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Jacob Alexander Mellis (born 8 January 1991)[1] is a professional English footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two club Mansfield Town.

Jacob Mellis
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Mellis warming-up for Chelsea in 2010
Personal information
Full name Jacob Alexander Mellis
Date of birth (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2007 Sheffield United
2007–2009 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Chelsea 0 (0)
2009–2010Southampton (loan) 12 (0)
2011Barnsley (loan) 15 (2)
2012–2014 Barnsley 66 (8)
2014–2015 Blackpool 13 (0)
2015Oldham Athletic (loan) 7 (0)
2015–2017 Bury 58 (3)
2017– Mansfield Town 53 (3)
National team
2006–2007 England U16 6 (0)
2007–2008 England U17 3 (1)
2009–2010 England U19 12 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:06, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Contents

CareerEdit

ChelseaEdit

Mellis was born in Nottingham and started his career as a trainee with Sheffield United, before joining Premier League club Chelsea for £1 million in June 2007. He was a member of the Chelsea team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup under manager Paul Clement in 2008, but was sent-off in the 90th minute of the second leg, as Chelsea lost 4–2 on aggregate to Manchester City.[2] In the 2008–09 season, he became a regular in Chelsea's reserves making 13 appearances with three goals.[3]

In August 2009, he joined Southampton on loan[4] and made his Saints debut a day after signing, as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat at Huddersfield Town.[5] He returned to Chelsea in January 2010[6] but did not make a senior appearance until November that year, in what would be his only Chelsea first team game, coming on in added time as a substitute against MŠK Žilina in the UEFA Champions League.[7]

The following January, Mellis signed for Barnsley on a five-month loan.[8] Mellis made his Barnsley debut the next day, in a 2–0 win over Preston North End.[9] He scored his first Barnsley goal in a next game on 5 February 2011 in a 4–1 defeat to Leicester City,[10] which he scored in the next game seven days later against Ipswich Town.[11] Mellis went on to make fifteen appearance and scoring two times.

In March 2012, Mellis was sacked by Chelsea after he admitted setting off a smoke grenade and causing a full-scale evacuation at the club's Cobham Training Centre.[12] Mellis's teammate Billy Clifford escaped with a fine after admitting he brought the grenade – understood to be from a paintball expedition – into Chelsea's Cobham training headquarters.[13] Following his release by Chelsea, Mellis went on trial at Queens Park Rangers.[14] Manager Mark Hughes was impressed with his performance and was keen to extend his trial at the club.[15]

BarnsleyEdit

On 18 June 2012, Mellis agreed a two-year deal with Championship side Barnsley.[16] During a pre-season friendly against Rotherham United, on 21 July 2012, Mellis scored the first goal in the New York Stadium since its opening on 12 March 2012.[17]

Mellis made his Barnsley debut since joining the club permanently, where he set up a goal for John Stones, in the first round of League Cup, and played 120 minutes in a 4–3 win over Rochdale.[18] Seven days later, Mellis made his league debut in the opening game of the season, in a 1–0 win over Middlesbrough.[19] Mellis scored his first goal for Barnsley during a 1–0 win over Bristol City on 1 September 2012,[20] followed scoring his second goal three weeks later on 18 September 2012, in a 2–1 loss against Blackburn Rovers.[21] The following game against Birmingham City on 22 September 2012, Mellis provided a hat-trick assist, in a 5–0 win.[22] Two months later on 24 November 2012, Mellis' fourth goal came in a 2–1 win over Cardiff City.[23] Soon after, Mellis suffered a dead leg that kept him out for month.[24] After a month on the sidelined, Mellis made his first team return, where he came on as a substitute for Jim O'Brien, in a 2–0 win over Leeds United on 12 January 2013.[25] Following his return, Mellis went on to score three more goals against Wolves,[26] Sheffield Wednesday[27] and Hull City (which later awarded 2012–13 Goal of the Season award).[28][29] After helping the club remained in the Championship, Mellis finished his first full season at Barnsley, scoring six goals in thirty-six appearance.

In the 2013–14 season, Mellis continued to be in the first team, though he suffered injuries.[30][31] Mellis scored his first Barnsley goal of the 2013–14 season on 3 December 2013, in a 2–1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.[32] Twenty-Eight days later on 1 January 2014, Mellis scored the club's first 2014-goal when he scored from a free-kick, in a 1–1 draw against Birmingham City.[33][34] Then on 1 February 2014, Mellis was sent-off in the last minutes after he "recklessly" jumped in on Wednesday winger Jacques Maghoma, in a 1–0 loss against Sheffield Wednesday.[35] After serving three match ban,[36] Mellis returned to the first team on 22 February 2014, in a 1–0 win over Millwall.[37] Towards the end of the season, Mellis' playing time was soon reduced slightly, due to being on the bench.

Following Barnsley's relegation to League One in 2014, Mellis was offered a new contract at Oakwell,[38] but he turned it down and subsequently left the club.[39]

BlackpoolEdit

On 28 July 2014, Mellis signed a one-year deal with Championship side Blackpool, along with two other players.[40] Three days later, Mellis' medical was passed at Blackpool.[41]

Mellis made his Blackpool debut in the opening game of the season, in a 2–0 loss against Nottingham Forest.[42] However, Mellis suffered an injury during a match against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup.[43] After a month out, Mellis made his first team return at Blackpool, in a 3–1 loss against Norwich City on 27 September 2014.[44] Once again, Mellis suffered an injury that kept him out for weeks.[45]

With his first team opportunities limited under manager Lee Clark, Mellis went on loan to League One side Oldham Athletic in January 2015.[46] Mellis made his Oldham Athletic debut, coming on as a substitute for Carl Winchester in the 72nd minutes, in a 3–2 loss against Gillingham two days later.[47] After spending two months without being used in the first team, Mellis made his Oldham Athletic return, where he came on as a substitute for Joseph Mills in the 77th minutes, in a 2–0 loss against Crawley Town on 6 April 2015.[48] Mellis went on to make seven appearance for the club.

At the end of the 2014–15 season, Mellis was released by Blackpool in May 2015.[49] After being released by Blackpool, Mellis was soon linked with a move to Fleetwood Town and Rochdale.[50]

BuryEdit

Mellis joined Football League One side Bury on 30 June 2015 on a two-year contract.[51]

Mellis made his Bury debut in the opening game of the season, coming on as a substitute for Tom Pope in the 55th minute, in a 1–1 draw against Doncaster Rovers.[52] Mellis scored his first goal for Bury on 3 September 2016 in a 4–1 win over Port Vale.[53]

Mansfield TownEdit

On 19 May 2017 Mellis joined League Two club Mansfield Town.[54] In June 2019 he signed a new contract with Mansfield.[55] In August 2019 Mellis and Mansfield teammate Dion Donohue were suspended by the club for "an alleged serious breach of club discipline".[56] Mellis was fined two weeks wages, whilst Donohue was released by the club.[57]

International careerEdit

Mellis has represented England at all levels from under-16,[58] England U17 and England U19.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

In April 2012, Mellis was arrested after a fight with his girlfriend at his Cobham, Surrey home. Both parties accepted police cautions for common assault.[59]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 26 September 2017[60]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2009–10[61] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[62] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2011–12[63] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Southampton (loan) 2009–10[61] League One 12 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 15 0
Barnsley (loan) 2010–11[62] Championship 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
Barnsley 2012–13[64] Championship 36 6 3 0 2 0 0 0 41 6
2013–14[65] Championship 30 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 33 2
Total 81 10 4 0 4 0 0 0 89 10
Blackpool 2014–15[66] Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2014–15[66] League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Bury 2015–16[67] League One 23 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 28 0
2016–17[68] League One 35 3 2 0 1 0 3 0 41 3
Total 58 3 4 0 3 0 4 0 71 3
Mansfield Town 2017–18[69] League Two 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Career total 179 14 8 0 8 0 7 0 202 14

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