James Bailey (footballer)

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James Bailey
Personal information
Full name James Joseph Bailey
Date of birth (1988-09-18) 18 September 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Bollington, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Derby County
Number 30
Youth career
0000–2007 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Crewe Alexandra 46 (0)
2010– Derby County 59 (1)
2012 Coventry City (loan) 15 (1)
2013 Coventry City (loan) 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:02, 14 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

James Joseph Bailey (born 18 September 1988) is an English footballer currently playing for Derby County. He primarily plays in midfield, but can also play as a right-back.[1]


Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Bailey signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2007[2] and made his full Crewe debut at right back at 19 years of age, when he came on as an 89th minute substitute for Danny Woodards in a League One home fixture against Doncaster Rovers on 22 December 2007, with Crewe 2–0 down. Doncaster scored twice in the final minute for a final scoreline of 4–0. This proved to be Bailey's sole appearance of the 2007–08 season, but he earned a one-year deal with the club, which he signed in May 2008,[1] with first team coach Steve Holland stating "We are delighted that James has signed a new contract. He has been given another year and we will review it again in relation to his progress. He has made progress this year and now it is up to him to go on again and compete for a place in the squad."[3]

An impressive pre-season saw Bailey return to the side for the opening fixture of the 2008–09 season, where he started in his now familiar midfield role, as Crewe lost 2–1 to Brighton & Hove Albion. Although the season was a disappointing one for Crewe, who were relegated to League Two, it was a personal success for Bailey, as he kept his place in the side with a number of mature performances in central midfield alongside Michael O'Connor[2] and earned a new and improved contract until 2011,[4] as he recorded 31 league and cup appearances throughout the campaign, with only injury preventing him appearing in more after he was ruled out for much of the season from January onwards.[2]

Bailey retained his position in the first team for the club's 2009–10 season, making 23 appearances in all competitions. His performances for Crewe impressed and he was linked with a move to Championship club Derby County, alongside Crewe team-mate John Brayford, in a joint £1m deal in May 2010,[5] where he was seen as a long term replacement for veteran midfielder Robbie Savage.[6] Crewe confirmed that an offer for the pair, believed to be £1m rising to £1.3m with add-ons and a percentage sell on clause, had been accepted on 18 May 2010.[7]

Derby County[edit]

Bailey formally completed his move to Derby County on 19 May 2010 for an undisclosed fee and took the number 16 shirt, signing a three-year contract.[1] On this signing, Derby manager Nigel Clough said,"James is a determined midfielder who has been impressive every time we have watched him and we're delighted he has… joined us."[1]

He was placed straight into the first team during the club's 2010–11 pre season fixtures, as a holding midfielder alongside Robbie Savage in a 4–2–3–1 formation, scoring in a 3–3 draw at A.F.C. Bournemouth.[8] His competitive debut for the Rams came in a 2–1 victory at Leeds United on the opening game of the 2010–11 season.[9] His first goal came in a 2–2 draw with Queens Park Rangers in a performance which earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week for 31 August 2010.[10] He was an ever present in the first 18 games of Derby's 2010–11 campaign, playing ever minute of every match and only missed his first game in November when he was ruled out with the flu.[11] Bailey picked up the Sammy Crooks Young Player of the Year award in his first season with the club.[1] Bailey said after picking this award, "It's a great feeling to get the young player of the year award and it's good that the manager has thought highly of me. Hopefully I can press on now and get player of the year, voted by everybody, next season.”[1]

Bailey started the 2011–12 season in Derby's first XI, helping them to four wins from their first five games and into second in the table, before an ankle injury sustained in training in September 2011 ruled him out for three months.[12] Upon his return Bailey has struggled to break into the first team, after he lost his place to Jeff Hendrick, despite this in the January transfer window Bailey was linked with moves away from Pride Park with Premier League clubs reportedly interested in the player.[1]

In May 2012, Derby said they were open to offers for the player[1] and on 22 May 2012, Bailey was transfer listed by the club with a year left on his contract. Clough said the reason why Bailey was transfer list was down to the form of Hendrick and Craig Bryson in central midfield.[1] In July 2012, Clough said that they had received "one or two" enquiries for Bailey but no firm offers.[1] Despite this Bailey's contract was extended until the summer of 2014.[13] On 25 Sepetmeber 2012, Bailey joined League One side Coventry City on loan for three months.[14] At the completion of his loan spell, Bailey featured 18 times for Coventry, scoring one goal in Coventry's 1–1 draw at Preston North End on 22 December.[15] Bailey said he was unclear about if he would rejoin the Sky Blues in the January transfer window, stating the Derby and Coventry were in talks over his future.[15] Bailey returned to Coventry on a loan until the end of the 2012–13 season on 1 January.[16] Bailey played a further 15 times in his second loan spell, scoring one goal against Oldham Athletic on 19 January. In May, Bailey was placed on Derby County's transfer list with a year left on his contract.[17]

Bailey, however was unable to find a club in the summer transfer and in late August was ruled out for six weeks with a torn knee ligament in late August.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Stats according to Soccerbase

As of 11 April 2013
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 2007–08 League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 League One 24 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
2009–10 League Two 21 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
Total 46 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 55 0
Derby County 2010–11 Championship 36 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 38 1
2011–12 Championship 22 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2012–13 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Coventry City (loan) 2012–13 League One 15 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 18 1
Coventry City (loan) 2012–13 League One 15 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 19 1
Derby County Total 59 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 64 1
Career totals 135 3 10 0 6 0 5 0 156 3
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Trophy.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "As yet unsigned Derby County's James Bailey: Profile". thisisderbyshire. 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "James Bailey". CreweAlex.net. 14 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Quartet leave Alex". SKY Sports. 6 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Bailey rewarded with new deal.". SKY Sports. 22 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Derby ram raid Crewe for Brayford and Bailey.". Crewe-Mad. 14 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Derby weigh up move for Crewe's Brayford and Bailey". BBC Sport. 14 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Crewe Duo Set For Derby". thisisstaffordshire.co.uk. 18 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Cherries 3 -3 Derby". bournemouth.vitalfootball.co.uk. 22 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Fletcher, Paul (7 August 2010). "Leeds United 1 – 2 Derby". bbc.co.uk. 
  10. ^ "Team of the Week". The Football League. 31 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Sickness bug forces duo to sit out Scunthorpe match". thisisderbyshire. 20 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Injury setback for Derby County defender James Bailey". BBC Sport. 19 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sky Blues loan move will benefit Bailey, says boss". thisisderbyshire.co.uk. 26 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Coventry City sign Derby County midfielder James Bailey". BBC Sport. 25 September 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "James Bailey unclear on Coventry City future". coventrytelegraph.co.uk. 27 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Coventry City: Sky Blues extend Derby midfielder Bailey's loan". BBC Sport. 31 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tyson, Fielding and Robinson available". thisisderbyshire. 9 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Derby County's Jeff Hendrick could face three months out". thisisderbyshire. 2 September 2013. 

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