James Harper (footballer)
Harper playing for Hull City in 2011
|Full name||James Alan John Harper|
|Date of birth||9 November 1980|
|Place of birth||Chelmsford, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Current club||Doncaster Rovers|
|2000–2001||→ Cardiff City (loan)||3||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Sheffield United (loan)||21||(3)|
|2012||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:38, 5 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Chelmsford, Essex, Harper attended the Anglo European School in Ingatestone, Essex. He started his career as a trainee with Arsenal, but as his first team opportunities were limited, he first went on loan to Cardiff City, before signing permanently for Reading for an undisclosed fee said to be "a substantial six-figure fee" at the end of February 2001.
After helping Reading to win the 2005–06 Football League Championship, and thus win promotion to the Premier League, he scored his first Premiership goals for Reading in a clash with Newcastle United at St James' Park, scoring twice despite losing 3–2.
Harper joined Sheffield United in September 2009, on loan until the end of the season. With his contract set to expire at the same time, Reading manager Brendan Rodgers admitted it was likely that he had played his last game for Reading. Harper duly made his début for The Blades in an away victory at Derby County just under a fortnight later. After being a regular in the first team from that point his loan deal was made permanent during the January transfer window, with Harper signing until the end of the season. Harper was a regular starter for the remainder of the season notching up four goals in the process. At the end of the season however his contract was not extended further and he was released.
Harper began a trial with Hull City in early July 2010 following the arrival of Nigel Pearson as manager of the club. On 12 July 2010 it was announced that Harper had signed for Hull on a two-year contract. He made his league debut on 23 October in the home match against Portsmouth when he came on, just after half time, to replace Nolberto Solano. Harper scored his first goal for Hull City, with a long range strike against former club Reading in a 1–1 draw at the KC Stadium on 28 December 2010.
In May 2012 it was announced that his contract at Hull would not be extended and he was released by the club.
On 26 July Harper joined Hungerford Town of the Southern Football League Division One South and West where close friend Bobby Wilkinson was Manager. Harper featured in friendlies against Mortimer and Wokingham & Emmbrook to help build match fitness as he planned a return to league football.
- As of match played 5 March 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2000–01||Third Division||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Sheffield United (loan)||2009–10||Championship||21||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||23||3|
|Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||2011–12||League One||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Doncaster Rovers||2012–13||League One||27||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||29||0|
- Doncaster Rovers
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- "Newcastle 3–2 Reading". BBC Sport. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2006.
- "Four new contracts agreed". Reading F.C. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
- "Blackwell snaps up Harper". Sheffield United F.C. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
- "Royals trio seal loan moves". Reading F.C. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
- "Rams, Raided!". vitalfootball.co.uk. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2009.
- "James Harper permanent switch to Sheffield United". The Star. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
- "Harper leads Blades exodus". Sky Sports. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- "Hull City: Solano and Harper agree deals". Hull Daily Mail. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- "Hull 1 – 2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
- "Hull 1 – 1 Reading". BBC Sport (BBC). 28 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- "Wycombe Wanderers sign James Harper from Hull City". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Richard Garcia leaves Hull City for new adventures". This is Hull and East Riding. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Ex-Royal James Harper signs for Hungerford Town". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Hungerford Town 2 -3 Wokingham & Embrook". Hungerford Town FC. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Doncaster Rovers sign midfielder James Harper". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Walsall 0 – 3 Doncaster". BBC. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Harper rejects World Cup chance". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 April 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2006.
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