James Scowcroft

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James Scowcroft
Personal information
Full name James Benjamin Scowcroft
Date of birth (1975-11-15) 15 November 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Bury St Edmunds, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ipswich town academy
Youth career
Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2001 Ipswich Town 265 (55)
2001–2005 Leicester City 133 (29)
2005 Ipswich Town (loan) 9 (0)
2005–2006 Coventry City 41 (6)
2006–2009 Crystal Palace 83 (18)
2009–2010 Leyton Orient 26 (0)
2010–2012 Bury Town 26 (8)
National team
1996–1997 England U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 July 2007

James Benjamin Scowcroft (born 15 November 1975 in Bury St Edmunds) is a retired footballer, currently Coach for Ipswich Town academy.

Club career[edit]

Scowcroft started his career as a youth at Ipswich Town and progressed to become the regular first team centre forward, gaining five England Under-21 caps in the process. From 1994 to 2001 he played over 200 games for the club, scoring nearly 50 goals. At the end of the 2000–01 season, he was sold to Leicester City for £3m, where he played over 150 games, scoring fewer than 30 goals. During his period at Leicester Scowcroft was accused of being involved in the alleged sexual assault of three women at La Manga golf club, Spain, but was cleared of all charges, having been mistakenly identified.[1][2] He was loaned back to Ipswich in the spring of 2005.

Scowcroft was then signed by Coventry City on a free transfer. He was used primarily on the right sometimes as the right wing for Coventry for the 2005–06 season. He left Coventry City to join Crystal Palace for £500,000 in July 2006. He was released by the club in May 2009[3] and joined Leyton Orient. After fitness problems and failing to score a goal in 20 games for Orient, he was released a year after joining.[4]

In September 2010, Scowcroft joined non-league hometown club, Bury Town, signing a "pay-as-you-play" deal.[5] He made his debut as a substitute in an away game against Wealdstone later the same month.[6] In January 2012 Bury Town announced Scowcroft's retirement from football, having failed to recover from an injury sustained during a pre-season friendly.[7]

Honours[edit]

  • Nationwide player of the month December 1999
  • Ipswich Town Player of the season 1999/2000
  • Ipswich Town Supporters player of the season 1999/2000
  • Leicester City Goal of the season 2001/2002
  • 2008 Crystal Palace Goal of the Season

Club career statistics[edit]

(correct as of 8 November 2010)
Club Season League Cup[8] Europe Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Ipswich Town 1995–96 23 2 ? 2 0 ? - - - - - - 25 2 ?
1996–97 43 10 ? 7 1 ? - - - - - - 50 11 ?
1997–98 33 6 ? 9 1 ? - - - - - - 42 9 ?
1998–99 34 13 ? 2 1 ? - - - - - - 36 15 ?
1999-00 43 13 ? 5 2 ? - - - - - - 48 15 ?
2000–01 34 4 ? 9 2 ? - - - - - - 43 6 ?
Total 1995–2001 210 48 ? 34 7 ? - - - - - - 244 55 ?
Leicester City 2001–02 24 5 0 2 2 0 - - - - - - 26 7 0
2002–03 43 10 0 4 1 0 - - - - - - 47 11 0
2003–04 35 5 2 4 0 0 - - - - - - 39 5 2
2004–05 31 4 3 4 1 0 - - - - - - 35 6 3
Total 2001–2005 133 29 5 14 4 0 - - - - - - 147 33 5
Ipswich Town (loan) 2004–05 9 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 9 0 0
Total 2004–2005 9 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 9 0 0
Coventry City 2005–06 41 3 2 4 0 0 - - - - - - 45 3 2
Total 2005–2006 41 6 2 4 0 0 - - - - - - 45 3 2
Crystal Palace 2006–07 35 5 1 1 0 0 - - - - - - 36 5 1
2007–08 38 9 5 1 0 0 - - - 1 0 0 40 9 5
2008–09 10 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 10 0 0
Total 2006–2009 83 19 6 2 0 0 - - - 1 0 0 86 14 6
Leyton Orient 2009–10 26 0 0 3 0 1 - - - - - - 29 0 1
Bury Town 2010–11 26 8 ? ? ? ? - - - - - - 26 8 ?
Career totals 528 102 13 57 11 1 - - - 1 0 0 585 113 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anger of cleared star". The Sun (London). 21 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Leicester trio charges 'dropped'". BBC News. 21 May 2004. 
  3. ^ striker one of six to get new deals but nine players released
  4. ^ "O's release seven". LeytonOrient.com. 13 May 2010. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "James Scowcroft makes step down to Bury Town". BBC Sport. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "James Scowcroft thanks the fans". Bury Town F.C. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Collins, Trevor. "James Scowcroft retires from playing". Bury Town Football Club. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Muzzy Izzet
Leicester City Top Goalscorer
2001–02
Succeeded by
Paul Dickov
Preceded by
Dougie Freedman
Crystal Palace FC Goal of the Season
2007–08
against Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
12 January 2008
Succeeded by
Paddy McCarthy