James Collins (footballer born 1983)
Collins with West Ham United, August 2012
|Full name||James Michael Collins|
|Date of birth||23 August 1983|
|Place of birth||Newport, Wales|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||West Ham United|
|2005–2009||West Ham United||54||(2)|
|2012–||West Ham United||29||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:45, 20 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
James Michael Collins (born 23 August 1983) is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender for West Ham United and the Wales national football team. Collins is in his second spell with West Ham. He started his career with Cardiff City and played for Aston Villa in between his two periods with West Ham.
Club career 
Cardiff City 
Collins joined Cardiff City as a trainee in August 2000, after playing local football in his native city of Newport. He made his debut for Cardiff in an FA Cup match against Bristol Rovers in November 2000, which Cardiff won 5–1, and went on to make 86 appearances in all competitions for Cardiff, scoring six goals. He won the Welsh Young Player of the Year award in 2005.
West Ham United 
Collins joined West Ham United in July 2005, along with his centre-back partner at Cardiff, Danny Gabbidon, in a £3.5 million deal for the pair as Cardiff attempted cut their wage bill and raise money.
Due to fitness problems as well as competition from more experienced players, Collins did not make his West Ham debut until the League Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday in September 2005, which West Ham won 4–2. He also made his first appearance on the bench for the Hammers but did not play in West Ham's 0–0 draw with Arsenal in the same month. He made his Premiership debut in October 2005 against Bolton Wanderers. He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 1–1 draw with Portsmouth on Boxing Day 2005. Collins ended his first Hammers season with two league goals, after scoring again in a 4–1 defeat against rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April 2006.
Due to injuries to new signing Matthew Upson and 2005–06 Hammer of the Year Danny Gabbidon, Collins was given the chance to form a formidable centre back partnership with Anton Ferdinand towards the end of the 2006–07 season.
On 28 January 2008, it was announced that Collins would be out for a year after suffering severe ligament damage in a West Ham reserve game against Portsmouth. His injury, however, only kept him out for nine months and on 26 October 2008, Collins returned to first team action, starting in West Ham's 2–0 loss to Arsenal at Upton Park.
Aston Villa 
Collins signed a four-year contract with Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee on 1 September 2009, the last day of the transfer window. On his league debut for Villa, on 13 September, he helped them keep a clean sheet in the Second City Derby against Birmingham City. His first goal for the club was the winner against Chelsea in a 2–1 victory, in which he was named "Man of the Match". In March 2011, manager Gérard Houllier fined Collins and fellow centre-back Richard Dunne two weeks' wages after what was reported as "a boozy row with club staff during a team-bonding exercise".
Return to West Ham 
On 1 August 2012, Collins signed for West Ham United for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract. He was allocated the number 19 shirt, which he wore in his first spell with the club. On 18 August 2012, Collins started alongside Winston Reid in a 1–0 home win against his former club, Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2012–13 Premier League season. He was also awarded 'Man of the Match' for his performance on his second 'debut'. Collins first goals in his second spell with West Ham came on 5 January in an FA Cup 3rd round tie against Manchester United. The game finished 2–2 with Collins scoring two headed goals from crosses by Joe Cole.
International career 
Collins made his debut for the senior Wales side against Norway in 2004 and scored his first goal for Wales in a 3–1 defeat to Cyprus on 13 October 2007. Ever present during 2010 World Cup qualifying, he captained Wales in the last qualifier against Liechtenstein and helped keep a clean sheet in a 2–0 win. Collins was given the captains armband for the senior squad for the first time for a friendly against Sweden on 3 March 2010. Collins scored his first international goal in the 21st minute of a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Cyprus in October 2007. On 7 September 2012 in a 2014 World cup qualifying against Belgium game he was given a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Guillaume Gillet, Wales went on to lose the match 2–0.
International goals 
|1||13 October 2007||Cyprus||Cyprus||1–3||Loss|
|2||9 September 2009||Russia||Russia||1–3||Loss|
Career statistics 
- As of 5 January 2013
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other*||Total|
|2000–01||Cardiff City||Third Division||3||0||2||0||0||0||–||1||0||6||0|
|2005–06||West Ham United||Premier League||14||2||3||0||2||0||–||–||19||2|
|2012–13||West Ham United||20||0||1||2||0||0||–||–||21||2|
* Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy
- "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 11March 2011.
- Soccerbase:James Collins, Racing Post. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
- "Gabbidon voted top Welsh player", BBC Sport, 4 October 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
- "Hammers swoop for defensive trio", BBC Sport, 5 July 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
- "Pompey 1–1 West Ham". BBC Sport. 26 December 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- "Chelsea 4–1 West Ham". BBC Sport. 9 April 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- "Collins facing year on sidelines", Sky Sports News, 28 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
- West Ham 0–2 Arsenal
- "Collins completes move to Villa". BBC Sport. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
- "Birmingham 0 - 1 Aston Villa". www.bcfc.com. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- "Aston Villa 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
- "Dunne and Collins are fined by Villa". Express & Star. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
- "Hammers return for 'Ginge'". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- "West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Collins named Wales U21 captain" BBC Sport retrieved on 13 October 2007
- "James Collins to captain Wales in friendly with Sweden". BBC Sport. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
- "Cyprus comeback overwhelms Wales". www.uefa.com. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- "Wales 0-2 Belgium". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
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