2015.
Jarvis joined Lowestoft in 2015.
On 3rd June 2017, he signed for Southern League side Kings Lynn Town. Jarvis played as Kings Lynn won promotion to the National League (North) in 2018/19 after finishing second in the Southern League and winning the play-offs against Warrington Town (Northern League) on 11th May 2019.
On 17th June 2020 it was confirmed that Lynn were winners of the National League South, on a points per game basis due to the premature ending of the season because of Covid-19, and would be promoted into the National League.
At the end of May 2021 it was announced that Jarvis would be leaving the club due to his inability to commit to full time football due to his role with Norwich City Community Sports Foundation.. Although he had become involved with coaching at Lynn, he wasn't ready to hang up his boots and joined Lowestoft on 10th June 2021. "I am delighted to get the paperwork done and finally being able to announce this one," said Lowestoft boss Jamie Godbold "When I heard that Jarv was available I was straight on the phone and if there was someone who'd been in touch with him before me then they must have been with him at that moment!"
Lowestoft were relegated from the Southern League Premier Central Division on 22nd April 2022.
On 6th June 2022 Ryan signed for Leiston. Blues joint boss Darren Eadie said of Ryan’s addition to the squad: -"Ryan will bring valuable experience from higher level clubs in his career, and also leadership on the pitch to help our younger players to develop’.