James Dyson (footballer)

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James Dyson
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-04-20) 20 April 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Wordsley, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Birmingham City 2 (0)
2001–2002 Hednesford Town
2002–2003 Bromsgrove Rovers
2006– Stourbridge
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Dyson (born 20 April 1979) is an English former professional footballer who played for Birmingham City in the Football League. He plays as a midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Wordsley, Staffordshire, Dyson began his football career in the youth system at Birmingham City. In August 1999 he made his first-team debut in the League Cup away at Exeter City, and on 17 December he made his Football League debut, as a half-time substitute, replacing Darren Purse in the Division One match against Wolverhampton Wanderers which Birmingham lost 2–1.[1][2] A few days later he made another appearance off the bench.[1] Dyson broke his leg in a training-ground collision with Purse in 1999, a setback which eventually led to his release at the end of the 2000–01 season.[3]

Dyson had a trial at AFC Bournemouth in July 2001, which proved unsuccessful.[4] He joined Hednesford Town of the Southern League Premier Division in November 2001, and scored from the penalty spot on his debut,[5] but was released in February 2002 after failing to achieve regular first-team football.[6]

He joined Bromsgrove of the Southern League Western Division in August 2002, and again scored on debut,[7] but after 16 months with the club, he suffered a broken left tibia and fibula as the result of a 50–50 tackle. His manager described him as "a very popular boy and a very important player for us. He's an exceptional footballer and brings a thoughtfulness with everything he tries to do", but suggested that after twice breaking his leg he might be wise to consider his future in the game.[8]

Dyson resumed his competitive football career nearly three years later, when he joined Stourbridge of the Southern League Midlands Division in October 2006.[9] He played 14 games in all competitions in his first season with the club,[10] and played in the playoff final against Leamington through which they won promotion to the Premier Division.[11] In 2009, Dyson was part of the Stourbridge team who lost to former club Hednesford in the final of the Birmingham Senior Cup.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Games played by James Dyson in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Bunce, Steve (18 December 1999). "Pollet opens his Wolves account as Birmingham injury-list grows". The Independent. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Seery, Philip (21 May 2001). "Blues duo to leave". Sky Sports. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Perrett, Neil (17 July 2001). "Wessex ways please Bailey". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blue Dyson is one part of Hibbitt's equation" (reprint hosted at The Free Library (Farlex)). Birmingham Post. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rae of hope for Pitmen". NonLeague Daily. 25 February 2002. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Rovers look for goal-den touch". Bromsgrove Advertiser. 20 August 2002. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dyson to miss rest of season". Bromsgrove Advertiser. 16 December 2003. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Midfielders". Stourbridge F.C. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. 
  10. ^ "Anoraks Corner". Stourbridge F.C. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. 
  11. ^ Stoner, Colin (4 May 2008). "Lion Leon is Stour stunner" (reprint hosted at The Free Library (Farlex)). Sunday Mercury (Birmingham). Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "BSC Final – Hednesford Town 2 Stourbridge 0". Stourbridge F.C. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 

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