Jacob Mellis

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Jacob Mellis
Jacob Mellis.jpg
Mellis warming-up for Chelsea in 2010
Personal information
Full name Jacob Alexander Mellis[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Oldham Athletic
(on loan from Blackpool)
Number 14
Youth career
2002–2007 Sheffield United
2007–2009 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Chelsea 0 (0)
2009–2010 Southampton (loan) 12 (0)
2011 Barnsley (loan) 15 (3)
2012–2014 Barnsley 66 (8)
2014– Blackpool 13 (0)
2015- Oldham Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
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 04 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jacob Alexander Mellis (born 8 January 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Oldham Athletic on loan from Blackpool as a midfielder.



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 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]

On 14 August 2009, he joined Southampton on loan until January[4] and made his Saints debut the following day, as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat at Huddersfield Town.[5]

Mellis made his only senior appearance for Chelsea against MŠK Žilina in the UEFA Champions League on 23 November 2010, coming off the bench to replace Josh McEachran in added time.[6]

Mellis signed for Barnsley on loan during the January transfer window, with the loan deal scheduled to run until 8 May 2011.[7] Mellis scored his first Barnsley goal against Leicester City on 5 February 2011.[8]


On 18 June 2012, Mellis agreed a two-year deal with Championship side Barnsley.[9] Mellis scored his first goal for Barnsley during a 1–0 win over Bristol City. During a pre-season friendly against Rotherham United, on 21 July 2012, Jacob Mellis scored the first goal in the New York Stadium since its opening on 12 March 2012.

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


On 28 July 2014, Mellis signed a one-year deal with Blackpool.[10]

Oldham Athletic (loan)[edit]

On 22 January 2015, Mellis signed on loan until the end of the season at Oldham Athletic.[11]


On 19 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 ground.[12] Mellis's team-mate 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] The pair were suspended after the incident on 2 March.[14]

Less than a month later, on 9 April 2012, Mellis was arrested after a fight with his girlfriend at his Cobham home. They were admitted to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey and treated for scratches and bruises and subsequently arrested on suspicion of ABH. He was cautioned for common assault and criminal damage.[15]


  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Man City triumph in FA Youth Cup". BBC Sport. 16 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea player profile – Jacob Mellis". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea Starlet in on Loan". www.saintsfc.co.uk. 14 August 2009. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Huddersfield 3 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea 2 - 1 MSK Zilina". BBC Sport. 23 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "MELLIS LOANED OUT". www.chelseafc.com. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Leicester 4 – 1 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Barnsley sign former Chelsea youngster Jacob Mellis". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Blackpool: Peter Clarke, Jacob Mellis and Tomasz Cywka sign". BBC Sport. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "SIGNING: Mellis Sings on Loan". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Burnley star Ings is staying put!". Burnley Express. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Chelsea part company with Jacob Mellis over smoke grenade incident". The Guardian (London). 20 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Ashton, Neil (20 March 2012). "Chelsea sack starlet Mellis and fine team-mate Clifford over smoke bomb prank". Daily Mail (London). 
  15. ^ "Axed Chelsea youngster Mellis arrested after 3am bust-up with girlfriend". London: Daily Mail. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

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