|Full name||Matthew Lee James|
|Date of birth||22 July 1991|
|Place of birth||Bacup, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2010||→ Preston North End (loan)||18||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Preston North End (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:00, 16 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Matthew Lee "Matty" James (born 22 July 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Leicester City. His regular position is in midfield, but he can play in defence when required. James began his career with Manchester United, but had a spell on loan at Preston North End before joining Leicester in 2012.
Born in Bacup, Lancashire, James joined the Manchester United Academy at an early age, and made his first appearance for the under-18 side in October 2005, at the age of 14. His next appearance for the under-18s came just over a year later, when he came on as a substitute for Magnus Eikrem in a Premier Academy League fixture against Manchester City. He made a further eight appearances for the under-18s during the 2006–07 season, before establishing himself as a regular in the team in 2007–08, although he began the season filling in in defence. James scored his first goals in a Manchester United shirt during the 2007–08 season, both of them in the league. After making his first appearance for the reserve team in November 2007, James became a regular for the reserves during the 2008–09 season, while remaining a relative mainstay in the under-18 side. At the end of a season in which he had made 22 appearances for the reserves and 14 for the under-18s, James received his first call-up to the Manchester United senior team on 24 May 2009. Given the number 47 jersey, James was named on the bench for the match, but did not take to the field.
James signed his first professional contract with Manchester United in July 2009, before playing in the 1–0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the final of the 2008–09 Lancashire Senior Cup. Prior to the first team's match against Barnsley in the Fourth Round of the League Cup on 27 October 2009, James was given a new squad number (43), and was named as an unused substitute.
Preston North End (loan)
In February 2010, James followed in the footsteps of Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck by signing on loan with Preston North End until the end of the 2009–10 season. He went straight into the Preston first-team for their match against Sheffield United on 9 February 2010, and scored within 10 minutes as his deflected shot from outside the penalty area beat Sheffield United goalkeeper Ian Bennett. James returned to Manchester United at the end of the 2009–10 season, but rejoined Preston on a season-long loan on 2 July 2010.
On 30 December 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson chose to recall Ritchie De Laet, Joshua King and James from their loans at Preston after the sacking of his son. De Laet and King returned immediately, but due to the terms of James' loan, he did not return to Manchester United until 4 January 2011.
On 15 May 2012, James and his Manchester United team mate Richie De Laet moved to Leicester City in a double transfer, for which the fee was undisclosed. The pair each signed three-year contracts. James, along with De Laet and Jamie Vardy, made his competitive debut for Leicester against Torquay United, scoring his first goal for the club (and Leicester's third of the night) as the Foxes ran out 4–0 winners in the League Cup tie.
James has played regularly for the England Under-16s and Under-17s sides, and in 2009 he was called up to the Under-19s for the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He was named captain and in his first game as skipper, England recorded a 3–2 victory in their opening game against Austria.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Preston North End (loan)||2009–10||18||2||0||0||0||0||–||–||18||2|
Statistics accurate as of match played on 15 March 2014.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield and the Football League play-offs
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