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Reece James (footballer, born 1993)

Reece James (born 7 November 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays for League One club Doncaster Rovers. His usual position is as a left-back, but he can also play in midfield when required.

Reece James
Reece James 2018.jpg
James playing for Wigan Athletic in 2018
Personal information
Full name Reece James[1]
Date of birth (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Bacup, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.69 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
Number 3
Youth career
Rossendale United
Blackburn Rovers
Preston North End
2012–2013 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Manchester United 0 (0)
2013Carlisle United (loan) 1 (0)
2014–2015Rotherham United (loan) 7 (0)
2015Huddersfield Town (loan) 6 (1)
2015–2018 Wigan Athletic 48 (1)
2018–2019 Sunderland 27 (0)
2019– Doncaster Rovers 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:55, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

After spending time as a youth player with Rossendale United, Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End, James followed his brother Matty to Manchester United in 2012; however, he failed to break into the first team, and after loan spells with Carlisle United, Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town, he made a permanent move to Wigan Athletic in 2015. After three years with Wigan, James joined Sunderland on a free transfer at the end of the 2017–18 season.

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CareerEdit

Born in Bacup, Lancashire,[2] James began his football career as a youth player with local club Rossendale United, and spent time with Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End before signing for Manchester United in July 2012.[3]

Manchester UnitedEdit

He signed for Carlisle on a half-season loan contract in July 2013,[4] and made his professional debut on the opening day of the 2013–14 season in Carlisle's 5–1 home defeat to Leyton Orient.[5] However, he suffered an injury shortly before half time in Carlisle's penalty shoot-out victory against Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup on 7 August,[6] and returned to Manchester United on 24 September 2013.[7]

After returning to Manchester United, James was ever-present in the club's reserve team for the remainder of the season, and his performances led to a nomination for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award, ultimately losing to Saidy Janko.[8] He made his first-team debut in the opening match of the club's pre-season tour of the United States on 23 July 2014, and scored twice from a left-wing-back role as Manchester United beat the LA Galaxy 7–0.[9]

On 26 November 2014, James was sent on loan to Rotherham United for two months. After eight appearances, including one in the FA Cup, he returned to Manchester United on 26 January 2015. On 26 March, he joined Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[10] He made his debut in the 1–1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough Stadium on 4 April 2015.[11] His first goal for the club came in the 4–4 draw with Derby County at the John Smith's Stadium on 18 April 2015, when he scored directly from a corner to give Town a 3–1 lead.[12]

Wigan AthleticEdit

On 21 July 2015, James joined Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[13] After being largely ever present for the first half of the season an injury suffered in a 3–1 victory over Chesterfield, in which James scored his first goal for the club,[14] led to him missing the remainder of the 2015/16 season and the majority of the following season.[15][16]

He was released by Wigan at the end of the 2017–18 season.[17]

SunderlandEdit

He subsequently signed a one-year deal with Sunderland on 2 July 2018.[18]

Doncaster RoversEdit

It was announced that James had signed for Doncaster Rovers on a two-year deal on 19 June 2019 for an undisclosed fee.[19][20]

Personal lifeEdit

James' father, Linton James, played non-league football for Bacup Borough and later worked as assistant manager of the club. He attended Fearns Community Sports College.[21] His brother, Matty, who is also a product of the Manchester United academy, currently plays for Leicester City.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 31 March 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2013–14[23] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[24] 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Carlisle United (loan) 2013–14[23] League One 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2014–15[24] Championship 7 0 1 0 8 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2014–15[24] Championship 6 1 6 1
Wigan Athletic 2015–16[25] League One 26 1 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 29 1
2016–17[26] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[27] League One 22 0 4 0 1 0 1[a] 0 28 0
Total 48 1 5 0 2 0 2 0 57 1
Sunderland 2018–19 League One 27 0 2 0 1 0 4[a] 0 34 0
Doncaster Rovers 2019–20[28] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 89 2 8 0 5 0 6 0 108 2
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in the EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Wigan Athletic

Sunderland

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 3 September 2014. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "R. James: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "41. Reece James". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Carlisle United sign Manchester United defender Reece James". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  5. ^ Hall, Andy (3 August 2013). "Match Report: United 1–5 Orient". carlisleunited.co.uk. Carlisle United FC. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Carlisle 3–3 Blackburn (4–3 on pens)". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 7 August 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  7. ^ Hall, Andy (24 September 2013). "Breaking: Defender returns to Manchester United". carlisleunited.co.uk. Carlisle United FC. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  8. ^ Marshall, Adam (8 May 2014). "Janko earns Reserves gong". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  9. ^ Stone, Simon (24 July 2014). "Man Utd beat LA Galaxy: Louis van Gaal off to winning start". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Man Utd defender Reece James joins Huddersfield Town on loan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Sheff Wed 1–1 Huddersfield". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Huddersfield 4–4 Derby". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  13. ^ Hibbs, Ben (21 July 2015). "Young Reds defender joins Wigan Athletic". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Wigan Athletic 3–1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Mystery surrounds James' ankle injury". www.wigantoday.net. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  16. ^ Wilson, Paul (28 January 2017). "Wigan's Reece James to realise dream against Manchester United in FA Cup". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Wigan Athletic in talks with five out-of-contract players after League One title win". BBC Sport. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Sunderland confirm signing of Reece James on free transfer". Sky Sports. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Rovers sign Sunderland defender Reece James". Doncaster Rovers Official Site. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  20. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48691538
  21. ^ "Dream debut for Valley star Matty". Rossendale Free Press. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  22. ^ Bostock, Adam (15 July 2013). "James departs on loan". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Reece James in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  24. ^ a b c "Games played by Reece James in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  25. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  29. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2018). Football Yearbook 2018–2019. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 382–383. ISBN 978-1-4722-6106-9.
  30. ^ Williams, Adam (31 March 2019). "Portsmouth 2–2 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 May 2019.

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