James Collins (footballer, born 1990)
|Full name||James Steven Collins|
|Date of birth||1 December 1990|
|Place of birth||Coventry, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2009–2010||→ Darlington (loan)||7||(2)|
|2010||→ Burton Albion (loan)||10||(4)|
|2008–2009||Republic of Ireland U19||4||(1)|
|2009–2012||Republic of Ireland U21||12||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:16, 13 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
James Steven "Jim" Collins (born 1 December 1990) is a footballer who plays for Football League Two side Shrewsbury Town. Collins started his career at Aston Villa and has had loan spells at Darlington and Burton Albion. Despite being born and raised in England, he has been part of Republic of Ireland squads at under-19 and under-21 levels.
Born in the West Midlands, Collins started his career with Aston Villa. Collins attended the Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College in Coventry.
In his final years at the club's academy and reserve sides, Collins had been a prolific goalscorer for the academy notching up 23 goals. His impact led manager Martin O'Neill to give the Collins opportunity to prove himself on loan the following season.
Prior to the 2010–11 season, Collins joined up with Scottish side Aberdeen for a trial, appearing in a friendly match away to Tamworth. At this time, he became known as Jim Collins, presumably to avoid confusion between himself and his Aston Villa team-mate of the same name. Following the trial, it appears Collins has returned to The Villains, however it was reported that Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee had not given up on signing the player. Nonetheless, Collins remained at Villa following the departure of manager Martin O'Neill. Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald named the striker in his 20-man squad to travel to Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa League on 18 August 2010. On Aston Villa's official website, he has been called James Collins Jnr.
He was loaned out in October 2009 on a three-month deal to Darlington, where he made his professional debut in a 3–0 loss to Barnet. He scored his first goal for Darlington in a 2–1 defeat at Hereford United on 31 October 2009. Three weeks later, on 21 November 2009, Collins scored again, a 35-yard lob, in a 5–2 loss against Chesterfield. Collins' spell at Darlington began successfully, however he later found it difficult to remain in the first team and later returned to Aston Villa on 22 January 2010 when his loan spell terminated.
Burton Albion (loan)
On 15 October 2010, Collins joined League Two side Burton Albion on an emergency loan, and immediately made an impact by scoring two goals in his first three games for the club. His good performance earned Collins a nomination of the League Two Player of the Month award.
His good performance led Collins to stay at the club making a permanent move. On 15 November 2010, his loan spell was extended for second month. After adding two more goals to his tally, his loan spell was extended for the third time. However, Manager Paul Peschisolido believes Collins will not stay at the club after January.
On 7 January 2011, Collins signed permanently for League Two side Shrewsbury Town on an 18-month contract. He made his debut the following day, setting up a goal for Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, in a 3–1 loss against Morecambe. Collins scored his first goals for the club on 18 January, notching twice in a 3–1 win over Accrington Stanley and scored another brace on 29 March, in a 3–1 victory over Rotherham United, managing eight goals in total during his first half season at Shrewsbury.
The 2011–12 season started well for Collins when he scored his first league goal in the opening game of the season, Shrewsbury Town drawing 1–1 against Plymouth Argyle, and scoring again in a 3–2 win over Derby County in the first round of the Football League Cup days later.
On 20 September 2011, he scored against Premier League side Arsenal in the third round of the League Cup, giving Shrewsbury an early lead in a match they would ultimately lose 3–1 at The Emirates, and hit another brace on return to League duty four days later in a 2–0 win over Torquay United to send the club into second place in the table.
Following an injury to midfielder Nicky Wroe, Collins temporarily assumed penalty taking duties for Shrewsbury Town, scoring from the spot in a 2–1 home win against Southend United. During the season, manager Graham Turner compared Collins to Wolves legend Steve Bull, due to his strength and determination, also commenting that he believed he could continue to improve his goal scoring record.
In his first full season at Shrewsbury, Collins made 47 appearances, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, and was the clubs top scorer as they won promotion to League One. Collins was offered a new deal and Turner expected him to re-sign, however he attracted interests from other clubs such as Watford, Coventry City and Sheffield United, ultimately opting to join fellow promoted side Swindon Town.
On 18 June 2012, Collins signed for Swindon Town. Upon the move, Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner expected the fee to be settled by a tribunal, which was eventually settled at £140,000 plus add-ons, ultimately causing Swindon to enter a transfer embargo due to overspending. 
Collins first goals for the club came against Premier League side Stoke City in the second round of the League Cup, scoring a hat-trick to help knock out Stoke 4–3 after extra time. Collins first league goal came eleven games into Swindon's campaign and proved to be the winner despite being scored in the first minute against Bury on 6 October 2012. Collins then added his second goal in the league the following game against the club he supported as a boy, Coventry, this time helping Swindon rescue a point on 13 October. The New Year proved to be good fortune for Collins as he scored four goals against Portsmouth on 1 January 2013 in a 5–0 thrashing. After the match, Collins described scoring four goals, after coming on from the bench, as "surreal experience".
Despite manager Paulo Di Canio resigning, the introduction of new manager Kevin MacDonald allowed Collins to add to his goal tally with strikes against promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town. By the end of the season, Collins had scored 18 goals in all competitions, his last a consolation effort in a 3–1 loss against Scunthorpe United, who fell to final day relegation despite their win. Collins finished his only season at Swindon Town as the clubs top-scorer in the league and in all competitions.
Hibernian confirmed that Collins had signed a three year contract with the club on 29 July 2013. Collins made his Hibs debut, making his first start in the opening game of the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership season, in a 1–0 loss against Motherwell. After five matches without a goal, Collins scored the winning goal against St. Johnstone on 14 September and scored another the following week, in a 2–0 win over against St. Mirren.
Following Pat Fenlon's departure, Collins vowed to score more goals under new manager Terry Butcher after scoring less goals than expected by that point. In Butcher's first game as Hibernian Manager, Collins scored a last minute goal, in a 1–1 draw against Partick Thistle on 7 November 2013. Collins scored the opening goal in a 2–1 win against fierce rivals Hearts on 2 January 2014. A week after scoring in the derby, Collins scored twice, as Hibernian lost 3–2 to St. Mirren on 18 January 2014.
Return to Shrewsbury
Following Hibernian's relegation, Collins re-signed for former club Shrewsbury Town on 4 June 2014 on a two year contract with an option for a third year. He scored twice on his return debut, securing a point in a 2–2 draw away to A.F.C. Wimbledon on 9 August. The following month, he scored the only goal as Shrewsbury beat Norwich City in the League Cup, notably sending the club through to the fourth round of the competition for the first time since the 1986–87 season. Collins surpassed his previous seasons goal tally on 8 November, when he scored his seventh goal of the season in all competitions against Walsall in the FA Cup, setting up a home replay in a 2–2 draw.
Despite being born and raised in England, Collins is also eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level. He has represented Ireland at under-19 and under-21 levels. On 11 October 2011, Collins scored his first hat-trick of his international career, as Republic of Ireland under-21 beat Liechtenstein U-21, with a score 4–1. Upon a move to Hibernian, Collins hoped that his performances would get him a call up to the senior squad.
- As of 13 December 2014
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Burton Albion (Loan)||2010–11||10||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||12||5|
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- James Collins career stats at Soccerbase
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