Jai Ingham

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Jai Ingham
Jai Ingham Port Melbourne August 2016.jpg
Ingham playing for Melbourne Victory in a friendly match against Port Melbourne, 9 August 2016
Personal information
Full name Jai Emile Mau'u Ingham
Date of birth (1993-08-14) 14 August 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 23
Youth career
2013–2014 Brisbane Roar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Olympic FC 23 (14)
2013–2014 Brisbane Roar Reserves 11 (13)
2014–2015 Brisbane Roar 1 (0)
2015–2016 Hume City 26 (9)
2016– Melbourne Victory 28 (1)
National team
2017– New Zealand 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Jai Emile Mau'u Ingham (born 14 August 1993) is a footballer who plays as a Right Winger for Melbourne Victory FC.[2] Born in Australia and of New Zealander and Samoan descent, Ingham represents the New Zealand national football team internationally.


Olympic FC[edit]

Ingham started his career with Olympic FC seniors in the National Premier League while training to be an electrician.[3] In July 2013, he was picked as one of Australia's top eight players outside the A-League.[4] Selected in the QLD NPL football team of the year 2013.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

At the beginning of the 2013–14 National Youth League, Ingham joined Brisbane Roar's youth side.[5][6] Scoring 13 goals in 11 appearances. Including a second half hat-trick that secured victory over Adelaide.[7]

On 24 January 2014, Ingham debuted for the senior team, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute of a 2–1 victory over Wellington Phoenix.[8]

Hume City[edit]

Ingham drew positive reactions while at National Premier Leagues Victoria side Hume City during the 2015 FFA Cup.

Melbourne Victory[edit]

Ingham trained with Melbourne Victory for a month ahead of the 2016 January transfer window and was signed as the club's first use of the Mature Age Rookie salary cap allowance.[9] Ingham made his debut for Melbourne Victory against the Central Coast Mariners on 8 January 2016, coming on as a 77th-minute substitute for Fahid Ben Khalfallah in an eventual 3–3 draw.[10]

Ingham made his first start for Melbourne Victory in their opening 2016 AFC Champions League match against Shanghai SIPG F.C. on 24 February 2016, in what was only his third appearance for the club. During the match, he scored his first goal for the club, scoring in the 31st minute in an eventual 2–1 win. He then went on to make his first A-League starting appearance on March 6 against the Central Coast Mariners, setting up both Besart Berisha and Fahid Ben Khalfallah for goals in a 2–0 win at Central Coast Stadium. Ingham scored the equaliser against Juventus FC in a pre-2016–17 A-League season friendly match at the MCG. Ingham scored his first A-League goal for Melbourne Victory on 12 November 2016, against the Western Sydney Wanderers, in an eventual 3–0 win.

International career[edit]

In May 2016, Ingham was named to the Samoan national squad for the 2016 OFC Nations Cup[11] however he did not travel to Papua New Guinea for the tournament and was listed as an absentee.[12]

In March 2017, Ingham was called up to the New Zealand national squad for World Cup qualifiers, along with his brother Dane.[13] He made his debut on 28 March 2017 against Fiji.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Jai is the cousin of Samoan international Johnny Hall[15] and brother of Brisbane Roar player Dane Ingham.[16] In addition to holding an Australian passport, Ingham also holds Samoan and New Zealand passports.[17][18][19]

Jai has a Samoan-New Zealand mother and an Australian father.


  1. ^ "Jai Ingham". melbournevictory.com.au. Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Jai Ingham". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Heslehurst, Brayden (30 May 2013). "Gun teen provides spark for Olympic". City South News. 
  4. ^ Dorman, Matt (12 July 2013). "Ingham & Carroll Best Outside A-League". Football Queensland. 
  5. ^ "Olympic’s Ingham Set For Roar Debut". Olympic FC. 
  6. ^ "Roar name NYL squad". Football Federation Australia. 24 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Brisbane sink 10-man Adelaide with late winner". y-league.com.au. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Brisbane Roar vs. Wellington Phoenix". Soccerway. 24 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Victory signs Hume City winger Jai Ingham Melbourne Victory FC Official Website, 6 January 2016
  10. ^ "Central Coast Mariners 3–3 Melbourne Victory". ALeague Stats. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Huckert, Mathias. "Prepared for P.N.G.". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "SAM 0–8 PNG". Oceania Football Confederation. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hudson names his strongest squad". New Zealand Football. 9 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Pine, Jason (29 March 2017). "Football: All Whites power rankings". The New Zealand Herald. 
  15. ^ Stamocostas, Con. "Hume City flyer aims to outgun Cannons". Four Four Two. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Young Roar teeming with teens". Brisbane Roar FC. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Melbourne Victory attacker could play for New Zealand in Confederations Cup". Sporting News. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Jai Ingham in contention to be yet another Melbourne Victory wing playing for All Whites". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  19. ^ Huguenin, Michael. "Victory's Ingham eligible for New Zealand". goal.com. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 

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