James Chambers (Irish footballer)

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James Chambers
Personal information
Full name James Chambers
Date of birth (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
St Patrick's Athletic
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2004 Shelbourne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Shelbourne 68 (7)
2006 Waterford United (loan) 24 (0)
2009 Solihull Moors 1 (0)
2009 Drogheda United 33 (7)
2010 Shamrock Rovers 31 (6)
2011 Hamilton Academical 19 (2)
2012 St Patrick's Athletic 26 (1)
2013 Shamrock Rovers 31 (3)
2014– St Patrick's Athletic 25 (1)
National team
2007 Republic of Ireland U21 3 (0)
2010 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Chambers (born 14 February 1987 in Dublin, is an Irish footballer, currently playing for St Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland.

Club career[edit]

Shelbourne[edit]

James Chambers played for Shelbourne since he was 11 years of age. He has also been capped for Ireland at every level from 15's right up to 23's.[1] He started out with the schoolboy teams and made his breakthrough into the first team during the 2004 season, at the age of 17, including being part of the Shelbourne squad during their successful 2004 European campaign. He did not make his first official first team appearance for Shelbourne until 15 August 2005 when he made his League of Ireland debut coming on as a 2nd half substitute during a 1–0 defeat to Cork City at Turner's Cross.[2] To aid James with his development and to gain valuable experience, he was loaned out to Waterford United for the 2006 season and instantly became a regular in their starting XI.[3] On 24 February 2007, Chambers received a call up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad by manager Don Givens.[4]

Chambers returned to Shelbourne for the 2007 season[5] but he was entering upon a very unfamiliar environment at the Tolka Park club. Shelbourne were now in financial meltdown and were uncertain over their participation for the 2007 season. After the club was demoted to the First Division, he made the decision to stay at Shels despite their demotion and keen interest in him from numerous Premier Division clubs. As only one of two first team players retained by Shelbourne for the 2007 season, Chambers' talents were now of great importance to Shelbourne and he has become one of the first names on the Shels teamsheet due to many impressive performances. He scored his first senior goal for Shelbourne with a delightful equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Monaghan United at Tolka Park on 13 April 2007.[6]

Move to Britain[edit]

Chambers departed Shelbourne after 10 years at the end of the 2008 season to move to Britain. He made a total of 73 league and cup appearances for Shelbourne scoring 8 times. He went on trial at Walsall but was ineligible to play matches so he joined Blue Square Conference North side Solihull Moors on 16 January 2009 to get game time. Chambers' stay at Solihull Moors would be brief as he returned to Ireland in March 2009 to join Drogheda United.

Return to Ireland[edit]

He made his competitive Drogheda debut on 13 March 2009 in 0–0 draw against Bray Wanderers at United Park.[7] Chambers went on an amazing scoring streak in the 2009 season. He scored nine goals, including the all-important opener against Bray Wanderers in the relegation play-off, a match which finished 2–0 to Drogheda United. Following his impressive season at Drogheda United, Chambers joined Shamrock Rovers in November 2009.[8] In his first season with 'The Hoops', Chambers scored an impressive 11 league goals and won his first League of Ireland winners medal after Shamrock Rovers won the 2010 Premier Division on the final night of the season.[9]

Hamilton Academical[edit]

He moved to Scottish Premier League team Hamilton Academical on 25 January 2011 [1]. Chambers showed spells of his League of Ireland form whilst playing in the SPL but Hamilton were relegated into the First Division but he left the club after a year.

St.Patrick's Athletic[edit]

Chambers was signed by Liam Buckley for St Patrick's Athletic in January 2012.[10] Chambers impressed the Pats fans with his superb passing and found himself playing in a midfield role that saw him be the key to his sides attacks beginning. He picked up the RTÉ man of the match award for his brilliant display including the assist for the opening goal by Christy Forrester against his old club and Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers after the Saints ran riot and won 5–1 in a famous night.[11] Chambers set up Christy Fagan's opener against U.C.D after an excellent slipped ball through the defence. Unfortunately Chambers' excellent form for Pats was interrupted for 2 months after he picked up an injury away to Sligo Rovers. Chambers returned from the bench against Bohemians in fine form and changes the game for Pats to win 2–1. Chambers played in all of the Saints games of their Europa League campaign, where they knocked out Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja from Iceland and NK Široki Brijeg from Bosnia and Herzegovina before being knocked out by German giants Hannover 96 in front of 25,000 people at the AWD-Arena.

Return to Rovers[edit]

Chambers signed again for The Hoops in November 2012.[12]

International career[edit]

Chambers made his Republic of Ireland Under 21 debut at the Madeira tournament in Portugal in February 2007. He made 3 appearances for the Irish side in the tournament. In May 2010, Chambers made his Republic of Ireland Under 23 debut against England C in the 2009-11 International Challenge Trophy at the Waterford Regional Sports Centre.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Correct As of 1 January 2015

Club Season League League Cup League Cup Europe 1 Other 2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shelbourne 2005 LOI Premier Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2006 LOI Premier Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 LOI First Division 32 7 1 0 1 0 - - - - 34 7
2008 LOI First Division 33 0 1 0 2 1 - - - - 36 1
Total 68 7 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 73 8
Waterford United
(loan)
2006 LOI Premier Division 24 0 3 0 0 0 - - 2 0 29 0
Total 24 0 3 0 0 0 - - 2 0 29 0
Solihull Moors 2008–09 Conference North 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 1 0
Drogheda United 2009 LOI Premier Division 33 7 2 0 2 1 - - 1 1 38 9
Total 33 7 2 0 2 1 - - 1 1 38 9
Shamrock Rovers 2010 LOI Premier Division 31 6 5 4 2 0 4 0 1 0 43 10
Total 31 6 5 4 2 0 4 0 1 0 43 10
Hamilton Academical 2010–11 Scottish Premier League 9 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - 9 1
2011–12 Scottish First Division 10 1 0 0 1 1 - - 1 1 12 3
Total 19 2 0 0 1 1 - - 1 1 21 4
St Patrick's Athletic 2012 LOI Premier Division 26 1 4 0 2 0 6 0 2 0 39 1
Total 26 1 4 0 1 0 6 0 2 0 39 1
Shamrock Rovers 2013 LOI Premier Division 31 3 2 0 2 0 - - 10 2 45 5
Total 31 3 2 0 2 0 - - 10 2 45 5
St Patrick's Athletic 2014 LOI Premier Division 25 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 37 1
Total 25 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 37 1
Career total 258 28 22 4 11 3 11 0 23 3 326 38

^Note 1 Competitions include UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League
^Note 2 Competitions include Leinster Senior Cup, League of Ireland Promotion/Relegation Play-offs, Setanta Cup and Scottish Challenge Cup

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