James Meredith (footballer)

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James Meredith
James Meredith 13-07-2011 1.jpg
Meredith playing for York City in 2011
Personal information
Full name James Gregory Meredith[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Albury, Australia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bradford City
Number 3
Youth career
2004–2006 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Derby County 0 (0)
2006 Cambridge United (loan) 1 (0)
2007 Chesterfield (loan) 1 (0)
2007 Sligo Rovers 4 (0)
2008–2009 Shrewsbury Town 3 (0)
2008–2009 AFC Telford United (loan) 28 (1)
2009–2012 York City 131 (3)
2012– Bradford City 71 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:08, 23 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

James Gregory Meredith (born 4 April 1988) is an Australian professional footballer who plays for Bradford City as a defender.

Meredith started his career with the Derby County youth system in 2004, signing a professional contract in 2006. He was loaned out to Cambridge United and Chesterfield before moving to Ireland with Sligo Rovers. He returned to England with Shrewsbury Town, but after making only three appearances for them, he joined AFC Telford United on loan for most of the 2008–09 season. He played for them in the semi-finals of both the Conference League Cup and the FA Trophy, as well as the 2009 Conference North play-off Final. Meredith joined York City in 2009 and at the end of his first season played for them in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley Stadium. Two years later he won in the 2012 FA Trophy Final and 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final with York at Wembley, the latter seeing the club promoted to League Two. He signed for Bradford City in 2012, winning promotion to League One in his first season with victory in the 2013 Football League Two play-off Final.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Albury, New South Wales,[1] Meredith was spotted playing football in Melbourne at the age of 16 by a Derby County scout.[2] He was offered a trial by the club and he joined their youth system on a two-year contract in 2004.[2] He progressed through the youth team and he signed a two-year professional contract with Derby on 19 July 2006.[1][2][3] He joined Conference National team Cambridge United on a one-month loan on 19 October 2006 and he made his debut in a 3–0 defeat to Oxford United.[4][5] He finished the loan with two appearances.[5] He had a trial with Conference National team York City in January 2007, playing in a reserve team game against Rotherham United.[6] He joined League One team Chesterfield on a one-month loan on 19 February 2007,[7] making one appearance as a left midfielder in a 2–0 defeat to Tranmere Rovers on 2 March.[8] Following the expiry of the loan, Chesterfield opted against extending it.[9] Meredith joined League of Ireland Premier Division side Sligo Rovers on a contract until the end of the 2007 season on 31 July 2007.[10] He made his debut in a 2–0 defeat at Galway United on 24 August and he finished his time at the club with four appearances.[11][12]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Meredith signed for League Two team Shrewsbury Town on a one-and-a-half year contract on 14 January 2008 after training with the club,[13] which included a clause that after making five appearances the contract could be renegotiated.[14] He made his debut on 23 February 2008 in the 2–1 home defeat to Hereford United, finishing the 2007–08 season with three appearances, with his final game coming against Rochdale on the last day of the season.[15] He was told that he did not figure in new manager Paul Simpson's immediate plans in July 2008, being left behind as the club travelled to Spain on a pre-season training camp.[16]

Meredith playing for AFC Telford United in 2009

Meredith joined Conference North team AFC Telford United on a one-month loan on 16 October 2008,[17] saying "I don't see it as a step down but as a step up, because I've become stagnant at Shrewsbury".[18] Meredith signed a further one month extension with Telford in November and he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Gateshead.[19] The loan was again extended for a further month in December, keeping him at the club until early January 2009.[19] Telford were looking to extend his loan for the remainder of the 2008–09 season,[20] but a contractual hitch held this up.[21] He eventually extended the loan on 8 January.[22] Meredith played for Telford in both legs of the semi-final defeat to York City in the FA Trophy.[23][24] He was handed a red card against Barrow in the semi-final of the Conference League Cup in March, which meant he would miss the Final because of a two-match suspension.[25][26] He was substituted after breaking his nose in a 3–0 victory over Burscough in April.[27] He played for Telford in the 2009 Conference North play-off Final on 8 May, which was lost 1–0 to Gateshead, meaning the team missed out on promotion to the Conference Premier.[28] He finished the season with 46 appearances and one goal for Telford.[29]

York City[edit]

Meredith playing for York City in 2010

He was offered a new contract by Telford after the end of the season,[30] but he opted to join Conference Premier team York City on 22 May 2009.[31] He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat to Oxford United on 8 August 2009.[32] Meredith was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in a 1–1 draw against Oxford on 17 October 2009,[33] which resulted in him being handed a one-match suspension for York's game against Luton Town.[34] He signed a new contract with York on 29 March 2010 to keep him at the club until the summer of 2011.[35][36] He played in both legs of York's play-off semi-final victory over Luton, which finished 2–0 on aggregate.[32] He started in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on 16 May 2010, which York lost 3–1 to Oxford.[32] He finished the 2009–10 season with 56 appearances for York.[32]

Meredith with the parade that followed York City's victory in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final

Meredith had an operation on his knee during the summer of 2010.[37] He made his first appearance of the 2010–11 season in the opening game, after starting a 2–1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers on 14 August 2010.[38] His first goal for York came in a 4–1 victory over league leaders AFC Wimbledon on 1 February 2011 after beating the offside trap to beat goalkeeper Seb Brown.[39][40] He finished the season with 51 appearances and one goal.[38] After rejecting two new contract offers with York he eventually signed a new one-year contract with the club in May 2011.[41][42]

Meredith won the 2012 FA Trophy Final with York at Wembley on 12 May 2012, in which the side beat Newport County 2–0.[43] Eight days later he played in the 2–1 victory over Luton in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley,[43] seeing the club return to the Football League after an eight-year absence with promotion to League Two.[44] His 2011–12 season finished with 55 appearances and two goals for York,[43] and was named in the 2011–12 Conference Premier Team of the Year alongside York teammate Matty Blair.[45]

Bradford City[edit]

Meredith with the parade that followed Bradford City's victory in the 2013 Football League Two play-off Final

Meredith signed for League Two Bradford City on a two-year contract on 29 June 2012.[46] His debut came after starting in Bradford's opening game of the 2012–13 season, a 1–0 victory away at League One Notts County in the League Cup first round.[47] Meredith scored his first goal for Bradford in a 3–1 home win against Cheltenham Town on 20 October 2012.[47] He achieved promotion into League One in his first season with Bradford, playing in their 3–0 victory over Northampton Town in the 2013 Football League Two play-off Final at Wembley on 18 May 2013.[47] He finished the season with 44 appearances and one goal.[47]

Style of play[edit]

Meredith primarily plays as a left back,[48] although he has been described as being "versatile" and is able to play at centre back or in midfield.[2][49][20] After signing for York in 2009, manager Martin Foyle described him as being "a very attack-minded, left-footed full-back with pace who can play the ball out from the back."[48]

Personal life[edit]

Meredith's father was a squash player who ranked as highly as third in the world while playing in England.[50] He previously dated glamour model Maria Fowler after meeting her through social networking website Myspace, although the two broke up in 2007.[51][52] After joining York in 2009, Meredith moved into a house with teammates Neil Barrett, Alex Lawless, Richard Pacquette and Danny Parslow.[53]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 November 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cambridge United (loan) 2006–07[5] Conference National 1 0 1 0 2 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2006–07[8] League One 1 0 1 0
Sligo Rovers 2007[12] LOI Premier Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
Shrewsbury Town 2007–08[15] League Two 3 0 3 0
2008–09[54] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
AFC Telford United (loan) 2008–09[29] Conference North 28 1 3 0 15[a] 0 46 1
York City 2009–10[32] Conference Premier 43 0 4 0 9[b] 0 56 0
2010–11[38] Conference Premier 45 1 5 0 1[c] 0 51 1
2011–12[43] Conference Premier 43 2 1 0 11[d] 0 55 2
Total 131 3 10 0 21 0 162 3
Bradford City 2012–13[47] League Two 32 1 3 0 5 0 4[e] 0 44 1
2013–14[55] League One 26 0 1 0 1 0 1[f] 0 29 0
2014–15[56] League One 13 0 1 0 3 0 1[f] 0 18 0
Total 71 1 5 0 9 0 6 0 91 1
Career total 239 5 19 0 9 0 42 0 309 5
  1. ^ Four appearances in Conference League Cup, eight in FA Trophy, three in Conference North play-offs
  2. ^ Six appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Eight appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs
  5. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, three in League Two play-offs
  6. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

York City

Bradford City

Individual

References[edit]

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