James Alabi

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James Alabi
Personal information
Full name James Bamidele Oluwatemi Alabi[1][2]
Date of birth (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Southwark, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Tranmere Rovers
Number 12
Youth career
2010–2011 Stoke City
2011–2012 Celtic
2012–2013 Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Stoke City 0 (0)
2013 Scunthorpe United (loan) 9 (1)
2013 Mansfield Town (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
2014 Scunthorpe United (loan) 1 (0)
2014 Accrington Stanley (loan) 2 (0)
2015–2016 Ipswich Town 1 (1)
2015–2016 Grimsby Town (loan) 2 (0)
2016–2017 Chester 58 (23)
2017– Tranmere Rovers 7 (0)
National team
2017– England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:22, 29 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2017 (UTC)

James Bamidele Oluwatemi Alabi (born 8 November 1994) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Tranmere Rovers.

He has previously played for Stoke City, Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, Forest Green Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Ipswich Town, Grimsby Town and Chester.

Career[edit]

Stoke City[edit]

Alabi was born in London Borough of Southwark and began his career with Stoke City playing for the club's academy in 2010–11 before moving to Scottish club Celtic. After a season at Lennoxtown he moved back to Stoke City for the 2012–13 season. On 21 February 2013 he joined League One side Scunthorpe United on loan for a month.[3][4] After seeing him in training Irons manager Brian Laws compared him as a 'technically better' version of John Gayle, who Laws believes was one of his best signings in his first spell at Scunthorpe.[5] He made his professional debut on 23 February against Hartlepool United at Glanford Park, scoring 10 minutes after coming on as a 67th-minute substitute.[6][7] On 26 March 2013 his loan spell at Scunthorpe was extended until the end of the 2012–13 season.[8][9] He remained at Glanford Park for the remainder of the season, playing in nine matches as they failed to avoid relegation.

On 31 October 2013, Alabi joined Mansfield Town on a one-month loan.[10][11] He made his debut for Mansfield the next day against Southend United but was sent-off after for a late tackle.[12] Alabi then joined Forest Green Rovers on a one-month loan on 28 November 2013.[13] He made his debut on 30 November 2013 in an FA Trophy first round tie against Dartford.[14] He played in six games for Forest Green without scoring before returning to Stoke at the end of December 2013.[15] On 11 March 2014, Alabi joined League Two side Scunthorpe United for a second loan spell with the Iron.[16] He made one appearance for Scunthorpe before returning to Stoke.[17]

On 9 August 2014, Alabi joined Accrington Stanley on a one-month loan.[18] He played three times for Stanley before returning to Stoke. In January 2015 Alabi had a trial with Dutch side De Graafschap.[19]

Ipswich Town[edit]

He was released by Stoke at the end of the 2014–15 season and joined Ipswich Town, after impressing Mick McCarthy by scoring 2 goals in 2 appearances for the under 21's side on trial, on a one-year deal on 24 August 2015.[20] On 25 August 2015, Alabi made his Ipswich debut, scoring in a 4–1 win against Doncaster Rovers in a League Cup second round match.[21] On 25 November 2015, Alabi joined National League side Grimsby Town, on loan until 3 January 2016.[22]

Chester[edit]

Following his release by Ipswich, Alabi signed for National League side Chester, on a deal until the end of the 2015–16 season.[23]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

James joined Tranmere from Chester on 10th July 2017.[24][25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 April 2017[26][27]
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2012–13 League One 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Mansfield Town (loan) 2013–14 League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Forest Green Rovers (loan) 2013–14 Conference Premier 2 0 0 0 4 0 6 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2013–14 League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2014–15 League Two 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Ipswich Town 2015–16 Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
Grimsby Town (loan) 2015–16 National League 2 0 1 0 2 2 5 2
Chester 2015–16 National League 16 6 0 0 0 0 16 6
2016–17 National League 42 17 1 0 3 1 46 18
Total 58 23 1 0 3 1 62 24
Career Total 75 24 2 0 2 1 9 3 88 28
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy and FA Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2013 and 28/02/2013" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Brown, Tony; Joyce, Michael; Longbottom, David, eds. (2013). English National Football Archive Yearbook 2013. Tony Brown. ISBN 978-1-905891-62-7. 
  3. ^ "Scunthorpe United sign Stoke City striker James Alabi". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stoke City striker James Alabi joins Scunthorpe United on loan". This is Scunthorpe. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stoke City loanee James Alabi reminds Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws of one-time Iron striker John Gayle". This Is Scunthorpe. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe v Hartlepool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "James Alabi enjoys debut to remember, but Stoke City striker almost had to wait for first Scunthorpe United appearance". This is Scunthorpe. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Scunthorpe United: James Alabi extends loan from Stoke City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Stoke City striker James Alabi will stay on with Scunthorpe United". This is Scunthorpe. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Keane Enjoys Winning Debut". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "James Alabi: Mansfield Town sign Stoke City striker on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Southend 3–0 Mansfield". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rovers sign forward on loan from Stoke City". FGR. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Yan Klukowski strikes to earn Forest Green Rovers a replay in FA Trophy clash at Dartford". Gloucester Citizen. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Forest Green: James Alabi returns to Stoke City". Gloucester Citizen. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "ALABI LOAN MOVE COMPLETED". Scunthorpe United FC. 11 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "James Alabi returns to Stoke City at end of Scunthorpe United loan". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Striker Alabi signs on loan". Accrington Stanley. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "James Alabi few days on trial". De Graafschap. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Club Submit Retained List". Stoke City. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Doncaster 1–4 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Grimsby Town sign James Alabi on loan from Ipswich". Grimsby Telegraph. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  23. ^ "James Alabi signs for rest of season after leaving Ipswich Town". The Chester Chronicle. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  24. ^ Template:BBc Sport
  25. ^ Template:Http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40555061
  26. ^ James Alabi at Soccerbase
  27. ^ James Alabi at Soccerway

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